Installing 5.25″ devices is pretty standard fare. The case comes with pull-and-push tabs for “quick installation”, but I’ve never been a fan of this method as drives still feel loose. To really secure the drive you must remove the right panel and secure the other side of the drive with screws.
The case will support video cards up to 13.5 inches long (342mm), but if for some reason you need more room you can remove the fan on the lower drive cage. Honestly I don’t think this fan is necessary as the fans on the front of the drive cage do an adequate job.
The lower part of the drive column can take up to eight standard hard drives. The pre-installed drive trays are made of plastic and rather thick, but have a little bit of flex to them. A 3.5″ hard drive can be installed by removing the green neon-colored tabs and then inserting them into the drive’s side screw holes. The drive is set down in the tray, then the pins are pushed into the fully-open holes. Then the drive can be locked in place by shifting the drive toward the front of the tray.
2.5″ drives such as laptop drives and SSDs can also be installed by using two of the pins in the same manner, but then securing the drive with screws from the underside of the tray.
The drive tray can then be inserted into the drive column. It’s not an absolute secure fit, and can take a little fidgiting to get it to set right and click into place. The drive tray also does not “pop out” upon unlatching the lever mechanism as is expected with most drive tray bays.
Additionally, there is no PCB or backplate to the internal drive column of any kind. You must still connect all of your drives with cables, so this case is not as “hot swap friendly” as it would first appear.
Our verdict is next…