Installing the components in the Fanqua was fairly easy in certain parts and more annoying in others. Starting off by installing the motherboard was a breeze since the motherboard standoffs were already implemented into the motherboard tray. What’s also nice is that the motherboard tray has a large cutout in it for easy installation and removal of the CPU cooler.
Installation an expansion card in the motherboard is fairly easy as well. You just have to snap off one of the bay covers, pop up the latch, install the card and snap the latch back down into position.
Like I mentioned earlier in the review the front panel covers come off quite easily, making it a simple task for installing external drives. All you have to do is press on both sides of the cover and pull away from the case. This is actually one of the most effective bay covers I have ever seen.
Once you remove the panel you need to remove the locking mechanism on that drive bay. You can easily do this by rotating the key to the unlock position and pulling out on the device. Once you have the holes lined up again you can insert the device and secure the drive.
Installing internal drive bays in the hard drive cage was harder than I originally thought, but not overly difficult. The drive bay can be either pulled out from the front of the case or through the inside of the case. I decided to pull it out from the front because there’s a little more room to work with and the drive bay covers are really easy to remove. Once you remove the bay covers you need to remove the bottom three drive bay latching devices which hold the drive bay in place.
The other internal fan is attached to the hard drive cage, which only houses three 3.5” drives.
To install the drive you have to insert it into the cage, line up the holes and attach four screws. Then you have to slide the hard drive cage back into the case and secure it to the case by the latching devices. After installing the hard drive I noticed that it seemed to stick out quite a bit, perhaps more than it should for this case since there’s not a whole lot of internal room.
Once all is said and done there’s really not a whole lot of room to work with for cable management.
The 220m blue LED side panel fan does make the case look nice. Once you power it on you can instantly tell that this case is cool and quiet.
Jan 30, 2015 0