CSX Wraith Tower Chassis
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Rutledge Feman
Date: 04-04-2008
Provided by: CSX

I will start at the front of the case and work my way around into the interior. First up is a shot of the 830 with the front door open. There are nine 5.25" drive bays, each covered by a meshed bay insert. The upper area has two USB 2.0 ports, audio jacks and a firewire port. Just above this is the main I/O area, with the power button, two more USB 2.0 ports, reset button and hard drive activity LED.

Moving around to the right side of the case, we can see the six toolless drive locks in place. These can be moved or removed as desired. The motherboard tray in this case is removable, which makes installing your hardware that much easier. With the tray removed, we can see through the case to the other side and the four fan frame. There is an area cut out in the base of the case that is covered in mesh to provide ventilation to the hardware within. Since the case is actually raised up an inch or so off the ground, this could turn out to be functional.

Around back, we find a 120mm exhaust fan with a large, free-flowing grill. An I/O shield is also included, although these rarely fit today's motherboards. Three clips are used here to lock the motherboard tray in place and work very well. At the top is a removable PSU bracket and two plastic locks. These locks are used to hold the side panels in place. While they do work and are easy to operate, they don't seem to hold the panels in place firmly.

Also notice there are a couple other black clips. These are used to convert the system to BTX form factor. While this would be a pretty novel idea with a normal Stacker 830, it doesn't really make sense to make the change with the Wraith. The reason I say this is because of the side panels. Normally, you would want to swap side panels (so you would have the window panel on the right side to see your hardware), but doing that with a CSX case would flip the painted panels upside-down and well, look silly.

On the left side of the case, we see there is a motherboard standoff guide taped in place on the mobo tray. The riser card slot covers are reusable and held in place with thumbscrews.

The last thing I did before hardware installation was install the caster wheels. Four screws are used to hold each wheel in place. The two front wheels have a locking mechanism so you can be sure the case won't roll off your desk.

Besides being able to easily move the case now, this also gives us even more ground clearance.

Next up, installation, usage and conclusion...

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