Now that we have looked at the outside of the case and features that it brings to the table. Lets take a look inside with the components in place.
Here is a side shot of the case with the cover off. You can see the fan connectors and front panel connectors along with a small white box of accessories in the middle.
Included in the box of accessories:
- Drive bay adaptors (5.25" to 3.5") along with face plate for when you want to mount a 3.5" disk drive
- Slotted SLI card stabalizer
- Two bags of misc. screws and motherboard stand-offs
As you can see, the molex connectors for each fan in this case are made with a new pass-through design to save cord clutter. Cables can be connected to the front and back. The little black switch on the right is included on every fan. It has a speed setting of Low-Medium-High, which is a really nice feature. However, it would have been better if the leads were longer and lead to the front or rear of the case.
Close to the drive bays, there are two adjustable cable ties to help with cord clutter. The bottom drive cages are held in by chrome thumbscrews. The 120mm fan mount on the back of the top drive cage is a nice touch, but it does get in the way of the motherboard I will be using.
Below is a comparison shot of the 200mm fan sized up next to a CD. This fan also has the three speed switch.
Another nice feature of this case is the rubber pads for the power supply. The power supply will rest on these pads when installed.
Here is the Rosewill Stallion 500W power supply with two blue LED fans, which was a perfect color match for this case.
These are the components that will be going into the system:
- Motherboard: ASUS M2NPV-VM with HD Video, S-Video, RCA Video outputs and 5.1 HD Audio
- CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Dual-Core (2.2GHz/core)
- RAM: CORSAIR XMS2 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR2-800 Dual Channel Kit (TWIN2X1024A-6400 G). Only one pair installed
- Hard Drive: HITACHI Deskstar 80GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
- PSU: Rosewill ATX V2.2 500W w/2 blue LED fans
As you can see, the 120mm fan mount as mentioned earlier, would be quite impossible to use in this scenario.
With a few quirks to work around, plenty of airflow, and plenty of space, this case is a gamers dream.
What I liked about this case is that there is a lot of room to work with inside and lots of breathing room for the fans and components. It also has nine drive bays, which is plenty for just about any type of computer builder.
The only drawback to the case is the fan speed switches. The leads on these are only about four or five inches long including the switch itself. They can not be used unless the side cover is taken off. The top mounted fan is useless unless you have room with the motherboard installed.
-- This review was submitted by Brybo.