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Sky Hawk USA Jupiter Case Review

By: Mike Wright | Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 28, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.0%Manufacturer: Sky Hawk USA

The Interior



So far, so good. We seem to have a definite winner in the makings here, but before we pass judgement we'll need to take a peek within the lustrous confines. So let's see what we have waiting under the hood.



Starting off toward the top of the case we see the drive bays for your optical devices. As stated earlier, there is plenty of room available here, so it is unlikely that you'll run out of bays. If you do, then you should be looking at hardcore server cases.


Fitting the drives into the slots is a simple matter. The screws fit though the slots in the bay side panel and there is nothing to get in the way of the screws. If you remove the far side panel, you'll get an unobstructed view of the other side of the drive bays to get the other two screws installed. Very simple indeed.



The 3.5" drive bays are just about the same as the 5.25" ones above, so nothing out of the ordinary to concern yourself with. But to remove the exterior panel on this set of bays, all that is needed is a finger. Just force the tab on each side inward a bit and the panel will come right off.



The next item up for your perusal is the HDD bays. Though the drive bay isn't the removable type, it is still very simple to install the drives (up to four). Using the same technique as installing the other drives, you'll just have to lay the drive over one of the sets of slots and push downward a bit. This will create a tight fit for the hard drive when it is mounted and will help reduce noise caused by vibration.


Also of note is the placement of an 80mm x 80mm x 25mm fan right in front of this set of bays. This will help create a constant flow of air over your drive(s). With the hard drives today spinning at faster speeds, heat is becoming a serious issue. It is good to see case manufacturers creating designs with this in mind.



When I first saw this contraption, I wasn't really sure what to make of it. What we have is a small blower that brings air from the rear of the case and blows it directly onto the HSF. Of course, you can switch things around to switch the direction of airflow, but I'll leave that up to your imagination. Here are a couple more pictures to give you a better look at this device:




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