A Closer Look – At the Inside
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Removing the left side panel provides a good view inside the P182SE Special Edition enclosure.  Note the entire inside of the case is painted matte black.  The P182SE chassis is divided into two chambers for better thermal management and noise control.  The upper chamber houses the motherboard, 5.25” ODD cage, and upper 3.5” HDD cage.  The lower section houses the power supply and lower 3.5” HDD cage. 

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Looking up into the motherboard chamber you can see the two included 120mm Tri-Cool exhaust fans (top and back).  There are a total of 7 expansion slots and each slot cover is held in place with a dedicated machine screw (no tool-less quick releases here).  The motherboard mounts on pre-installed standoffs.

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Notice the snake light.  This is another feature unique to the P182SE Special Edition.  It is a small LED light on a flexible (adjustable) shaft that is intended to help light your way when working inside the P182SE enclosure

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The power supply is designed to mount in the bottom of the chassis, which helps keep the center of gravity low.  A third 120mm Tri-Cool fan is located between the power supply and the lower 3.5” HDD cage.  This fan is intended to pull air in over the HDDs and provide cooling for the lower thermal chamber.  However, as we will see in the next section, this fan will most likely get in the way of all but the most compact power supplies.  Relocating the fan to the optional front location may be a better option for many users.  In most cases if you only have one or two HDDs installed in the lower cage the power supply fan should be able to generate enough airflow in the lower chamber to keep the drives acceptably cool.


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