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GameTiger T-Rex FR-16 Gaming Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 7, 2012 1:52 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: GameTiger

Inside the GameTiger T-Rex FR-16




What separates the T-Rex from the Xniper even with just the first look inside is that here the wires are tended to and the hardware box is still where GameTiger tied it up. Compared to the last one we saw, I simply can't believe this is from the same company.




The four 5.25" drive bays have this tool-less clip that slide to the back top unlock and then they will lift out of the way to slide a drive in. Once in place, set the pins on the latches and slide the lock forward to secure it. In the bottom bay is a tray that will allow a 3.5" device or a 2.5" drive to go in the 5.25" bays.




There are six hard drive rack that work like all the rest, wrapping around the drive to secure it into place. There are two sections of the HDD bays and not only are the top two bays removable, with two more thumbscrews getting removed, the bottom section of four is also removable.




Just like that, the hard drive bays are gone leaving room for water cooling goods, really anything you want, even a bobble head doll if you want. Removing them does expose the 120mm red LED fan that is in the front of the case and you can see the wire goes up, because it is already wired to that fan controller.




In the top of the T-Rex you can see the 120mm red LED fan on the left half and the bottom of the HDD dock on the right. In order to power the HDD dock it needs a 4-pin Molex lead and you have to provide the SATA cable and looking closer at the dock shows that there is a place to power a fan here as well.




The motherboard tray offers seven wire management holes, four of which come with grommets installed. The tray has six of the risers already in place and allows for both Micro-ATX and ATX motherboards. You also get access to the CPU cooler and six places to tie up wires.




On the floor of the T-Rex there are two long pads to set the PSU on to help isolate it from the chassis, but again there is not a gasket at the back. Note, some PSUs will be too long to allow access to the fan hole in front of the PSU.




In the back, since this isn't an LED fan, GameTiger at least matches the red on black theme found throughout the case. Something to keep in mind about the latches on the expansion slots, if you have a special cooler or any sort of support near the end of the card, these latches will be hard to use.




I like what I see here. Native USB 3.0, black cables for the USB 2.0 and HD Audio wires, it all looks pretty good. I just wish the front panel header wires got the same treatment and there would be nothing odd looking around the motherboard inside of the case.




I will say the room behind the motherboard tray is 15mm at best. But with the T-Rex, you get an additional 5mm inside of the door panel making wiring much easier to do in the T-Rex than in the Xniper.

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