Author: Frank Stroupe
- A Look Outside
- A Look Inside
- A Look Inside Continued
- Installation Continued
- SIM Software
- Cooling Testing
A Look Outside
This is the first aluminum full tower I have ever laid eyes upon, all of mine have been steel. No, it isn’t feather light, weighing in at about 22 pounds, but that is with the liquid cooling hardware installed. Considering my Armor+ case weighs 37 pounds butt naked, I think we can say that the use of aluminum definitely saves some weight.
My first glance at the Ra X10 says “attention to detail”. The bezel door is the same matte black anodized as the rest of the case, but there is a shiny silver trim. The trim is exposed aluminum, having been diamond cut. The overall look is very elegant.more than merely a door. Adding to that look is the lack of any sharp corners, everything is rounded. This is a “grown-up’s” enthusiast PC case.not drab but not wild.
The design of the bezel allows ample airflow to the front fans. Twin 120mm fans will move a lot of wind.
The bezel door opens to expose the six optical drive bays. The very shiny plastic covers make up the bulk of the small amount of plastic on the rig.
There are vents along the entire top of the case facing each side. As we will see, there is a huge amount of intake air coming into this case, and these vents are needed to prevent too much positive pressure if you use side windows.
The I/O panel is very clean looking. It is built right into the case top, along with a very visible flow meter for the cooling system. There isn’t a reset button, but I seldom use one anyway. Something I really like is the distance between the USB ports. There is actually enough space for me to use my SD card reader and thumb drive in the same pair of ports. Even better considering you may only use one pair of USB ports, more on that later.
Since it is right out there in the open, Ikonik provides an extremely cool dust cover. It is made out of some kind of rubberized polymer. The round dot at the top of the cover contains a magnet.the design allows the cover to be easily spun around out of the way, or remove it altogether.though if you’re like me, it very likely would get misplaced or lost.
Here is something I would have liked to have had on many of my cases, especially my other full towers, a handle. What a pain it is to deal with side panels on steel full towers, or the old “slide on” method of closing the side panels on midtowers. The handle is plastic and embossed with the Ikonik logo. What isn’t evident about the handle is its other purpose.to allow the mesh (or included window) to be split into two pieces, adding much stability both to the mesh/window and side panel, and preventing the window/mesh from rattling. The modder’s mesh has fairly large openings, allowing you to see inside of the case.
Rather than force you to choose between buying a case with mesh or window, Ikonik has thoughtfully provided a clear polycarbonate window, you still have to choose, but at least you can change it rather than RMA.
Looking closely along the side of the top panel, the aluminum has been diamond blasted to give a grained look. The side edges of the bezel are also textured in this fashion.
The rear of the case nearly looks typical.but not quite. Locks on each side panel is something I haven’t seen before.
The exhaust fan is 140mm. You can just barely see it, but there are silicone strips on the “shelves” that the power supply rests on to prevent vibration there.
We now start to see some real ventilation differences. Here on the bottom are a pair of 80mm fans. More on them in a minute.
Normally the right side of a case is totally plain, maybe a vent or something. When was the last time you saw a case with eight 80mm fans on the right side? See what I meant about a lot of ventilation in this case?
At first glance the legs look a little flimsy, but after some close examination, they are plenty sturdy enough to hold the Ra X10 very stable. Rather than spin to move them under the case, just push the legs in to lock them under the case. Push again to extend them.