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Enermax Equilence Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 4)

By Shannon Robb from Jul 25, 2019 @ 10:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 76%Manufacturer: Enermax

Inside the Enermax Equilence

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The front panel pops off with a decent hard pull, and it is affixed with plastic clips like we have seen before and they do their job to keep the panel tight to the chassis. The entirety of the front panel switches and lights are all affixed to the front panel so what you see here is about as far as you can go with the panel before you need to start pulling the wire harness out of the Equilence to get the panel away further. As we mentioned previously, the front glass is not able to shine light thru due to sound deadening being applied to the rear of the glass which I feel is a missed opportunity for Enermax and the Equilence.

Now to the real problem I see, thus far we have only observed a single dust filter, and it was on the bottom of the Equilence which is for the PSU. When removing the front panel, we found that the side air inlets where the bulk of your system's air will be ingested into the Equilence are entirely unfiltered. This may not seem like a big deal, but as you see, the vents are ultimately see-through, which means no mesh or filtration here. This means your rig if you build in the Equilence will be far more prone to dust ingress and therefore will be at a more constant state of needing cleaning, and if you care about dust well, you're going to have a bad time.

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The inside of the Equilence shows a pretty massive expanse waiting to be filled. The CPU cutout area is large and should easily meet the needs of most any CPU cooler backplate. The area to the right of the motherboard is where you can mount dual fans or radiator or even dual SSD's which means Enermax left it quite open in case you do install a cooling device here. This is a double-edged sword as now you have a gaping hole which can quickly make life difficult for cable management as there's not much room to hide wires here. There is plenty of room for all components, and as you can see, it looks like an EATX board should fit in theory while it would mean cables would have to likely be routed through the cooler mounting area to the right.

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The front portion of the case, we now get an opposing view of the outlet side of the front fans. You can also make out the sound deadening mounted to the front window panel. The Equilence comes with two 120mm fans preinstalled as you see here and they are already running to the internal 3-speed fan controller. Up to 360mm radiators can fit here as the radiator and fans can pass through the wider opening in the PSU shroud upfront.

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Here we have the top section with the magnetic panel removed and tilted 90 degrees so you can see both the ventilation and the cover. As stated previously, the top panel cover is magnetically affixed, and they are some quite strong magnets. The panel has sound deadening, which likely helps absorb noise from the internal components when in place. The top mounting we find again is unfortunately unfiltered which means that if you are running and fans or top mount radiators dust or other debris can fall into the larger ventilation openings, so you will want to be careful if the chassis is on the floor.

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The lower section of the main chamber employs the PSU shroud or PSU tunnel as Enermax calls it. The shroud has two grommeted holes for the front panel and USB/Audio or other connections to pass through for cleaner cable routing. There is also a hole which is more outward, which is not grommeted and can pass through GPU power cables for a more tidy and streamlined look. The Enermax logo is emblazoned on the shroud, but with the dark tempered glass, it can be harder to see depending on internal lighting.

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