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”)
I removed the front panel in order to pull off the plate on the second bay down from the top. The very top bay might be able to use a 3.5” device with the included replacement cover, but a 5.25” optical drive will interfere with the cables coming down from the control panel. The 5.25” drive simply slide in and locked into place without difficulty. The 3.5” drive worked just as well. The rails just push into the holes and clicked in. The mainboard was installed using the traditional brass standoffs and screwed in. The holes are labeled for the different sizes of mainboards.
As I noticed during the initial look, the pre-run cabling had to be clipped. I needed to reroute the I/O cables in order to plug them in correctly. The expansion slots are tool-less in design and the plates don’t have to be broken off. This will allow you to put them back in place if you swap out cards.
The cable routing was a bit snug making it a little more difficult to do a really clean job. With the use of a few of the included zip-ties you would be able to do a cleaner job than I did, particularly since there is the large side window to show off your work.
Placing the side on and taking a look at the finished install, my first thought was that I should have used a black drive. True it is a minor quibble, but with no front doors, it would make it look better. The LED fans didn’t photograph well here, but they add another nice subtle look to this case.
On the last page I will wrap up this review with some conclusions of the Cubitek Tattoo Pro.