Removing the side panel allows us to take a closer look at what the interior has to offer. As with the outer shell, the interior is all aluminum with rolled edges to keep you from damaging yourself when installing your new system. The empty box has a neat look and a good deal of room to work with.
The optical drive tower sits at the top of the front edge of the case. Each individual bay has an edge built in to let you easily install your optical drives. As noted earlier, the top two bays have a hinged plate that flips down when the drive tray is opened. The other bays have a more standard plate that will need to be removed if you need the bay to be externally accessible. Installation can be done normally or by using the included thumb screws sized to handle optical drives.
At the bottom of the optical drive bay is the conversion tray that allows you to install a 3'5" device, whether it be a floppy drive or a multi-media card reader. If you would rpefer to utilize this space for an extra optical device or need the space for a water cooling reservoir, just remove the tray and you are set.
At the base of the drive tower you will fine an aluminum box for your hard drives. As you can see from the photo above, it is actively cooled with a 120mm fan and this fan is positioned directly behind the venting we noted earlier at the bottom of the front bezel. There is room for up to four hard drives and each slot that holds a drive has a rubber strip in place to take care of any vibration. This keeps noise down and also keeps the vibration from working loose any screws for the system. Drives were solidly planted in their appropriate spot after mounting into this cage.
Moving to the bottom panel takes us to the area in which your power supply will be mounted. Since it is mounted in the bottom of the enclosure, the PSU fan(s) will not really be playing an active part in the overall cooling scheme of the system. Of course, this works out pretty well since there is a filtered vent in the bottom that will allow the fan to draw in cool air, circulate it through the power supply, then vent it directly out the back of the box. This will help your PSU provide the best possible power to your system.
Moving up the back panel shows us several features. The first thing that grabs the eye is the dual exhaust fans, one at the rear and one on the top panel. Both are 120mm fans and manage to do their job with very little noise. Given heat's natural tendency to rise, the placement of these two fans is optimal for getting rid of that heat that is the bane of all of us.
Also of note is the pair of rubber grommets you see above the PCI slots. Most will have already figured out that this is a huge plus for those making use of an external water reservoir system. The grommets are large enough to handle the largest tubing sizes but still useful with smaller diameter tubing since there are rubber flaps to keep the cooling system from moving around a lot.
As for the peripheral slots, each is equipped with thumb screws in keeping with the tool-free concept of this case design.
Tucked away inside the case is a small mesh bag that has some goodies to make your installation a bit easier. Let's take a quick peek to see what we get.
Well, we have screws of about any size you will need for your system, including thumb screws for most of the components. Also in the bag are a couple of extra PCI slot covers that are vented, some Velcro straps and small zip ties to help with cable management, and a keychain that includes the serial number of your case. Finally, there is a Molex splitter just in case you run into some extra power needs.
Overall, this is a complete package of paraphernalia to ensure a simple installation of your system. While none of the included items are earth shattering, it is good to see that a little common sense was used in the concept.
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