The Build and Finished Product
With everything I could think to add installed in the Trooper, it is now time to take a spin around it for final inspection. The front, even with the drives in place, is an attractive thing to look at from here. The way the shiny mesh plays against the flat rubber finish with the long lines on the sides really stretch the tower visually, but touches like the X-Dock, and the Aluminum plate make this an unmistakable chassis at a glance.
I like that the X-DOCK allows the drive to slide in 75% of the way in as it locks into place. This not only allows access to any 2.5" drive on demand; if you need to leave it there for an extended period of time you will be less likely to bump into it and knock it on the floor.
I tried my best to fill this chassis, but even with my ATX setup with two GPUs in place, the case still looks empty. I'm sure a Gigabyte G1 XL-ATX board can fill the space a little more, but there is still plenty of room for more GPUs for quad GPU solutions or even folding farm.
After I saw the possibilities for water cooling potential inside the chassis I don't see the need for the holes here, but none the less they are appreciated for the option to have external water cooling as an option. As for the rest of the chassis, the black on black of the cards and power supply keep everything, well, black!
I went a little crazy with wire management to try to use up as many of the tie points as possible while still coming up with a clean looking solution. With the use of near thirty zip ties, and taking my time, I was able to get everything in place and I think looking pretty good for something I have to cover over with a panel.
Since I reinstalled the drive cages to the orientation they were shipped in, the red LED lighting from these fans can be seen trough the side ventilation. If you spun these around to face the front, you would be able to see it there as well through the mesh covers.
The last and to me most interesting thing to cover is the front I/O controls. The large button up top is backlit with a storm logo and is the power button. The three LEDs below work to show the fan speeds, and lighting conditions. The plus and minus buttons allow you to change the LED display, and the fans speed or lighting condition at the same time. The LEDs will go from one dim light for low fan speed and dim lights to three bright LEDs for high speed and bright lights with four stages in between. If you want the lighting off all together, use the center button to turn them on or off, no matter the fan speed settings.
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