Installation & Usage
So what’s going in this huge case? We have a system comprised of an Intel Core i7-965 processor, ASUS P6T Motherboard, 24GB of memory, ATI Radeon 4870 X2 video card, 2x 1TB SATA drives, Thermaltake Evo_Blue 750W power supply, and a Blu-ray drive. The first thing you want to do is install the motherboard, the standoffs are already installed so just secure the motherboard with screws.
Now for our 2 hard drives. I decided to install them in the lower bay, which fits 4 hard drives. The drives easily slide in and you secure them on each side with screws. Around each screw hole are rubber grommets that dampen vibration and noise your drives will make. The top hard drive bays are the same way except you put the drives in flat on the trays and slide the trays back into the hard drive cage
Next we have our Blu-ray drive. The first thing you are going to want to do is install the drive rails on each side, just screw them on. Next just slide the drive into an open 5.25-inch bay and lock it into place.
Before we get to the rest of the components let’s connect some of the cables. Since this case is so big you do have a lot of room to work with. Also the openings in the case make it easy to route your cables.
Installing the power supply is easy, just slide it into place and secure it with screws. If you take the other side panel off the case you are able to route your cables around the back of the case and Antec even provides cable ties so keep everything neat back there.
Finally we have our video card that nicely slides into place on our motherboard. Just secure it with 2 screws and connect power to it. The 2 PCI-E power connectors come up perfectly through the opening in the case.
Go ahead and connection everything else up and you are ready to close the case up. When I had everything connected I noticed there was sure a lot of room to work with inside the case. This would definitely be a good case to use as a test bed as there is a lot of room inside. When I went to put the final side panel back on I did notice that the power cable for the fan was a bit short, it just made it a pain to connect to my power supply. I really wish Antec would have done what Thermaltake did on both the Element G and Element V cases, have a connection on the side panel that when you close the side panel it connects power to the side panel fan. Also the fan speed controller was on the inside of the case, I really would have liked to see it on the outside for easy adjustment.
Jan 29, 2015 0