A windowed side panel makes it easy to show off your work. Three Isolated Cooling Zones The power supply compartment, main compartment and the SATA bays each have dedicated cooling subsystems to prevent heat buildup. A dust-filtered mm fan draws in cold air at the bottom of the case and exhausts it at the rear and top. This clever design forces fresh air directly over the graphics card and CPU. The SATA hot-swap bays are cooled by a separate mm fan which vents from the case via a sealed chamber and prevents the heat generated by the drives from entering the main compartment.
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The actual installation in this case was an absolute breeze with all the room it has available. It did not take much thought as far as the water cooling setup and where the parts were going to go for proper placement inside the case. One important thing to note however is the pre-drilled holes up top fit the Swiftech style screw spacing perfect. This was not a major problem with the PA Even with only four screws on one end holding up the PA Unfortunately, due to user error on my part, the PA Please be very careful when mounting the radiator to the case so you do not puncture the radiator!
Hardware mounted, with watercooling. When mounting the optical drive and fan controller, the most difficult part was removing the faceplates to make room for the drives.
After a few minutes of struggling, I chose to remove the entire front baffle in order to remove them. It pulled right off and mounted securely right back in place. Actually mounting the optical drive in the 5. Slide the drive in until its flush with the front baffle, then slide the pre-mounted quick clips and voila; a quick, easy and secure mount for full depth 5. I also installed a Scythe Kaze Master fan controller that was just as easy to mount.
However, because of its short mounting brackets the controller is not held in place as well as a full depth drive, but it is still sufficient for the twisting and turning of the knobs without knocking it out of place.
Front view. Optical and Fan controller installed. One feature in particular to note with installation is the 4 hot-swappable hard drive bays. After confirming the included SATA power leads and data cables are attached to the faceplate inside the case, just pull out the drawer with the push of a button and a tug on the drawer arm. Slide your drive inside the form fitting 3. The mounting is also able to take 2. It is just mounted with 1 screw on one side of the drawer and slid into place.
After the drives are secured in their home, they are cooled by their own mm fan so there should be no worries about keeping even the warmest of mechanical drives cool. From the sheer size both inside and out, to its pre-cut area up top for a mm x 3 sized radiator or fans, great cable management options, and the hot-swappable drive bays, this case offers a lot of flexibility and ease of use for even the most critical of enthusiasts.
Installing the water cooling loop was a snap and everything aside from the tubing is well hidden in its place. I have to admit that when I first saw the case I was a bit nervous as to what my temperature difference would be from using an external radiator compared to one mounted inside the case as well as only having one intake fan. Even after my unfortunate mistake necessitating a new, less effective radiator, the temperature difference is still only about C with intake temps to the radiator differing a mere 2C from ambient.
Not bad at all. I do not believe for a case costing this much that it should be as easy as dropping a Phillips head bit on its side from only six inches above the case to chip the paint.
I would have also liked to have seen the eSATA port on the front, as well as having at least the option to mount 5. Corsair has made a nice splash into the case market with its first offering. Here is to hoping they actually have one planned.
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