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
HHD1: Seagate 320gb (2.5”)
HHD1: Samsung 1.0tb (3.5”)
With the front taken off we see there are four plates for optical drives. The top one merely covers up the front panel cables, so don’t try to install a drive there. Sliding the optical drive in and locking it was really easy; I like the retention system here. It doesn’t come off, but loosens up enough to get the drive in and lock back down.
The above photo shows the standoff system Cooler Master has come up with. It is using the traditional brass standoffs, but includes a socket with a Phillips screw top. A simple concept, but one I haven’t run into before. This is far easier than using pliers to install and tighten the standoffs.
For a mid-tower case, there was actually a fair amount of room to work with. This is partially due to not installing a top 120mm fan. I think if I were to use this case long term, I would install one or two 120mm fans here. There is plenty of room for them and would help increase the airflow.
The drive rails worked for both 3.5” drives and the 2.5” drive tray. It was possible to install the drives with the cables either coming out of the front or the back. I chose the cables coming out of the back as I think this provides a cleaner look.
I also opted to leave the drive bay configuration instead of moving things around, however I do really like the flexibility of being able to do so. Spinning the case back around you can see there is plenty of room to stash cables. With longer cables I would have made more use of the tie-down spots that are provided. The PSU I used for this install has fairly short cables which doesn’t lend itself well to cleaning up the mess.
The final two pictures show the red glow that comes from the front LED 200mm fan. It is a subtle and attractive look. It is nice to see something other than the typical blue LED lighting effects. Adding one to the top would increase this effect and give you more light on the internal components that can be seen through the side window.
Our conclusion is up next.