InstallationThe internal layout of the GS1000 chassis is pretty typical for a standard full-tower ATX style case except the PSU is located at the bottom. The overall installation of basic components was accomplished with ease. As you will see in the following pictures there is plenty of room to work inside this enclosure.
The power supply slides into position from outside the enclosure and uses a mounting plate that is secured with four thumb screws thru the backside panel. The openings in the bottom of the case underneath the power supply are designed to provide air directly to PSU’s with bottom mounted fans.
Exposed Drive Bays – Optical Drives
The front 5.25” drive bay covers must be removed before a 5.25” ODD or bay device can be mounted. Each drive or bay device then slides in from the front and is secured using four captive thumb screws to mount the drive.
The GS1000 enclosure comes with two 3.5” bay adapters mounted into the lower drive bays, which can be used to mount additional internal HDDs or used to mount an external card reader or other 3.5” bay device.
Internal Hard Disc Drives
The two lower HDD bays each contain three removable trays that pull out through the front of the case. Each HDD tray incorporates four rubber, vibration dampening bushing with steel pins that engage the mounting holes in the side of a standard 3.5” HDD. The trays and the included tool-less mounting hardware proved very easy to use. HDDs can additionally be secured in the trays with two machine screws if you like.
All of the HDDs are cooled by air that is pulled in thru the front and bottom of the case by the top and rear panel exhaust fans.
I installed a full size ATX motherboard (Asus P5N32-SLI Deluxe) into the GS1000 enclosure without issues. The chassis uses threaded standoffs for mounting points and everything lined up and fit perfectly. As you can see in the photos there is a good bit of room around the motherboard area to work and connect cables.