Inside Ikonik Ra 2000 Black IC-RBDAB-C000 Full Tower Chassis
With the windowed panel out of the way, you get a glimpse at even more black. This time you can see a few of the tool-less mechanisms, whereas the front drive covers are a bit more stealth in design. The paper taped to the tray shows two things; the flow of the air inside the chassis and the fact that with the removal of one screw the motherboard tray can slide right and be removed for easy assembly.
Next to a rather large bundle of wires there are all the drive bays. The 5.25" bays use tool-less clips. These clips function with a simple push of the round button to lock the drive in place. Just slide the oval shaped black piece to unlock the drives; pretty simple. Now for the 3.5" dive bays, they have been rotated to keep them out of play with GPU alignment. These bays use simple "slides" that set in the mounting holes of the drive and allow it to slide in and out with ease.
Did you notice the four thumbscrews on the 3.5" rack? Removal allows for not only easier installation of the hard drives, but also allows access to maintain the front two 120mm fans. Things are a bit tight in there for a radiator, but with some creative modding it is possible.
Just to the left of the 5.25" bays you will find that thumbscrew in the top right corner of the motherboard tray, by the E10 designation for Extended ATX motherboards.
The motherboard tray has been removed before this image; that is why you now only see the two support rails. Ikonik even routes some of the fan wiring to be sure there are no issues getting the tray in and out with them still connected. The eight expansion slot covers are vented and held into position with thumbscrews, leaving us with the two holes with grommets for water cooling tubes.
The included wiring is clearly marked and plenty long enough to get where they need to go. On the left are all the standards; power reset, USB, FireWire, all that jazz. To the right is part of the fan control system. The end closest receives the power and controls both the top and rear exhaust fans.
With the rear panel and the motherboard tray removed we see the skeletal remains of the structure. With all the mainboards material gone for support, I now see the need for the move to thicker steel to support the design. There are holes in the top rail to support wire management a bit and room next to the drive bays and behind the hard drive rack to hide a little more if needed later. Even in this "skeletal" state, the Ra 2000 is very solid in feel and it isn't flimsy as I whirl it around to install things.
Laying it down, I wanted to show three things. One, the rubber isolated aluminum banded feet that keep vibrations away from the users desktop. Second is the ventilation in the floor of the chassis. If you choose a bottom mounted PSU, Ikonik provided a way for the fan to breathe cold air from the floor. If you use a top mounted position there is room for fans and possibly a radiator here; again some modding may be required.
Last, at the other end of the chassis we finally get to see just how well the top mesh is ventilated and the accompanying fan included in the chassis.
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