Originally Posted by anleva
What are your initial impressions of those cases? I think I may try and build a mini-ITX case instead of the microATX I was first considering. The E-I5 looks interesting. Does it have the ports above the back panel like the E-I7 does? I wish it would have had vents instead, but probably not that big of a deal.
Would the E-I5 support both a 3.5" HDD and 2.5" SSD?
My initial impressions are that they are really nice cases. Yeah, the COM ports are kind of strange but at least they are in the back where they are not visible. I would rather they were a vent design too. The SATA and Molex port in the back actually come with the cables necessary to hook up an external drive which could be handy.
With the E-I5, what HDDs it can support is entirely dependent on the motherboard used. With a 1155 motherboard and a 28mm cooler, the 3.5" HDD rests right on the cooler. It also competes with the 24-pin power cable in the front. So, it can be done with the right cooler, maybe the aforementioned Dynatron. Foregoing the internal PSU and getting a picoPSU also makes more room since the 20-pin power cable isn't so stiff.. There is plenty of clearance however for 2 x 2.5" HDD.
If you don't use the ODD in the E-I7 there is room for a 3.5" HDD, maybe even 2, with a low profile cooler -- I think even the NT07-1156.
With a Fusion or Atom motherboard, the story is much difference since there is no desktop HSF.