Installing the motherboard inside of the case was our first task for this case. You wouldn’t expect to have any issues, but we ended up having a few. The first issue was installing the 3 standoffs needed for installation, since 6 were pre-installed. We couldn’t install the standoffs very easily because there was some paint in the screw holes. After multiple tries by hand and by pliers we were able to at least get it somewhat secure.
The second problem was trying to actually slide the motherboard into position. Our CPU cooler was hitting the top fan, but we were able to fiddle with it enough to get it installed. The problem here isn’t the CPU cooler, but rather Antec for making the fan so close, and even hanging over, a standard ATX motherboard.
Installing an expansion card requires wiggling the slot covers off of the case, which isn’t really that hard, but more annoying since you can’t reuse them.
Installing any drive requires you to remove the front bezel. Removing it isn’t that tricky, but a little different than most cases I’ve seen. Most cases have a notch at the bottom where you can put you hand in and pull out, but not with the One Hundred. You actually have to find the clips holding it to the case and release them. Luckily you only have to do it to one side and it will release the entire cover.
Installing the drives just requires you to slide them in and secure them with the provided screws; no tool-free methods here.
One unique thing about this case, which I’d like to see in a lot of cases is the interesting 2.5” hard drive installation. You have to slide the four rubber screws in the bottom of the case to install your SSD at the bottom.
Once you get them in place, you need to flip the case on its side, align your SSD over the holes and attach the four screws.
The case also has a decent amount of room on the back of the motherboard tray, allowing you to easily manage the cables.
Jan 30, 2015 0