- Drive Bays
To start things off right, we have a huge amount of room for even the most dedicated of optical drive connoisseurs. Even if you happen to have a CD-ROM drive, a DVD, a CD burner, and a DVD-RW drive, this case will handle it all. Not only that, but it will also have enough room left over for the mounting of a SoundBlaster Live Drive and a Digi-Doc monitoring system too.
That's right, this case has six 5.25" drive bays and every single one of them is accessible from the front of the case. So no matter what kind of system you run, chances are that this case will be able to handle it all and then some.
Next up in our look at the drive bays is the area designated for the floppy drive. A very nice feature here is the fact that the entire tray pulls out and allows you to easily install the floppy drive and another 3.5" device that requires front access. To place it back in, just slide it into the slot and use two thumb screws to hold it in place.
If you don't have the need to use a floppy drive, then the tray can just be removed to give yourself another 5.25" drive bay. It won't be accessible from the outside of the case, but will serve as additional storage if needed.
Finally, we come to the 3.5" drive bays. To put it bluntly, there are more bays available here than most people will ever need. Even if you want to run a 4-drive RAID setup, you can. You have a total of six spaces available for addition of hard drives. All are hidden from outside view, but allow for cooling. Here's how:
See the fan mount in the picture above? Each removable hard drive enclosure has a mount for an 80mm x 80mm x 25mm fan. This allows you to run today's fast spinning hard drives and still add active cooling so that things don't get out of hand. With all the heat that multiple hard drives can create, it's nice to know that you won't have to worry too much about their temperatures.
- Power Supply Unit
The included PSU that comes with this case is a good one. Antec has always had a good power supply, and this PP412X is no exception. Coming in at a rated 400 watts, it will easily meet the demands of a power system. It also comes with both an auxiliary connector and a Pentium 4 connector, so it will be able to support nearly any system imaginable. It is an ATX 2.03 unit and is backward compatible for maximum benefit.
Antec makes their PSU's to be as quiet as possible, so they have installed a thermal sensor that adjusts the speed of the fan depending on the case temperature. It also seems that they did their job just a bit too well. They tend to be so quiet that customers thought that the fan wasn't working! To give a peace of mind to consumers, Antec added a 3-pin connector that can be attached to a spare fan header on the motherboard. The purpose of this connector is to allow you to monitor the fan speed by means of the BIOS or a third party diagnostic utility. Seems that there are still a handful of manufacturers that still believe that the customer is right.
Since this case is designed to handle an abundance of devices, we're going to need to be able to give them some power, aren't we? The PP412X has plenty of Molex connectors to handle the workload. Their length is also long enough to reach all the areas of this monster of a case. So whether you have a DVD in the very top bay, or a hard drive in the very bottom one, you'll be able to get the power to it.
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