Enermax Equilence Mid-Tower Chassis
The front of the Equilence is highly reflective glass as you can see from this photo. One thing that surprised me was that I could not see through it, which I came to find out was due to the glass being backed by sound deadening foam which means even with LED-lit fans, they will not show through the front panel as we had seen on some other cases. The glass is framed in a surround of plastic which makes up the remainder of the front panel.
The top of the Equilence is vented, but it comes default with a cover which is magnetically affixed and backed by sound deadening material. With the cover in place, the Equilence has an admittedly cleaner look.
The front panel on the Equilence is at the top of the front panel as is standard for most chassis. From left to right, the layout is as follows.
- Two USB 2.0 Type-A ports
- Headphone and Microphone 3.5mm analog jacks
- Two USB 3.0 (USB 3.2 gen 1) Type-A ports
- Fan control button (3 speeds)
- Reset button
- Power button
This layout is fairly standard except for the fan control button. The buttons and ports all have an illuminated surround.
Here we have one of our built shots to show the illuminated surrounds for the buttons and ports.
The main panel is tempered glass, as I mentioned previously which as you can see now is quite dark smoked. One thing to note is that the film on the window left some marks that almost looks like water droplets which settled on the glass and no matter how hard I tried to clean them with glass cleaner and the sort, they persisted.
The panel is held in a pretty standard fashion with four large knurled thumbscrews at each corner to secure the panel. Toward the front, we see the ventilation on the front panel, which is where the Equilence ingests air for the front-mounted cooling fans. In the middle of the ventilation, we also see the Enermax name, which is backlit similarly to the I/O surrounds we showed earlier.
The rear of the Equilence is a quite standard fare. From the top, we see the motherboard I/O opening, along with the fan mounting directly adjacent to it. The rear fan mounting as you can see occupied by a single 140mm preinstalled Enermax fan and the Equilence does have a vertical adjustment to the fan mounting position to ensure you can adjust it to fit your placement needs.
There are seven total expansion slots with ventilation adjacent to it, no vertical GPU mount for the Equilence. The expansion slots are externally accessible and have a flip-up cover which can be removed to access the screws easily. Lastly, the PSU mount is standard and fits one way with the PSU fan facing downward.
The cable management side of the Equilence employs a solid steel panel with two thumbscrews which affix it at the top. The panel when the thumbscrews are removed, pulls away from the chassis at the top and lifts off the lip across the bottom, similar to a regular swing open panel but vertically. We also see the ventilation on the front panel again and another illuminated Enermax logo.
The bottom of the Equilence is mostly solid with an opening in the PSU area, which allows airflow to the PSU fan. There is a slide-out dust filter which can be removed from the rear and keep the PSU inlet from ingesting any large debris.