Front Panel with SATA

In Win GRone Full Tower ATX Case Review

Installation

As mentioned previously, the main motherboard area is huge.  Some cases have standard motherboard installation holes labeled, so you know where to place the standoffs without having to “eye” your mainboard in the case.  With a little effort the standoffs were secured and the motherboard placed inside.    The large hole in the motherboard tray allows access to the underside of the motherboard, which is handy for heavy heatsinks that require a backplate.

A lot of work has already been done for us, as the wiring for the front panel has been thoughtfully placed through the installation holes to hide the wires.  Once you attach these cables to your motherboard you can then stuff the excess back through the holes.

The pre-installed fans have also been pre-wired, so all you really have to do is plug it into a power source.  As I’ve mentioned on many, many, many previous case reviews, I absolutely hate pre-installed fans that use large, old 4-pin Molex connectors.  All of the pre-installed fans use standard 3-pin fan connectors (although the RPM pin has been removed), which makes for a very happy installer.

You must apply power to the front panel (and thus the attached fans) with a single Molex connector from your power supply.  The pre-installed fans even include female 3-pin fan ports to attach to your motherboard.

The pre-wiring job is excellent and practically unheard of, and I haven’t seen such thoughtfulness in cases that were priced at $400 or more.

This case is also very watercooling friendly.  You can install a radiator up to 360mm long in the top part of the case, and the first 5.25″ drive bay could take a reservoir.  The back of the case can also take four tubes for liquid (0.8″ or 21mm), should you choose to have a reservoir installed elsewhere.

You can also install a radiator in the bottom of the case underneath the drive cage.  The drive cage must be first uninstalled, but once the radiator is mounted you can secure the cage back with screws.

Installing drives needs some explanation, so we do that on the next page…

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2 Comments

  1. Claude

    January 30, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Best case I have ever owned. Would like to have a instruction on hooking up the fans to the switch on the front panel.

    • ocmodshop

      January 30, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      The case should have come with instructions. Basically just connect your case fans to the 3-pin leads coming from the front panel. You'll find these leads when you take off the back panel.

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