Once you crack open the side you are greeted with a wide open realm of possibilities. While not the largest of case designs, you'll still find plenty of room inside to begin play.
As mentioned before, there is room for up to five optical devices. All five bays are externally accessible so you can do almost anything you want. This gives you room for a DVD burner, a couple of CD burners, and even room left over for baybus devices or fancy gauges like the Cooler Master Musketeer. There is plenty of room for expansion here.
Also of note is that the bays all use a screwless drive rail system. You simply snap the rails into place on the drive and mount them. This type of mounting makes installation a snap, so I have really come to enjoy this feature.
Moving down to the lower portion of the drive tower shows us the hard drive bays. They are mounted sideways like some of the expensive enclosures. Like the optical devices, NZXT employs a screwless rail system for the hard drives. Even better is that the default configuration for this enclosure also includes enough rails to fill up the drive bays! This isn't something that is always included with rail-mounted enclosures.
The drive bay can be removed by taking out the bottom thumb screw and unlatching the lever on top of the bay, but the only reason you really need to get it out is if you're going to use the fan mount that sits behind the drives. As mentioned earlier, be careful with this fan mount as you can interrupt the airflow from the front fan.
Here was a nice little feature that I haven't seen utilized; an insulated clip for those pesky spare cables. This is a nice touch and allows you to tuck some of the extra wiring out of the way so it doesn't droop down and possibly get into the fan blades. It also lets you keep your normal cabling under control and lets you keep everything neat and orderly. I had no problems running the standard Molex strands through this clip and then setting them up where needed.
As far as motherboard compatibility, this model enclosure will work with ATX, Micro ATX and Baby AT. It uses a standard brass standoff mounting system and even includes fiber grommets for use between the mounting screw and the motherboard. This is something that a majority of manufacturers seem to have forgotten over the years, but I still like to use them since it minimizes the chance for shorts between the case and the mainboard. Kudos to NZXT for remembering there are still some old schoolers out in the world.
While the grommets were a nice addition, there seems to be something missing; like a removable motherboard tray. Granted, one of the concepts for this design was a low price (I'll talk about pricing later), but in smaller enclosures, a removable tray is really nice. For those with large hands like me, it can be a challenge to install a system inside a case like this. Not a huge issue, but one I like to make mention of.
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