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Maingear Shift Limited Edition Chassis Review (Page 7)

By: Chad Sebring from Apr 30, 2012 @ 11:38 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Maingear

The Build and Final Product


All finished with the build and the Maingear Shift Limited Edition case look just as sleek as it did when I first looked at it. No traces at all of really anything inside, nor anything that sticks out and breaks up the aesthetic appeal.


Opening the door shows the ODD installed. One thing to note here is that Maingear says due to the audio cable they don't recommend you use an ODD, but as you can see it can still be done if you plan for it.


The EPIC 180 Supercooler is in and mounted, the EPIC Audio Engine is wired and ready and all the rest of the hardware went in pretty well without substantial issues that come to mind.


Like I said before, the PSU is inserted a few inches into the chassis and the back of the Shift is built square. The large diamond cut hole makes plugging in and hitting the switch on the PSU pretty easy.


Those that read my EPIC 180 Supercooler review know that it offers an offset shroud and that was to allow long PSUs like this one to be installed and there be plenty of room left for wiring and air flow.


The top of the chassis filled out as one would expect, again no real issues with alignment or the rear I/O panel being tough to get in.


The back of the chassis has the large tabs that help to take the bulk of the wiring from right to left. As for the bit of wiring going up, there is room for those easily to run there. I did remove the drive adapters because I have bad luck with them in general and it also cleans up the build.


All ready now for the power cord and off we go into the testing phase of this chassis and incorporated goods. When powered things don't change and the system power and HDD activity lighting is almost completely hidden from view on the right side of the chassis about a third of the way up from the bottom.

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