A Look Inside
After removing the included three thumbscrews per side panel, push the button to open the left side panel.
Inside, we see the beauty of an aluminum case.after years of boring greenish or beige painted steel, or gray unpainted steel that tends to rust here in this very humid climate, here is shiny aluminum that won’t rust. Fit and finish is perfect, no sharp edges and everything is tight. There is lots to see here, I’ll take one thing at a time.
As I mentioned earlier, there are six 5 1/4″ drive bays. The bottom one will hold a floppy drive with the included adapter.
Notice the thumbscrew on the motherboard tray. Remove this screw, slide the motherboard tray forward, and the tray is easily removed. Be careful and don’t drop the screw, the bottom of the case is pretty crowded. I spent the better part of 10 minutes trying to find and retrieve it.
The drive locks are something totally new. The Ikonik website says that if you remove one you will end up playing with it for hours. So far, I have resisted the urge, but the day is young.
The hard drive bay holds six drives with sliding locks. Note the front intake fans, a pair of 120mm fans.
If six drives aren’t enough, there is a second bay that holds two more.
The hard drive locks aren’t your typical sliding locks. Oh, they work the same way, but the pins are protrusions of silicone disks. Your drives will be about as vibration free as you can get.
Also, you can reposition the disks to change mounting configuration of the drives.you can mount them with the connectors facing inward for cable management, or with the connectors facing outward for ease of drive removal for swapping. The default is inward. Normally you have no choice with tool free hard drive systems.usually the connectors face outward, and a very few face inward, but not a choice with the same case.
Here’s the 140mm rear fan, along with the pair of 80mm fans on the bottom. If you haven’t figured it out yet, they cool the extra hard drive bay.
The PCI tool free locking device uses a “door” style of lock. It is made of metal and fits very tight. More on that when I install the video card.