|-- First Impressions
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The first thing that came across me was the strong
build of the case. The anodized surface makes the aluminum a
lot tougher, so this one's rugged enough to bang around (not that I
would suggest it...).
The strange bit about this case is the
positioning of the drive bays. The two (2) 3.5" bays are
actually on the top, while the one (1) 5.25" bay is positioned
on the left, sideways. Right in the middle are the features of
the case, two removable hard drive bays. To remove them, you're going to
need the key that is included in the box to pull those bays
out. These are not hot swappable! So DO NOT pull them
out while your machine is on. Keep that in mind...
Also on the front are the large power
and reset buttons, which are right above the normal HD and power
light. Underneath those lights, are the two USB2.0 front port
There are two lights above each removable
drive bay, an amber and a green LED. The green signifies there's
power going to the drives and amber indicates access of data. One
thing to note, to have power go to your drives, make sure you close the
key lock with your key. The system will not let you start up with
your HD in your removable drive while its unlocked! Nice safety
feature for people who may accidentally pull the drives out while its
On the back of the unit, we see the
thumbscrew construction in full effect. The top picture shows the
upper portion of the removable motherboard tray. There are four
(4) screws that hold the tray in place. To the right of the tray,
is where the PSU will be positioned. Please note again, Lian Li DOES
NOT provide a PSU with this case.
Underneath the PSU bracket, are two loops
where you can fasten a lock. Another added security feature to
prevent anyone jacking your components while you're not looking.
This happens, quite useful when attending any public events.
To even things out a bit, an Enermax
430 Whisper PSU is used. A 92mm fan on the bottom of the PSU
and an 80mm fan exhausting air makes this PSU one of the best to use for
any case. We're going to use the same PSU that we did in our
aluminum case round up. This makes comparing temperature scores a
tad more even.
The included accessories is top notch,
they've included a bag full of screws, a wire holder, some extra rubber
feet (I think those are feet), zip ties, key and a small screw driver.
These are some good shots to show you the amount
of space you have to work with. If you have any long video cards
(Voodoo5s), you may want to reconsidered getting this case. We
barely cleared our 170mm evga GF2MX card. Good thing this case has
a slide out motherboard tray, installation would have been a real pain
without it. At least the expansion slots on the back are all
fastened with thumbscrews!