AMD Phenom II X4 955BE 3.2 GHz
Arctic Freezer 13 CPU Cooler
Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 770 R
G.Skill 2gb DDR3 1600
Raidmax Hybrid 450w PSU
EVGA Geforce 9400 GT
HHD0: Samsung 1.0tb (3.5”)
The installation of the mainboard went smoothly. The only issue I ran into was plugging in the 6-pin CPU power connector, but that is typical with any mid-tower ATX case where one has already installed the CPU cooler. That is just something to keep in mind during your own installation. The board itself fastens with the usual standoffs and black screws.
The rest of the case is a tool-free design. The expansion slots use thumbscrews and as previously mentioned only when mounting a 2.5" drive into the 3.5" trays are screws required. As you can see there was plenty of room to pass cables behind the mainboard tray. Turning it back around you can note that there certainly was room for improvement in my cabling job. With the two internal USB 3.0 headers, it isn't very likely both will be connected so you'll likely want to just stash the other. I like to think of it as future proofing though, as eventually mainboard manufactures will make board with two USB 3.0 headers and not just one.
Closing the case up and looking at the front you can see that I used a white optical drive to demonstrate what a drive looks like when installed in the case. I certainly wouldn't use a white drive if I were you, but you can see it fits smoothly against the front of the case.
Let's wrap up this review with some final thoughts and a conclusion on the next page.