A Look Inside
As I said opening the case is quite simple, just press the button at the top and the panel unlocks and can be removed. When you open the case up the first thing you notice is the 3 isolated cooling zones. First you have the main compartment which houses most of your components, then you have the SATA bays and finally the power supply compartment. Each have dedicated cooling subsystems to prevent heat buildup. Also notice the inside of the case is also painted black, a nice touch.
Let’s start at the bottom of the case. There is a lower HDD cage that can house 2 3.5-inch hard drives. Each drive can be installed through the front of the case if the front bezel is removed. There is shield that is placed behind the drives that keeps heat in to be exhausted through the fans above.
On the other side you have the power supply compartment. It is quite long and your power supply sits right inside. Below the power supply compartment is a large filter that will keep dust out of the system. It easily slides in and out for easy cleaning.
There is a fan on the bottom of the main compartment along with 2 more holes for water-cooling tubes. This is if you wanted to put the radiator at the bottom of the case, there is room for one there. Also on the main compartment you have another 140mm exhaust fan.
The 4 hot-swappable hard drive bays are hidden inside of the case. There is a large shroud covering a cooling fan on the side of the bays. There is a cover on the back of the bays the reveals the 4 SATA connections. These will be connected to your motherboard to make the bays hot-swappable.
Moving up you can see the 5 5.25-inch drive bays. Each bay has a tool-less locking mechanism for easy drive installation.
Looking at the main compartment there are sure a lot of rubber grommets covering cable routing holes. This is the most routing holes that I’ve seen on a case! On the main compartment you have 11 and 2 more on the power supply compartment! Corsair wants to make cable management easy and make the inside of your case look nice, that’s why there is a large side panel window on the case.
If we take the other side panel off the case we can also see all the routing holes very clearly. There is also a small latched door that covers the backside of your motherboard. It is easily opened for simple heatsink fan installation.
Jan 29, 2015 0