Case Build & Finished Product
For this round of images, we opted for the vertical orientation to display the X-Frame 2.0, as it sits securely on the stand. Access to the I/O panel is great, and the drive bays on the leading edge make swapping them out easy as can be. We can see the ventilated end of the PSU at the top, we see the card, and can also see the radiator and tubing in full view.
Working from the top down, we initially find the shiny, tinted window of the PSU in full view. The ATX motherboard fits with plenty of room for an E-ATX motherboard, and wires are easily passed through the management holes. While in use vertically, this is the view you will likely enjoy the most, where everything is clearly visible, and with open access to all of it.
Most times, this is not the side of the chassis which you would choose to see, but the ability of the stand to allow the chassis to spin around does make switching cards and connecting them to devices much simpler to do. Don't forget, you also can access the additional drive bays from this side, and can easily add in or take out wires from the PSU at the top.
Behind the motherboard tray, we found the provided hardware is sufficient to handle all of the chassis and PSU wires. A bit of planning is needed, but we were able to keep wires from causing issues with the stand in either orientation and also made certain nothing would lay on the desk if the stand were not in use. In other words, setting the chassis on the rubber pads found on the support rails at the top and bottom.
With the system now powered on, there are three things to mention. The PSU at the top of the chassis is now displaying green LED light through the mesh at this end. We can also see the blue LED ring around the power button, but what we missed was the blinking of the amber LED backing the HDD activity light.
Spinning the X-Frame 2.0 one more time, we can not only see the LEDs displayed through the tinted side of the PSU much better now, but we also see the LEDs on the AIO head unit as well as the video card. Too bad we do not have any LED DDR3 on hand, as it would go well with the rest of the view from this side of this open air chassis.
For those who were wondering, this is what the X-Frame 2.0 looks like when the stand is used to support it in the horizontal. Keep in mind that the chassis can spin around 360 degrees in this orientation too, and for most users with a lot of desk space, this is likely the way the chassis would be used.
This is also a great candidate for extreme cooling too, as the pots can stay full, and when not extreme cooling, you can reorient the chassis to save room until the next bench session or Dewar refill.
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