Exterior Examination

Don’t you just love the look of the front of the Eureka? It reminds me and I guess ThermalTake as they mention it, of rounded high-end speakers.

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Now, while looking at the front of the Eureka and realizing that the door is solid aluminum, you might think that no air would be able to penetrate such an obstacle, but you would be wrong as the curvature at the bottom is vented and allows plenty of fresh air to get inside, you’ll get an idea of it in our next photo below.

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With the door opened you can see some of the vents at the bottom of the door and five 5.25′ external drive bays, the two 3.5′ external drive bays and underneath the drive bays is the vented panel that conceals the 120 mm intake fan.

The 3.5′ drive bays are removable from the front of the case, which we find interesting and very handy. As can be seen below; you also get a better look at the venting at the bottom of the door.

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Removal is as simple as grasping the ends of the metal slides pushing them in towards the center as you remove the 3.5′ drive bays.

The only thing of interest on the ride side of the Eureka is the handy location of the front access ports and the locking mechanism that keeps your drives safe. The lock takes on additional importance as all the mounted drives can be removed from the front of the case as all use slide rails for mounting.

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From top to bottom you have first the lock, and then the audio ports, the IEEE 1394 port and finally two USB2 ports. I’m a big fan of any case that uses this side mounting technique for the front access ports, as it allows the wiring for the ports to enter the case in a manner that is beneficial to good wire management within the case.

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The right side panel is pretty plain, so no real need to show it to you, but the left side panel is anything but plain as you can see above. The unique honeycomb metal mesh opening on this panel will assure a fresh supply of air reaches the motherboard cavity. As is the case with the front door of the Eureka, the side panel also locks using the same key for both.

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The back panel is pretty standard for most ATX type enclosures except for one little detail that you can’t see very well in this photo, but the one below will do the trick!

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Just above the power supply are two pre-punched knock-outs intended to be used by those of you wishing to use liquid cooling with the Eureka. As you can see they are ready for the fittings shown and take the tubing above the power supply into the case (there is more than enough room above the PSU to accommodate this). Now, if that’s not enough for you, there’s an addition four stamped knock-outs in the lower right hand corner of the rear panel.

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