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Enermax Steelwing Premium Aluminum Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Small Form Factor Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 5, 2017 1:46 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Enermax

Inside the Steelwing

 

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In the way this chassis is shipped, you will have a view of the interior right away, and the panel is not there to block this view. We find the front I/O wires are bound together and laid in behind the HDD bracket. This is also where Enermax ships the hardware box, and without a panel to be damaged in transit in place, these are free to float around without worries of damage.

 

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We took this image to show how the PCB is mounted on the inside, and where all of the wires stem from, but we can also see that to remove the mesh front panel, you have to unscrew it from the inside of the chassis to clean it.

 

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Lower on the front panel, we find that Enermax has shipped a 120mm fan inside of this removable bracket. There are two screws on the right side of the bracket that need to be removed, and once done you lift on the bracket and slide it off a pair of pins holding the left side to the chassis.

 

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After removing the front bracket, we have some choices to make. We can either change the fan if we wanted, install a 120mm AIO radiator onto it, or by using the innermost holes; we can also install a 3.5" hard drive here.

 

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The motherboard tray is a flat expanse of textured aluminum, and we find that all of the standoffs are already installed for a Micro-ATX motherboard. The power lead from the fan is also visible, where we find a 3-pin coinfection near the end, but can also be powered via Molex connectivity.

 

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The floor of the chassis is where the second storage drive bracket can be found. This bracket is intended to have a 3.5" drive slid into the bottom with a 2.5" drive slid in at the top, both of which require screws for secure mounting.

 

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The storage bracket is removable once a single screw is removed and the bracket is slid towards the front of the Steelwing. This makes it much easier to install drives, and if left out of the chassis, leaves the floor wide open for custom mounting options for anything you may feel inclined to add.

 

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From the inside, the back of the Steelwing does not offer much more to see than what we gained from the outside. The only thing we can see now that we couldn't before is the tab of aluminum which helps align the PSU, and is a guide as to how tall the CPU air cooler can be.

 

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Behind the motherboard tray there is nothing of value to find, nor is there any room. The panel screws directly to the back edge of the chassis, and at the front, it screws into the fin support bars. All we see here is textured aluminum and some blow-through around the holes from the coloring process.

 

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There is no reason any of these cables should not reach the appropriate spot on the motherboard, as they are all longer than the case is. From top to bottom, we can see the Molex connection at the end of the fan lead; there is a native USB 3.0 connector, the thin wires from the power button, HDD activity LED and the power button LED, and then we locate the HD audio connection.

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