In our tour of the internals, we'll start off with the optical drive bays since they're at the top. Though nothing unusual here, the fact that there are guide tabs along the bottom of each drive bay is an interesting touch. Though not as important since this case uses a rail system for optical devices, it is good to see someone cares about ease of installation.
The front cover plates are also a nice touch. They can be taken off by removing a couple of screws and then replaced when not in use. This is handy since it helps keep excess dirt out of the system when properly covered.
As above, the floppy bays are set up in much the same manner, but without the rail system in place. Both of these bays are externally accessible so you'll be set if you like to run fan controllers in the 3.5" slots.
Moving to the hard drive tower shows us space for five drives! This is perfect for those who like to run a single drive for the system and a RAID for storage of those *cough* downloadable tidbits of data *cough* that sometimes happens at your LAN party. To keep things nice and cool in the hard drive tower, you'll see the large 120mm fan sitting squarely in front of the bays. This will provide active cooling to the drives without having to resort to separate cooling methods.
And here we go with tool-free PCI installation...Round 2.
For those who have seen previous reviews of the Xaser series case, you'll probably recall that the tool-free attempt at PCI card installations were a lost cause. While the system worked fine for short cards, this pretty much left out their use for most video boards and sound cards, which both tend to stand a bit higher than normal due to the extra chips and memory required.
Today's offering looks to be a bit better as it doesn't require the PCI clip to move sideways across the card being installed. We'll take a peek at its effectiveness in a bit, but it is nice that the comments made were heeded.
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