There’s a lot of room inside this case. The motherboard try is not removable, but there’s plenty of room to work. A support bar is in the middle of the chassis.
The maintenance side panel fan has a unique way of getting power: it uses a contact area near the bottom of the case rather than a device plug. This enables it to be controlled by the fan controller knob on the top of the case without having to manage its cables independently.
There are two 3.5″ hard drive cages, each holding three hard drives. At the bottom of the case, there’s a spot for a 2.5″ hard drive or solid state drive. The cages, as well as 5.25″ bay devices, are restrained by black tool-less clips.
There’s plenty of room for two more 50 mm fans on the rear grating., and all of the expansion slot covers are slitted.
The PSU riser at the bottom has some sharper edges on it, so I’ll have to watch my fingers when I’m installing the PSU. I have a feeling that the lip to the fore of the riser might cause some problems with longer PSUs, but it’s apparently adjustable.
The included fans are likely sufficient for most folks, but those who need that extra bit of air cooling will certainly enjoy the case’s spacious layout and sufficient room for another 200 mm fan and two 50 mm fans.
See the hole in the motherboard tray? It’s intentional! More and more cases are leaving room there so that a user can remove the opposite side panel and be able to install a CPU cooler backplate without having to remove the motherboard from the case.
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.
Sep 22, 2014 0