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Raidmax 822W "Cobra" Enclosure Review

By: Mike Wright | Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 5, 2004 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Raidmax

The Interior



Once you crack the case open you'll be greeted with a pretty standard setup as far as the interior is concerned. The layout is pretty generic, but offers everything you would expect it to.



As stated earlier, you will be able to install upwards of four optical devices in this model. Though there isn't any sort of tool-free installation system, you can see there are tabs on both sides of every slot. This makes installation much easier if you're not putting the drives in order from top to bottom.



Moving down the drive tower shows space for a total of six 3.5" drives. The top two are externally accessible and the bottom four are internal only. If you'll look closer, you'll also see there is mounting areas for a total of four 80mm fans on front! For those looking to maximize cooling, this can be a blessing. With the higher speeds of modern hard drives, the added airflow is a welcome addition indeed.


You'll get two fans already mounted in the default configuration.



As I mentioned earlier, both rear fan slots are filled for you in the default setup. This brings the total to five fans from the factory; three intake and two exhaust. This is a very good start to the over pressurized cooling I was talking about earlier.


And since we're on the subject of fans, let me show you a feature that I hadn't mentioned yet…



See that little green blob? That is actually a thermal sensor that automatically adjusts fan speed for you depending on the temperature it is recording. If the case gets too warm, it increases the power flow to them and cools things off. Of course, you can replace these fans with any other 80mm x 25mm fan if you prefer not to have an automatic thermal control.


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