Upon removing the gunmetal side panel you are greeted with an aluminum colored interior. At first glimpse I thought we took a step back in time or jumped back into the really cheap cases which don’t have a colored interior, but to my surprise I was greeted with a brushed aluminum finish.
Towards the front of the case are three 3.5” internal drive bays, which use drive rails for installation. Above that are the 3.5” external drive bay and four 5.25” external slots. The top two 5.25” slots have their own tool-free installation system, which is just a simple black clip which will lock the drive into place. Unfortunately this case doesn’t have any compatibility for 2.5” drives, however if you read on further you’ll find out how you can work your way around the case to install at least a single 2.5” drive.
On the bottom of the case are two rails which elevate the power supply up off the bottom of the case. There are no rubber pads to help reduce noise/vibration.
Moving up the rear of the case are the seven expansion slots with slotted bay covers for optimal airflow. Each is secured by a single screw; no tool-free installation here. At the top rear of the case is the only fan in the case, a 120mm exhaust fan, sitting next to the motherboard I/O slot.
This case also has several cutouts on the motherboard tray, which is a nice feature; the largest is the CPU cooler cutout. There are also two smaller ones on the very right side of the tray. None of the cutouts have any rubber to protect the cables from being cut. However, Diablotek has rolled the edges down so that the cables won’t get cut as easily.
Another smaller cutout can be found where the bottom of the motherboard would sit (used for mATX motherboards) and further down is the largest cutout, which will probably be used the most since it sits right next to the power supply. The case also comes with a manual and the necessary hardware for installation.
If you remove the right side panel you’re greeted with the backside of the motherboard tray. While there is room for cable management between the two sides of the case, I wouldn’t recommend stuffing all of your cables on the back because there isn’t a whole lot of room to manage your cables.
Aug 19, 2014 0