Case Build & Finished Product
With a full cover door panel, even if you put RGB fans in the front or decide to populate the 5.25" bay, nothing changes with the impression the P101 delivers up front. Just hints of white in the vents, and the name at the bottom of the door to break up the mostly flat surfaces.
While we would normally opt for an AIO, we would have had to remove the HDD cages, and then we could not show that with our FE GTX 980, we still have plenty of room to install it with the cages in place. With all of the tie points, and the lack of grommets, we were still able to come off with a clean looking assemblage of all of the parts inside.
We found no issues when attempting to install the dust shield in the rear I/O or when getting the GPU mounted into the expansion slots. The same goes for the PSU mounting, as we simple pre-wired the modular PSU with leads we needed, slid it in through the back, and with the provided mounting plate, secured the PSU into place.
Behind the scenes, there are so many locations to tie wires to, you should have no issues keeping things neat and tidy behind the motherboard tray. We do wish the SSD tray was moved a bit to the left though, as the wire trail for the 8-pin CPU lead has it running over the tray, which can complicate things.
The sad thing about the build process is that when the chassis is all back together and ready for power, you will see none of it. However, we get the factors that play into a chassis built with Silence as the main selling point, and those who like their chassis silent, many don't want them to be seen.
From this angle, it is not easy to make out the white LED backing the rings around the USB ports, and with the power LED sunk into the front I/O panel, the only ambient glow is upwards from the PC. At this time, with the fan controller switches to HI, the fans are not audible from a foot away from the chassis. In LOW mode on the controller, you have to put your ear on the intake vents or behind the exhaust fan to make out any noise at all.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST