Inside the Spirit M
The bezel is easily removable, and behind it we see the cover is held by a pair of tabs. The mesh behind the venting is screwed in place, and can be removed for cleaning. The front of the chassis has the I/O panel; the front section also has an installed fan, and another fan can go in just below it.
Looking inside of the chassis, we see an open expanse of black steel. The wiring is tended to in the ODD bay, and we also spot the hardware and paperwork in the HDD cage.
You can mount whatever device you choose in the single ODD bay using screws. However, if you have no need for the ODD bay, it is removable. Removing the ODD bay provides room for things like radiator headers in front, and opens the top so you can fill both holes there with more than just fans.
Along with the DCP branded fan hanging in the lower section of this chassis, we also find a rack that holds 3.5" drives with rails, and has holes in the top for mounting a drive there as well. Removing a pair of thumbscrews like the one at the bottom allows this rack to be moved completely out of the way.
Not only does this make mounting drives much easier, but it also opens up the front for access to additional cooling installations. With mounting options on the motherboard tray as well, we could leave this out altogether.
There is a very large access hole in the top of the motherboard tray that will hold either an ITX or Micro-ATX motherboard. There are also five tie points to go along with the four wire routing options at the top, and down the right side.
The HDD cage can limit the length of the PSU, but the floor offers four supports to hold the PSU slightly off the floor, and in position for installation. In the tray there is a large hole to use, but the cramped space there really limits anything other than a flat-cabled PSU kit.
This is where the specifications say that fan should have been, and this location is a bit more common for fan placement, but as you can see, there is no fan in this location. We also do not see screws in the expansion slot covers since they are break-away style.
The right three-quarters of the tray offers a millimeter or two of room; the bump in the side panel is really all of the room you have to work with. To the left, there are holes for hanging a pair of 2.5" drives, or a single 3.5" drive, and this is the only place with room for wiring.
The chassis wiring that comes from the front I/O panel is designed to go in a thin space. The USB 3.0 cable is the thickets, and both the HD audio and the connections for lights and buttons are on the end of black ribbon cables, so they stay flat behind the tray.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Xigmatek Spirit M Mini-Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the Spirit M]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Case Build and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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