A Closer Look (Inside)
With the side panel removed we can get a good look inside the case. Both side panels are secured with two thumb screws on the back. All of the I/O cables and control wiring come with clearly labeled connectors to assist in attaching them to the motherboard headers and are a good length for this case.
A rear exhaust fan mounting hole is located on the back, which together with the power supply, exhausts warm case air out the back of the enclosure. No exhaust fan is provided but you can install an 80mm, 92mm, or 120mm fan of your choice for added airflow. Below the fan location are seven expansion slots, each fitted with removable slot covers that are secured by a tool-less retention mechanism.
Note the side fan speed control installed in one of the middle PCI slots. The motherboard tray is not removable. It uses brass standoffs, which can be positioned to accommodate various motherboard configurations.
All of the drive cages are mounted down the front of the enclosure: (5) external 5.25′ bays at the top, (1) 3.5′ external in the middle, and (7) 3.5′ HDD bays at the bottom. A spare parts storage drawer comes pre-installed in the HDD area that can be easily removed if desired.
The HDD cage sits right behind the front cooling fan however much of the direct airflow is blocked by sheet metal brackets. I would prefer to see a much more open path for airflow from the front fan into the case.
There is quite a bit of extra room in the top of this case if you are interested in mounting a blow-hole fan or radiator up topâ€¦ 🙂