|-- First Impressions
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The first thing I noticed was the shine right
through the poly wrapping. I also noticed that the internal case
temp was visible right when you opened the box. I don't know what
about this was so impressive, maybe it was just that as you open the
box it is apparent that it's already functioning...
It comes out of the box well protected and
with regular feet installed. An excellent assortment of screws in
a handy plastic box. I used the wheels, but the feet are of good quality
don't know why they are gold toned when the rest of the case is
chrome. I also
added the purple handles and screws. (My wife's favorite color. Maybe
she won't notice the big "ding" in the bank account.)
Ok let's tour the outside. Keep in mind I
put these purple accessories on and they don't come with the case. The first
thing that strikes you is the incredible shine. The Plexiglas front is
professionally done, meaning the edges have been properly flamed to make
the cuts crystal clear. There is a lot of computer manufacturing going
on here, either laser cut, laser drilled and/or in combination of auto
punched. Everything lines up perfectly.
The side window that comes with
this unit is flush with the case too. Not like others that are cut and placed
inside with rivets or gaskets. From the outside you can't tell how it is
attached; only that it is flush and perfectly matched. What Enermax
did was router cut a 2.0 mm recess in the edge of the Plexiglas. The side
panel is 2.0 mm aluminum and the window looks like 4 mm. Once in place,
a bead of silicone holds it there.
The front is equipped with front access
to USB, sound, and FireWire. It
seems that most front mount accessories currently provide this
feature. What I am struggling with is trying to stay away from having
12 USB and 4 firewire ports on the front of my machine. Donít get too excited about the Audigy EX black mounted
internal, it voids your Creative Audigy warranty. This is another
mod; if youíre interested write me, and I may do a review on it as
The back, aside from very tight tolerances, is pretty normal
except for the handle on the motherboard tray.
It has some small screws holding it in place, one discrepancy
from the specs, they put thumbscrews and motherboard tray in the
same sentence. I took
these out and tapped the holes to 6-32 for my purple thumb screws.
(my wife loves purple) The
bay covers on the front are painted just as well as the case.
The 3 Ĺ bays can be set either flush with the plexi or
recessed flush with the VR and temp read out.
The 5 ľ can only be mounted flush with the plexi. It
comes missing one of each size bay covers.
I presume they assume youíll put in at least one of each.
This was the last time Iíll build a case with a 3 Ĺ floppy
drive. I havenít used
it yet and probably never will. On
some pictures youíll notice I put the floppy drive in upside down.
Donít write and tell me, it's
When you get inside you find an easy
to place temp sensor you can position any place you want.
I suppose you can attach it directly to the underside of your
CPU. I put mine up high out
of the way to measure the rising hot air inside the case.
The black Digital Doc will augment this later.
I thought this case was black. Well
it is and it isnít. Having
only worked on this thing in my den I hadnít noticed the metallic
paint. I walked by the
front door with it and a ray of light from outside hit it.
I had to take it outside to take a close-up of the beautiful
paint job. You can
use Turtle Wax on this thing.