A Look Inside
Unlike most cases this case does not have any thumbscrews for the side panels. They lock into place and are released by a lever on the back of the case. When you release them they pull open. This is all made possible by the large metal latch towards the front of the case. This latch is very heavy duty and made of metal, therefor it should last quite a while.
Taking a look inside the case you can see you have quite a lot of space. This case fits all motherboard sizes up to XL-ATX. One thing I always love to see on cases is cable routing holes and this case has 7 with rubber inserts as well as 2 at the top left of the case for CPU power.
Starting at the bottom of the case you will see the area where your power supply goes. It gets lifted off the bottom of the case to allow for proper airflow. There are also 2 large cable routing holes right above where your power supply will go so you can easily route your PCI-E cables.
Moving over to the right you will find two 120mm fans. These fans can easily be removed by pulling them out by the right side. When you remove the fans you will find 6 hard drive trays. Each of these pull out for installation of your hard drives.
Moving up there are 5 more hard drive trays. Each tray supports both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch hard drives. Also all the trays are tool-less. You are actually able to remove the entire top section of hard drive trays to install watercooling or something else.
At the top of the case there you have the three 5.25-inch bays and the two hot swaps. The 5.25-inch drives use a simple tool-less system. The hot swaps are powered by molex connectors rather than SATA power connectors.
On the other side of the case you can see the 10 expansion slots. They use the normal slot covers with thumbscrews. If Cooler Master would have tried some type of tool-less system here I would have been quite disappointed. At the top of the case you can see the 2 fans, there are no fan grills on them, even though we normally don’t see fan grills on case fans anymore it would have been nice to see them on a high end case like this.
The other side panel of the case opens just the previous one. Here you can see how everything in the case is laid out. You can also see how large the CPU cutout is, one of the largest we have seen. Want to route cables around the back of the case? No problem here, there is about a half inch of space between the motherboard tray and the back of the case. Also inside the case you will find a bag of accessories that has your mounting hardware, cable ties, and CPU power extension cable, and keys.
Jan 27, 2015 0