Installation was rather simple and found myself only referring the user’s manual once, just to make sure of myself. Power supply installation is as easy as it gets.
Chieftec made the motherboard standoffs pretty easy by having four already installed in the case. While there’s quite a number hole’s, there really aren’t any instructions on which letters go with what type of motherboard.
Installing expansion cards is quick and easy. Just remove the slot cover by pulling out and up on the green tab, then simply slide up the slot(s) you need to install it in and place the cover back over the cards. I can see this becoming a problem for larger cards, but in that case you can just use screws to hold down the cards.
To install an external drive you first need to remove the mesh covering it. To do so you need to pop it out from the inside of the case by pushing it out gently. Then release the metal latch by pushing in and up on the designated drive bay. Then simply slide the drive in and lock the latch to secure the drive.
Installing a hard drive is simple and doesn’t require any tools. Just remove the two drive rails from the desired slot in the hard drive cage. Simply attach the rails to either side of the hard drive, making sure that the rails stick out farther on the side with the connections.
Then slide the hard drive back into the slot until it snaps into place. The only worry I had about this was mainly for multiple drives or persons with standard ATA drives was the amount of space between the hard drive cage and the side panel. There could be some problems trying to get cables to fit through this gap.
Once everything is connected up you might find yourself looking for places to stuff cables. While the case does come with a couple tie-wraps, it’s probably not going to be enough.
The case looks pretty slick once it’s turned on.
Jan 27, 2015 0