Inside the Enermax Equilence Continued
The rear of the Equilence shows now the opposing side of the rear pre-installed 140mm fan. The fan is DC type just like the front fans, but this one also has a pigtail 4-pin PATA/Molex connector which I would prefer they included an adapter for this rather than have it as a fixed part of the wiring. As mentioned before there are seven slot covers and they are externally accessible and have a cover over the screw area. I am happy to see that each slot cover has its own retaining screw, which makes it easier to remove the ones you need without the rest cascading down as you try to hand yoga them into place.
The cable management section of the Equilence is rather tidy with dual SSD trays mounted to the motherboard tray. The main front panel cable array is fixed to the open airflow frame to the left, and for appearance purposes, we will have to route that to the gap between the two panels to ensure it has a cleaner look when complete. There are many cable tie points along with a set on the airflow panel toward the front and the motherboard tray as well to ensure there are ample locations to zip things into place as you manage your build. I feel like there are plenty of tie-down points, but you will have to be creative with cabling to ensure none show in the x-framed front airflow area.
The drive cage in the Equilence is where we look next, and it is below the PSU shroud and is fixed into place, so it is not removable. The trays for 3.5" HDD are tool-less for 3.5" drive installation but like most require screws if using these for 2.5" drives. The metal quality is thin, to say the least as you can see our HDD cage arrived damaged or bent at the top near where it connects to the chassis, and while I would love to blame shipping for this, the rest of the case is square which means this came across from the factory this way.
The PSU area is of course below the PSU shroud and directly next to the fixed HDD cage we just looked at. It employs rubber feet for the PSU to rest on, and the airflow filtered opening is vast enough for the largest supply that will fit here. We recently swapped to a Silverstone Strider 1Kw supply which is a scant 140mm and made installation a simple task.
The front panel cables are relatively standard for what you would expect. Going from left to right, we have the following.
- SATA power for the fan controller, lighted I/O and side logos.
- HD audio connector to feed front panel 3.5mm jacks
- Front panel connections for HDD/Power LED and Power/Reset switches
- USB 2.0 9-pin connector to supply the front panel USB 2.0 Type-A connectors
- USB 3.0 (USB 3.2 Gen 1) 19 pin connector to feed dual Type-A ports
Not pictured are the six 3-pin DC fan connectors which run from the front panel fan controller.