The Build and Finished Product
Before I went anywhere I put about twenty minutes into regaining control of the case wiring. Now with everything routed cleanly, I know where everything is, so let's get this thing full of components!
I know the specs don't say that an E-ATX board is supported. Placing in my 990FXA-UD7, I found out the hard way why it isn't listed, but that doesn't in any way mean it doesn't "fit" in the Touch 320, it's just that you need to adjust the wiring a bit.
Back outside of the chassis we are ready to take a spin around again and see what it looks like finished. The tool-less latch on the DVD drive does leave it recessed a bit past the mesh covers, but I would rather that than have it sticking out. Other than that the front of the chassis is relatively the same.
The lack of 2.5" drive support made me get creative in the optical drive bays, but it left the bottom open and ready to allow the flow of air into the chassis to go unimpeded. The rest of the hardware, and yes even the oversized motherboard were no real issue for the Touch 320 to take on. There is even some room left over.
The rear of the chassis is as we would expect to find it at this stage. All of the holes are filled with I/O plate, cards, and the PSU with the gasket between it and the case.
I mentioned that some places only offer 15mm of room, while others are deeper, like the left edge of the motherboard tray, and the area next to the hard drive rack. Even so, with a bit of time and patience, wiring can be controlled and it still allows the side to slide right over it.
Power up is a bit odd. The light you see in the case is my CPU cooler. As the panel lights up on the front booting the PC, there is a five second delay for the case fans to react.
When the fans do kick in, the blue ring of the high speed setting goes away. Even if you shut the case off in high speed, it always boots in low speed mode.
In low speed the case was audible from the three feet the tripod is away from the case, but once I touched the high speed fan button, it was "bring on the noise" loud! I have had many vacuum cleaner-like cases in my day, but this thing was louder, just know this isn't designed with silence in mind in any way.
Look close, the fans are stopped, yet the blue LEDs continue to glow! I do like this option for those who want to sleep with this case in their room. You may like the glow, but being able to silence the chassis is a huge plus in my book.
This last image in the series shows all of the lights active now, including the ones at the bottom of the bezel, now lit, indicating the hard drives activity.
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