AMD Phenom II X4 955BE 3.2 GHz @ 3.6 GHz
Arctic Freezer 13 CPU Cooler
Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 770 R
G.Skill 4gb (2x2gb) DDR3 1600
Raidmax Hybrid 450b PSU
EVGA Geforce 9400 GT
HHD0: Western Digital 120gb
Popping off the side panel, we see a 180mm fan mounted on the panel similar to the Atlus, though this one was still secure on opening. Inside there was an instruction sheet and a bag with screws, standoffs, and expansion slot blanks. Taking off the front panel, we see that one of the four 5.25” drive bays is actually used to route wires from the top I/O panel. I will get to it during the installation, but this basically means you have three usable drive bays. It works fine, but is something to be aware of. Perhaps a fan controller would still work here, but I was unable to fit a DVD drive into the top bay.
The motherboard was installed with the traditional brass standoffs and screws that were included with the brief instruction manual. The front panel cables were labeled, so it went smooth plugging those into the mainboard. Installation of the other devices wasn’t difficult at all, though it was odd to note that the expansion slots did not use a tool free design that we have come to expect on most cases. However, I have yet to see those work perfectly, so quite often I manually screw in a video card anyways.
As I mentioned above, the only hiccup I really ran into was when I tried to install a DVD drive into the top most 5.25” bay. I re-routed the wires through the top hole, but found the drive still jammed on the wires. Moving the drive down a slot made everything work just fine. It wasn’t an issue for me and a fan controller with an open top would probably work just fine, but basically count on three 5.25” bays instead of four.
The drive retention clips worked pretty well, so installing a 3.5” device and a 5.25” device worked fine. Also in this case I noted the lack of 2.5” SSD drive support, something to be aware of should you have a solid state drive. Since that is still a more forward-looking feature, I'm not overly surprised about it not being included in this case.
Lastly, powering the case on and standing back for a minute, I really like how the blue LED lighting works in the case. The lower front bezel has a nice blue glow along with the side fan and top. The effect is pleasing to the eye and seems to move a decent volume of air. Now on the next page we will wrap up with some conclusions.