Inside the A+ Cupid 3
The removal of four Phillips head screws, two at the top and one on either side allows the black outer steel to slide back a bit and then lift out of the way. This exposes the inside and some of the included parts and hardware that come shipped inside.
Removing four more screws gets the power supply out of the way so that I could get a proper rear image of the case. You can start to see the split cages to hold drives and see where the wiring to the case stems from.
From the top, with everything out of the way you can get a real idea of the layout of the Cupid 3. The motherboard is mounted to four, stamped risers to keep it off the case floor. To the right you can see a stepped section of bent steel at the top and the bottom. These again are to support one optical drive and up to two HDDs. The PCB you can see is the back of the front panel inputs.
Speaking of that PCB, these are the connections that are found on the other end of the wiring. Starting with the wires connected to the power button, at the top left, there is the standard power switch and HDD activity LED connector. Then you are left with only the positive and negative LED power connections. Note, there is no reset connection. Moving counter clockwise, there is the USB 2.0 header and the front panel audio optional connector, followed lastly with the connection for data transfer of the card reader.
That leaves me with the power supply I removed early on. The Cupid 3 comes with a 200 Watt mini-ATX PSU and this power supply is ample enough to get any media PC up and running. While a 13 Amp, 12 volt rail isn't a lot, it is in fact plenty to keep even some power hungry older equipment running fine.
While the included PSU is pretty basic by most standards, it does have an active fan to aide in cooling the PSU and possibly helping to draw out warmer case air. They also offer no fancy sheathing, as what is the point when there isn't a window to see it and most times the HTPC is somewhere you can't see it anyway.
The specifications I was given to the Cupid 3 are just a bit off from this early released sample, but that is something that happens from time to time and is corrected prior to retail samples hitting the shelves. In this instance it was with the power supply connections that were supplied with my sample. From the bottom left, mine includes one SATA connector versus the three that are advertised. Hopefully this wasn't overlooked, as even an adapter would make this work out just fine. Then we have two molex 4-pin connectors that terminate into a 4-pin FDD connector. Moving right brings us to the 20+4-pin main power connector, while laying on top is the supplied P4 plug.
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