A Look Inside
After taking the side panel of the case off I noticed that it had sound dampening material on it, which is great to see even though this side panel does have a window on it.
Taking a look inside we can see a very clean layout. Starting at the motherboard tray there is a large CPU cutout in the center. This will allow you to install an aftermarket CPU cooler without having to remove your motherboard from the case. There are 5 cable routing holes that do have the rubber inserts installed.
One thing that stands out about the inside of the case are the drive trays as they are painted white. There are two hard drive cages, the top cage holds 5 hard drives and the bottom one holds 3 drives. The trays in each cage easily come out and support both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch hard drives. Both hard drive cages can be completely removed. The top drive cage can also be oriented 90 degrees so the drives are facing into the case.
The two 5.25-inch drive bays do not have a tool-less system, which I actually like. Along the bottom of the case there is room for a 120/140mm fan. There are 4 rubber feet on the bottom of the case that your power supply will sit on. There is also vibration dampening material around the power supply opening.
Both of the included fans in this case are Fractal Design’s own Silent Series R2 fans, which feature hydraulic bearings contributing to a longer life expectancy. At the top of the case you can see the openings for the fans are covered by large pieces of foam. You can remove this foam if you choose to install fans, but if not it of course helps with keeping the case quiet.
Moving around to the opposite side of the case it also has sound dampening material installed on it. With the other side panel removed we can see how everything it set up. There are quite a few tie down points for zip ties. On the backside of the motherboard tray there are two mounting points for two 2.5-inch solid state drives.
As far as room for routing cables behind the motherboard you should have more than enough room to route all of your cables. There is about an inch of space between the motherboard tray and the back of the case.
Jan 30, 2015 0