Inside the Ai Crustal Cube Lite
Removing the front bezel shows a couple of things, but they are found on the front of the chassis. The first thing is that the wires stay on the chassis for the front I/O panel and the power button. The second, and equally important thing is that the 140mm fans and the 80mm fans in the front are filtered with magnetically attached dust filters. There is also a bay at the top, which could be used for something backlit, so it is visible through the glass panel.
The first look inside of the chassis is one of vast openness. The motherboard tray has a cooler access hole, and the standoffs are pre-installed for ATX motherboards. The tray runs the length of the chassis; it has ten wire tie points, and six oval holes, three of which have grommets in them. The top of the tray is wide open for wiring, tubing, or hanging fans and radiators from the top.
Behind the breakaway 5.25" bay cover, is a pair of shortened mounting rails. This could be used for a reservoir, or maybe an LCD/OLED panel displaying temperatures, fan speeds, or voltages. It is strange to us, but there is a match to this found centered at the back of the chassis too.
The front I/O wires are immediately shifted to the left to keep them out of the way of optional cooling. It leaves full access to the front of the case, where a pair of 120mm fans of a pair of 140mm fans could go, along with a radiator if desired.
The top of the chassis offers many options for additional cooling. Both chambers have room for fans and radiators, and like the front allows for 140mm or 120mm fans.
The floor of the main chamber is where you could install an optional 120mm fan, and we also see the dust filter pulls out from the side. In front of that, you could use this area of extra storage drives, or use I the universal pump mount for your water cooling needs.
Inside of the back wall of the main chamber, we find a 120mm fan powered with a 3-pin connection. You cannot see the flat head screws used to mount the graphics cards, because they are blocked from view by the cover plate, and are on the outside of the chassis.
Behind the motherboard tray, we find things like the removable two-bay drive cage near the top. With much room for wires and tubing on the left, we run into a five-fan hub in the center, and the PSU sits on the floor to the right. There is even an opening there for the PSU do draw air from behind the motherboard tray.
If you happen to fill the front of the main chamber with fans and radiators, you will block access to the universal pump mounting location. Therefore, Anidees made sure to add a second location, which also hides it from view on the other side.
All the wires are black, which we like, as they will blend in with the chassis. On the left we have the power, reset, power LED, and HDD LED leads, followed up with a 4-pin Molex connector to power the switch and fan hub. What is left are the USB 2.0, native USB 3.0, and HD Audio connections.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
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