A Look Inside
Opening up the case is pretty simple. All you have to do is remove two screws on the back of the case and slide the top of the case off. When you take the top of the case off you will notice that it is lined with sound dampening material. The inside of the case has a pretty open layout as we expected.
The hard drive cages are the same type that we saw on the Node 304 case. They are white and support both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch hard drives. They also have rubber grommets on the mounting holes for the 3.5-inch hard drives, which should cut down on vibration noise. These cages can be removed by simply taking out two screws. The large support beam in the center of the case can also be removed for easier installation.
While one of the fans has a grill on it one does not. I would have liked to have seen one on both, just for the fact that since this is a HTPC case space is limited and wires could easily go into the fan. The slim-line optical drive cover can be taken off from the inside for you to install the drive. Keep in mind you can only install a drive here if you use a mATX motherboard. If you use a normal ATX motherboard it will not fit.
Jan 30, 2015 0