Inside the 101
Glancing into the 101 once the glass is removed gives us a view of a wide-open interior, separated only by the SPU cover and bays at the top of it. We also left the back panel on at this time, so that you can see how the ventilation in the right side of the chassis aligns with the optional cooling location.
Just behind the bezel are a pair of 3.5" drive bays, which unlock and slide out the left side of the case. We also noticed the Phillips screws to the left of them, which allows this pair of bays to be removed if that is desired in your build.
Inside of the front panel, there is only the plastic cover for the wires and LEDs for the clear plastic outside of it. Otherwise, the view is of steel. Addressing the optional cooling location, there is room for a pair of 120mm fans or a 240mm radiator, and the direction of airflow is up to you. We suggest out, as there is no dust filter.
The PSU cover not only blocks the view of the power supply and most of its wires, but it also has the In Win logo embossed on the side of it. Under the cover, we see a large opening for the PSU fan to breathe through, and in front of that is a smaller opening to pass wires through.
The motherboard tray has a large opening for access to CPU cooler backplates, as well as offering three holes where wires can be sent to the front for connectivity. Sadly, there are no grommets in these holes, but we do find eight places we can tie wires to.
The floor of the chassis is completely unimpeded and is a great place to add optional cooling. The openings in the mesh are large, but only 120mm cooling solutions can be used with secure mounting.
The back of the chassis has an optional location for another 120mm fan or radiator, and to the right of it is where the dust shield goes. Oddly, there is no top and bottom stop for the rear I/O, which allows the shield to move up and down. As for the expansion slots, they are accessed internally and use hex head screws.
Behind the motherboard tray, we find the front panel wires are tied up in the PSU area after they drape over the back of the HDD bays. There is a steel rib which runs down the left side, to help keep wires out of the cooling area, with small gaps to pass wires through. We also see the pair of 2.5" drive trays, offset from one another, just below the backplate access hole.
The wires from the front I/O panel have enough length to connect to any motherboard layout, and all of the wires are black to blend in with the chassis. Here we see the native USB 3.0 connector on the left, thin wires for the power button and HDD activity LED, and on the right, is the lead for HD Audio connectivity.
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