Taking the side panel off shows a pretty standard but functional interior design. Since we are working with a mid-tower design, it is not unexpected that there is no removable motherboard tray. The backing is designed to allow for the included grommets to be mounted and the system to be built with little fuss. This model is designed to accommodate motherboards of both ATX and Micro-ATX form factors.
The optical drive bays, as expected, are set up toward the upper portion of the drive tower. Each slot has its own rail to help with installation, so this is a nice addition that is becoming more rare nowadays.
Moving down brings us to the HDD tower. There are a total of seven bays, the top two are externally accessible. This leaves room for a boot/OS drive and a 4-drive RAID, so there is plenty of room for storage here.
All of the drives are set up to be installed with a minimal amount of fuss and offer a tool-free retention system. Though this is becoming a popular addition to many enclosures, it is not a common feature on a product aimed at being a low-cost component. Each drive bay has this retention system and it is very simple to operate.
Simply turn the knob on the side of the retention device and remove it. Once the drive is properly placed in the appropriate drive bay, put the retention device back in its place and turn the knob back to its original position. The two pins seat themselves in the screw holes of the drive and they are kept firmly in place with no movement of the drive noted. It isn't rocket science, but it is a neat and efficient way to keep your drives in place and also keep from having to manipulate those small screws.
The last item of note on the insides of the Soprano are the PCI retention devices that are also tool-free in design. To secure your add-on card, just place it into the PCI slot with the bracket in the up position. It will then slide down and lock itself into place and secure the card. While there seemed to be just a bit of movement when the component was installed, there were no problems with the device becoming unseated and not working properly. Of course, if you just don't feel comfortable with this, you can still use screws as normal since the back panel is fitted for the means of installation as well.One note regarding this retention mechanism... there were no issues with tall boards being used. Often times you find that a tool-free mechanism can get in the way of tall peripherals and not allow you to secure them properly. The Soprano mechanism is fitted back enough where this will not be a problem.
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