Here come the fans
The side panels can easily be installed/removed thanks to the use of thumbscrews, once opened you can see a few things out of the ordinary:
Where you expect the power supply to be, the motherboard is situated, the PSU goes at the bottom, this design choice leaves the upper case area to be cooled by the large 200mm fan. There are two hard drive bays preinstalled, each is held in place by a set of… 8 thumbscrews, 4 at each side, it’s quite cumbersome to remove, but you won’t be swapping disks every day, right? Each bay can accommodate three hard drives, with one 120mm fan sitting in the front, they will be very well cooled.
One of the two drive bays comes with an additional 120mm fan holder at the back, so you can further increase hard drive and system cooling if desired. Hard drive installation takes some time, as you can see in the first two photo’s from left in the thumbnail row above, each disk needs to be secured by 4 screws, now this isn’t such a big deal if you have a screwdriver with a magnetic head, if you don’t have one, you are in for a time consuming experience of getting the screw to fit correctly into the hole before you can screw it in. Coming from countless easy to access or plug and play HDD installation methods, this was quite a drawback.
Ones the hard drives are in place it’s party time though; the case is roomy, comes with re-usable cable management tools and does not have sharp edges.
The CPU heatsink will be in a very well ventilated area:
While the lower case area will profit from your PSU’s outtake:
The PCI slots are covered by small metal plates, each one is held in place by a small screw, no tool-less features here. The plates have four rectangular holes to further improve airflow throughout the case.
Now let’s fill her up with some hot hardware ->