Case Build & Finished Product
The front of the Equilence when built looks no different than when out of the box even if you had RGB lighted fans in the front as the front glass panel is backed by sound deadening, therefore, omitting one of the largest appeals of having a glass front panel.
Here we have the build completed, and cable managed. The first thing I would like to point out is that the build went in really well and smoothly, although cable management was quite a chore due to the front-most area being pretty open. Even with all of my trying, you can still see cables peeking across, but even with the most valiant effort, this was my result.
While the result is in no way terrible, I would like to see better in this sense as you can see the board fit with plenty of room and verifying further that an EATX board should fit without much issue. Speaking of fitment GPU length should be a non-issue as well. The raised front-most section gave a unique opportunity to avoid having grommeted holes in favor of this stepped area where cables can be connected to the motherboard without needing to pass through a designated port.
The rear of the rig changes only to include the cutouts and expansion slots being filled with the relevant components. One thing to note is that based on the limited top slotting for top mounting our AIO had to slide forward a bit as the tubes coming off the radiator toward the rear which is the preferred orientation for optimal cable routing and presentation. In the case of a build like ours, you would have to change things up a bit with a top-mounted radiator and likely would favor the tubes being more forward-mounted than what I built. Otherwise, you must move the radiator forward a bit as the tubes contact the rear fan in this orientation if trying to be directly over the board.
The cable routing for the Equilence was not horrible, but it also was not easy street. Anxiety while managing cables, in this case, is real as I found myself actively thinking about the openings toward the front and trying to avoid errant wires finding their way into sight. I finally did settle on good enough.
Another point of contention is the 4-pin PATA/MOLEX connector coming off of the rear fan lead which does not make much sense being this chassis has a 3-pin fan controller, and the front-mounted fans do not have the same pigtail. Managing that extra connector which is bulky, required tucking it under the rest of the bundle to keep the cleaner appearance but had it only not been there from the onset would be much better.
Now, this is not all doom and gloom, the cable management was possible, keep in mind that while you usually can tuck wires in that front most area and zip them into place out of the way, here you cannot. Also note that our PSU is 140mm if you have a 160mm+ PSU, the area in front of the PSU will disappear very quickly and can inhibit your capabilities of tucking excess PSU cable length there, just something to keep in mind.
The built PC powered on looks quite nice as the smoked glass hides most anything you do not want to be seen. As you can see, the RGB lighted components shine through, but without LED strips shining into the cavity, you are not going to see much. The one real downside, I must bring up again is the front glass being covered by sound deadening.
Most people getting a case with front glass will install lighted fans whether it be a ring or RGB blade or some mix of the two so that you can see them shining through the front. This case shows nothing as it's covered with sound deadening, and I'm not sure how much noise that material absorbs with the wide-open side venting in place.
Here we see the chassis straight on. Keep in mind that we have studio light blasting the side with a massive amount of light, and we still can barely see the internal components. So I guess the moral of this story if you are not lighting the case internally the cable management won't matter nearly as much as you cannot see them.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST