A Closer Look
Externally the Ra X10 Sim is exactly like the Ra X10 Liquid, though, the silver case has a different look due to the black trim breaking up the lines. Well, nearly exactly, the Liquid version has a flow meter. The front of the case has a very rounded smooth look, there are no sharp lines anywhere on the case.
Looking at the overall case finish, it appears to me that the bezel and side panels are anodized, the top is finished in a slightly textured powdercoat that has a slight sparkle finish.
The bezel door and lower front panel are stamped aluminum sheeting with aluminum anodized finish. Rather than being slick, the surface has been machined to give a slightly textured look. The edges of the door and lower panel are cut to give a shiny silver trim, though the trim is not really that noticeable on the silver case, nothing like on the black case, where the shiny trim sets the bezel off.
The door hinges are quite rugged, some of the best I’ve seen, fully capable of supporting the rather heavy door. There are six ODD bays, the covers and surrounding area are all made of very shiny black plastic.
The rounded overall look of the front-top of the case is much more pronounced with the silver case due to the black trim. As with the Liquid, the trim looks like plastic, but is actually aluminum, and has been diamond blasted to give it a grained look.
The Sim also comes with Ikonik’s ingenious control panel dust cover. The cover is made of rubber and has a magnet in the round protrusion on the top. The magnet not only holds the cover in place, it allows it to be swung out of the way without being removed from the case. For me, removal would guarantee loss, or being eaten by one of my wife’s dogs.
The design of the control panel is my favorite trait of the three Ikonik cases I now have. The openings are in the top itself rather than a separate panel, and it gives a really clean look. The I/O switch is lighted, and you can see the LED through the dust cover. The panel consists of the I/O switch, two eSATA ports, an IEEE 1394 port, four USB ports, Audio connectors, and an HDD LED.
The top is vented, and the black grills within the vents blends well with the black trim.
Overall, this is a very nice looking case. Most of my cases have been black, it is nice to occasionally get a silver one. I dunno, I guess a silver case looks a little more conservative than a black one.
Another feature I really like about Ikonik’s Ra X10 is the side opening, Ikonik gives you a choice of mesh or a window, and rather than having to order one or the other, they give you both. I currently am a little tired of windows, and appreciate the mesh. Rather than one large panel, that can be noisy, both the mesh and Plexiglas are two panels. The bar that separates the panels serves as a handle for panel removal. The panels are removed very easily, probably the easiest I’ve owned, on the left side you merely hold the panel with one hand and push a button with the other.
The rear of the case is pretty basic, excepting the 140mm exhaust fan, and the twin fans at the bottom of the case. More on them a little later.
Like the Ra X10 Liquid, the Sim has eight 80mm fans on the right side of the case. The black trim and mesh again look good against the silver panel, breaking up the lines of the huge expanse of case.
Ikonik’s full tower feet are ingenious and well built. Rather than pivot out like many full tower feet, the feet are retractable. Press once to lock the foot under the case, press again to extend. Just to mention, the case is plenty stable with all four feet retracted.