Author: Greg Baden
To install the motherboard in the case all we had to do was install three motherboard standoffs, since the other six we needed are already raised.
Next is the installation of our expansion cards. To install the device you need to unlatch the red clip, remove the expansion bracket which you can’t use again, raise the red clip up and install your card. You then need to latch the red clip, which really isn’t the greatest or most secure method, at least that I’ve seen over the years.
Installing any external drives will require you to remove the front bezel. Since you can’t use the top external slot for 5.25” devices, you’re going to have to remove the metal blocking the slots for all devices that you want to install. Just a couple of wiggles will remove the blockages, but you sort of wonder why there wasn’t one blocking the top slot as well.
You can then slide your drive into the desired slot and secure it with the red/black locking mechanism.
A black drive on a black case looks pretty nice.
Like I mentioned before you can use a 2.5” drive on either of the top dual dock drive bays. But if you’re like us, you’re going to install an SSD inside of your case. Unfortunately there’s no way to install a 2.5” drive inside of the case. Luckily for us there was a 2.5” to 3.5” adapter that we could use to install in our case. You’d think the BlacX, being a relatively new case should support a simple feature such as including support for 2.5” drive bays inside.
The case is filled up nicely once you get everything installed; however, there’s not a lot of room for airflow once you have everything installed.
Once you have it turned on, the front 120mm fan will illuminate from the blue LEDs.