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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
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TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: GameTiger

The Build and Final Product

 

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Removing the bezel to gain access to install an optical drive, I found I had to snip a cable tie in the case to allow the wires attached to it to come out enough for this image. As for the bay covers, you need to remove them from the inside and they are held in place with tabs on each side.

 

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When I was trying to put the front bezel back on, I noticed the mesh in bay two needed bending to go under the drive and the tabs at the top are sort of a paint to lock back in place. The good thing is this won't have to come off often.

 

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Even if I had left the drive bays in, I would have still been able to fit the HD 7950 and without them blocking the intake fan I can take better advantage of the stock air flow. As for everything else, I don't recall any issues with fit or alignment.

 

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One thing I do like about this design is that there is an offset to the rear I/O and expansion slots. This will help from ripping cords out of the sockets. As for the PSU and rear I/O plate, their fit was easy and also gave me no issues.

 

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Behind the motherboard tray I really wanted to test the capacity of the space. On the left side you can see I bundled all of the front I/O wiring, the STAT cables and even the Molex plug for the fan controller. I also appreciate the 8-pin EPS hole at the top right corner, a must in a case in my opinion.

 

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Now we have the GameTiger T-Rex-Fr16 all back together and waiting for me to power it up.

 

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Just for those wondering, this is what the HDD dock looks like with a 3.5" drive in it. I assume if you are careful with the alignment you can use a 2.5" drive here as well, but there is no guide, you are going by feel only, which could damage the drive and the dock.

 

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With power applied there is a gentle hum from the fans as the one in the front and at the top glow with red LEDs. Under the power button there is a blue LED for system power, with another that flickered for the SSD. There is also the blue LED of the fan controller, but as you can see, it isn't visible unless you are right on top of the chassis.

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