Remember that swinging door for a side-mounted fan? Well, it does a little more than just allow you to insert a 80mm fan. It also acts as a means to secure your AGP and PCI peripherals. Those protrusions coming from the side of the fan bay move downward so they sit right on top of your installed card. Once the door is secured, it keeps everything firmly in place. This can be very handy if you move your case around for LAN parties and such. In the event you have a card that is too tall to accommodate the use of the latch, you can easily remove if by simply pulling it completely out.
Speaking of those PCI devices, you'll see a full complement of seven port openings. This should give you full compatibility with just about all motherboards on the market. And in keeping with the tool-free theme of this enclosure, there is a simple manner to install your cards...
Just a little pinch of the latching device lets you raise the lock out of the way to insert any sized board I've yet to find. Even tall cards like video and sound are easily installed. Many so-called tool-free locking mechanisms don't work well with taller boards, but this one works flawlessly. Insert the board and bring the lock down until it clicks into place. It is that simple.
While I generally don't spend too much time on the far side of the case, this model has two items that need to be brought up. The first is the removable motherboard tray. If you'll look toward the left side of the motherboard tray you'll see a pair clips like those that secure the side panels. Unlocking them allows you to remove the motherboard tray for easy system board installation. This is always a welcome addition to any case design, but even more so when you're talking a mid-tower model that has limited space inside.
The second thing that needs to be mentioned is the addition of a right side fan mount. If you'll recall, that optional installation of a 120mm fan didn't do a thing to cool those fast-spinning hard drives. The answer to that was to insert a fan on the far side of the drive tower that blows air constantly over these devices. With hard drives getting ever faster spindle speeds, active cooling has pretty much become mandatory.
The bad thing, though, is the omission of any filtering for incoming fans. There is no filtration for this side fan, nor is there any filtration for any other incoming fan used in this enclosure. I would recommend getting something in place on your own if you decide on this case design.
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