The LCD display is one of the neater things about this case. It is designed to be on all the time so it will always stand out in the crowd. And yes, I said it is always on. When you power down the system, the display will change over to the clock mode (as shown above) and tell you that the system is powered down by displaying an icon of a plug with an X through it. When the system is running normally, you can choose to display the time or the temperature that is measured with the attached thermal probe.
Speaking of the thermal probe, it should be noted that it is long enough to reach pretty much anywhere of importance within the case. Whether you want to measure the temperature of the HDD, the ambient temperature inside the case, the processor temperature, graphics card... well, you get the idea. But how does it all work?
The first thing we should cover is the means that it gets the juice from the system. It is rather obvious by looking at it that it won't just manage on a meager little 5v rail. No, this beast wants POWER! The connector you see above is how it gets that power. You hook this contraption into the 20-pin main power connector on your motherboard. From there, you plug the main 20-pin power connection from the PSU into this hookup. This will allow the LCD display to piggyback the needed power straight from the main PSU. It also ensures that the juice won't be cut when you power down the system. Pretty interesting concept here. After the power needs have been addressed, you just attach the thermal probe where you want it and go for the gusto.
Now that the LCD display has been hooked up, we can turn out attention to the other front-mounted ports that are available. From left to right above you'll see cabling for Firewire, Audio and the two USB ports. All cabling needs to be hooked up to your motherboard's pinouts to get the desired operation to work, but the case comes with a pretty easy to understand layout of the pins for the case. With a little research in your motherboard manual, you'll be ready to utilize the full potential of this case in no time flat.
For reference sake, here is a quick shot of the thermal probe. It is sitting next to the splitter for the HDD LED, which allows for the use of the HDD Activity Indicator in the LCD display as well as the regular LED on the front of the case.
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