A Look Inside
Beneath the front lower bezel is a pair of 120mm fans complete with filters which are both switchable and washable. Both side panels must be removed to release the lower bezel, but I have no complaints, that area will definitely be used as a handle for lifting the case and it really needs to be well-attached.
Remove the left side panel and we are greeted with the beautiful white-silver of an aluminum case. Besides the lock, the panel is secured by three thumbscrews. Though there are springs to help hold the door tight, when the screws are removed, the side panel does rattle a little. This can also be corrected by tightening up the bracket that holds the front of the door onto the chassis by bending it slightly, but the screws do work just fine.
It doesn’t take more than a slight glance to notice the multitude of fans in the Ra X10, there are 13 in all. The thought of having to do cable management for all these fans is pretty intimidating, but the guys at Ikonik have already done it for you.
As previously mentioned, there are six 5 1/4″ bays, the bottom one has a conversion kit for a floppy or other 3.5″ external device. The ODD locking devices are very cool, just push the button to lock.
The removable HDD bay has six slots. If that isn’t enough for you, there are two more auxiliary bays with two more HDD slots each. I’m sorry, if ten internal drives aren’t enough, you need a server.
Each HDD slot is equipped with Ikonik’s HDD locks, which have rubber anti-vibration inserts to cut down on that HDD noise.
There are eight PCI expansion slots. Most PCI tool-free locking devices don’t work well, but this one, that opens and shuts like a door, works very well. Ikonik notes that there are some multi-slot video cards that won’t work in the device, but the three or four I’ve used worked fine. Screws can be used along with the locking device, something that most cases won’t accommodate.
This thumbscrew could go totally unnoticed, but it is pretty important, remove it, slide the motherboard tray forward slightly, and remove the motherboard tray.
Besides the 140mm fan, which is 140mm fan-one each, there is a pair of 80mm fans at the bottom of the rear panel. Normally there is little air movement in this part of a case, but six fans on the case floor ensures that every inch of the case interior has some air movement.
Remove the right rear panel and we see the eight case fans in all their glory. We also see the Sim module. It connects to your motherboard’s USB and gives total control to the 13 fans. More on that in a few minutes.
I’d say that these fans run amazingly quiet, but since they are Everflow fans, there is nothing amazing about it. Each fan sports four blue LEDs.
To prevent rattling of the right side panel, there are two foam pads, one located near each bank of fans.
Included with the Ra X10 Sim are lots of thumbscrews and offsets, six temperature sensors, a couple of fan extensions, and an adapter to connect the Sim module to one of your motherboard I/O USB ports if you don’t have an extra internal port on your motherboard.
Also included are instructions, software for Sim, and a pair of windows if you prefer them rather than the mesh.
Aug 18, 2014 0