Case Build & Finished Product
As we like it, nothing on the front of the chassis has changed, whether we added a bay device or an optical drive, we can't tell from outside the chassis, nor can we tell if the cooling has been changed. Nothing to see here but a sleek brushed aluminum panel, without even the company name to distract from the appeal of high-end materials.
Things have drastically changed inside of the chassis to fit the components we wanted to use. The front of the chassis is now wide open, as the frame and panel had to be removed to allow for the 280mm radiator to go in at the top. Even so, the wire management of the chassis is so on point, that we see none of the wires there, only the slightest bits of them coming out of the grommets and connecting to the motherboard. The finished product is in our eyes, near perfect, and we had no issues with the fitment of a single component.
The dust shield snaps into place well, and the video card is level, nor did it require us to force the chassis inward to secure it. Sliding the PSU in from the back is tight for the PSU we used, but were still able to get it in there smoothly and secure it to the chassis with the PSU mounting plate.
While we did use two zip-ties to help manage the fan wires, all other wires were run through the Velcro straps. Not only is it able to hold the mass of wires to power our PC, but it makes maintenance with it later much easier than cutting a dozen or so zip-strips to free the wires. The nice thing is, this doesn't have to look spectacular either, as the panel that covers it is made of steel and has no view of this.
Now that the chassis is back together and ready for some power, we reflect on everything we just saw. From the front to the back, inside and out, we cannot find a single thing about the features or the layout what we would change or think needs addressed in any way. Fractal Design has delivered a chassis you could use as a step stool, and it comes with everything you want, and if it doesn't, they have extra goodies to help give you exactly what you desire.
With power added and the system now on and running, we appreciate the view inside, so we can see all of the various LED illuminated parts in the chassis. We loved that there is a cover for those wanting to fill the drive bays with 3.5" and 2.5" drives, but we also like that when gone, the view inside is still clean and professional in appearance. Also note that we now have the louvered top in place, by removing the steel cover, which may allow a bit more sound out of the chassis, but improves airflow of the ModuVent system.
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