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Opus TT-501 Titanium Tiny Tower (mATX) Enclosure Review

By: Mike Wright | Small Form Factor Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 26, 2004 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.5%Manufacturer: Opus Technologies

The Interior



Now that we've gotten over the luster of the exterior, lets take a look at what comes on the inside of the box. With the small footprint we already know it won't have the space we've grown accustomed to in larger enclosures, but we need to make sure we have enough room for a decent system.



Mounted toward the top of the unit are the hard drives. Since the only thing mounted on the top portion of the exterior of the box is an LCD panel, we have room to spare right behind it. A single screw allows you to remove the hard drive tower and gives you room for a pair of standard 3.5" drives. With modern drives, this can give you upwards of 600GB of storage space, so will fit in with a good system.



Below the hard drive bays is the cage for the two optical drives. Again, a single screw can be removed to take the cage out of the enclosure for easy mounting of the drives. They mount sideways from what you're likely used to, but I have had no troubles using them in this manner. Since a vast majority of CD and DVD drives come with small extending tabs for just this purpose, the disks can still be easily inserted and accessed as normal.


You may be asking why there is a gap between the cage and the base of the enclosure. This gap, while being very close enough in size to allow another drive to be mounted, gives room for the IDE cables. The mainboard will be sitting directly beneath this cage and many of them place the IDE channels right under this location (as with the Albatron board used in today's piece). This still allows you to get the cables from the drive to the mainboard with little trouble.



At the bottom the case is the FDD bay. Since the I/O ports take up one of the externally accessible openings, you are left with room for a single 3.5" device. Whether you prefer a floppy drive or some sort of other backup media device is up to you.



Unlike many enclosures available today, the TT-501 comes with a power supply. Considering the small design, this is a good idea, as a normal sized unit won't fit the enclosure.


The unit included is a 300-watt Topower model, which should be more than capable of handling a normal system installed. While not enough to handle the powerful enthusiast rigs, it can still handle multiple drives and a strong processor with a better than average video board.


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