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Inside we also find the rear mounted 80mm intake fan.

For some reason, Sunbeam only includes one 80mm fan even though this bracket is designed to hold two fans.

While the bracket has vents pointed down to suck air away from the CPU, it also blocks off a considerable chunk of the fan from my PSU.

The standard I/O panel can be removed and replaced with a specialized bracket like the ones that come with my Intel motherboard.  Although you can not replace the original standard I/O panel after you have removed it.

Another issue I had was with the PCI slot supports.  These little plastic things are meant to hold PCI cards in place without the use of tools.  While this is a great idea in theory, it doesn't work in real life.  My USB and firewire bracket wouldn't even let the tab come down to hold it, while the graphics card pulled hard enough on its bracket to break it free.  Fortunately there are little holes where normal screws would be.  Unfortunately, these holes aren't tapped out.  So after using my tools to tap the holes out, I was able to secure my cards with regular screws.  When it comes securing a PCI slot, if you are going for a tooless construction, then you should use regular tapped holes and include thumbscrews.  Exotic solutions like this never work right and I just wind up using screws anyway.

The acrylic on the door comes with a protective backing on one side, although I fail to see the point of it.  It would stand to reason any damage in shipping would happen to the exterior side of the acrylic rather than the interior. 

I also dislike the way they mounted the acrylic.  The black tabs appear to be fan mounting tabs, and in addition to not looking very professional, they don't hold up very well.  Black or painted rivets would have been a much better solution.  Oddly enough, the 80mm fan grill on the side is not really capable of supporting a fan.  The tabs are only enough to support the grill and are not long enough to add a fan.

Here we see the inside of the front cover.  I was unable to determine a way to mount a fan up here, so you can pretty much forget filling all of the avalible bays with hard drives.




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