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By: Mike Wright | Other PSUs in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 8, 2007 4:00 am

Mountain Jade Tiny Tower - Interior



Popping the cover is reminiscent of removing the top from an old desktop rig. Of course, this was to be expected given the small size of the Mt. Jade. I was impressed with the clean look of this enclosure once the top was removed. What's more, there are no additional fans for cooling. The optical drive is mounted in the upper left corner, the external 3.5" device is mounted in the far right upper bay and the hard drive is mounted just to the left of that. There is also enough height to allow for reasonable cable management.



A look at from the side shows a different view of that cage that was pictured toward the lower left in the photo directly above this one. This is an innovative cooling mechanism designed for Intel brand processors that worked surprisingly well. After mounting the motherboard and processor (preferably with the stock Intel HSF), you move the plate so that it is mounted directly over the HSF. The radial sink will be partially inside the hole. The purpose of this mechanism is to allow the airflow to come directly from the cool vented air outside the case and allow a very minimal amount of warm air to be recirculated back through the fins of the HSF.



As with many smaller enclosures on the market today, the Mt. Jade includes a pre-installed power supply. It isn't a powerhouse, but then it shouldn't be in this type of system. The power supply used in this enclosure is a FSP branded model rated at a maximum of 300 watts. The rails are not too bad either. The 3.3v rail is rated at 20A, the 5v rail is rated at 18A and the two 12v rails are rated at 8A and 16A respectively. As mentioned, the PSU isn't a monster, but most applications for this type of enclosure will not need a massive power draw anyway. In the event your system does require more juice, this enclosure is fitted for a standard SFX type power supply.


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