Inside the Case
With the window removed we can see the inside of the case, which has also been given a lavish powder-coat treatment, which will certainly stand up to the scrapes that one is sure to implement during installation.
The very top of the main area has a pre-installed 140mm exhaust fan, which does not come pre-wired to the fan controller. The case also has pre-stamped holes for two more fans. You can install either 120mm or 140mm fans in all of these spots. You can opt to install a liquid cooling radiator up to 360mm long.
The case also has a feature that we almost missed. The case comes with a hole for a padlock to prevent unauthorized opening of the window panel, but you can push this out by sliding a tab inside the case.
There is a huge main area that will accept even the largest ATX motherboard, and has all of the standard pre-threaded screw holes. There is an abnormally large rounded cut-out that will allow access to the underside of your motherboard’s CPU area. This will make changing out heatsinks very easy, even those that require stabilization plates on the motherboard’s underside.
There are also four rectangular wiring ports that have been grommeted. Thankfully, all of the pre-installed equipment has already been threaded properly, and looks very clean. The cables from the I/O panel are a blue internal USB 3.0 cable, two standard USB 2.0 internal cables, a SATA data and power cable, and motherboard HD-Audio port.
While I’m happy to see cases finally use internal USB 3.0 ports, they still exclude motherboards and add-on cards that were early adopters of USB 3.0, which only have external ports. I’ve seen some cases come with “external-to-internal” adapters, but this was left out. This really doesn’t matter if you have a newer motherboard with internal Hi-Speed USB ports, though.
The bottom of the main area has a raised cutout for a power supply, but it is not protected with rubber, vinyl or any other cushioning agent. Not only does this ommitance potentially introduce vibration, but you can easily scratch up the underside of your power supply. Since the cutout is raised, then PSUs that take fresh air in through the bottom can be cooled as they were originally designed. Alternately, the PSU can be installed with the fan facing upward.
The drive column has room for four 5 1/4″ drives, such as BluRay, DVD/CD drives, or fan busses and card readers. The top bay does not have access to a front panel, so any device here must be internal, such as a reservoir for a watercooling setup.
The lower part of the drive bay can take up to eight internal drives, but we’ll cover that in the Installation section
The internal drive bay is cooled by two 140mm fans on the front. The back of the drive bay (the side facing the motherboard area) has a clear 140mm fan to blow air over add/on cards such as a high-powered video card.
On the next page we install some stuff…