Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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I'm having slightly different issues than babgvant with this case in his review. Here are my intial comments so far. I will post some pictures at a later date.
I'm using a Gigabyte GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 motherboard in the chasis. I have been able to mount my WD20EARX Green Caviar drive on the front face plate with sufficient room to clear the motherboard ATX power supply so I guess it depends on the motherboard as to whether this clashes.
I have mounted my SDD to the 3rd HDD position behind the optical drive bay and above the PSU. It fits with plenty of room. My optical drive is 170mm long and a A 3.5" HDD would be a tight squeeze. I could make it work, but would have to use an L-shaped SATA cable and one of the SATA power plugs that was in the middle of the cable rather than at the end.
I have a Seasonic S12II Bronze 430W PSU and for this type of case I should have gone for the modular version. All the spare cables are bundle up in the 2nd HDD bay beneath the ODD. This may prevent me from adding a 2nd HDD in the future. Also the location of the USB3 front header on the motherboard is right in the middle of where the HDD would be sitting and I would either need to kink the cable from the front panel or put a lot of stress on the connect if I stuck an additional drive here. The USB3 header plug doesn't quite site well in motherboard socket and came out a couple of times when If I ever do decide to put an additional HDD in, I think I'll put it on top of the PSU and move the SDD to below the ODD.
With all the mass of cables running along the front of the motherboard, I also doubt it would be possible to stick a long GPU inside the case without rearranging a few things. I don't need to worry about that at the moment.
I ended up connecting the 2nd fan to the PSU. It is audible if you are right next to the case, but I can't hear it from a couple of metres away. In my opinion if you want silent then replace the fan, but otherwise it is ok. Time will tell as I guess I'm used to a noisy PC.
One other thing that is quite noisy, is the flip down panel for the ODD drive. It makes quite a load thunk when it opens. I also haven't been able to get the HDD activity LED to work yet. I may need to tinker around some more to get it functioning.