Interior and Build Process
Opening the case is easier than most tempered glass models thanks to the panel design, which has just two thumbscrews at the top while the bottom rests on a metal bracket.
Inside the case offers the usual open layout, with a shroud at the bottom to cover the power supply and hard drive bays.
There is a pair of large grommeted cable openings to the right of the motherboard mounts to keep things looking neat, and the front of the case offers a screen filter for fan intake with room for up to three fans (none are included).
The rear of the case offers a pre-mounted 140 mm exhaust fan, so there should be at least some positive airflow out of the box.
The top of the case is where things diverge from the norm, and is something of a throwback to older case designs:
Nothing to see here! Yes, the top of this case is simply a solid steel panel, with no fan mounts or ventilation. This should help control noise, but also limits liquid cooler installation to the front or rear.
Now a look behind the rear side panel:
Looks good! Included velcro straps for cable management are always welcome, and there are three dedicated 2.5-inch drive trays and three 3.5-inch trays to be found along the left side, with the usual bottom/rear PSU mount configuration under the shroud.
As you can see with this ATX motherboard installed there is quite a bit of room left in the case, with the cable openings (with grommets) to the right of the board allowing for most of the cables to be controlled during the build.
While I will not be mounting a liquid cooler on the front inputs for this review there is plenty of space for a longer radiator, as the lower shroud offers a cutout along these front fan mounts:
Moving around to the back we now take a look at storage, which begins with some clever looking hinged SSD mounts. These, unfortunately, did not work as well as I was expecting – though they serve their purpose in holding up to three 2.5-inch drives along the left side.
It's hard to see from the above photo, but with the drive inserted there was not room for a standard SATA cable along the left side, even after flipping the left bracket around to make more room. I ended up flipping the SSD upside down and attaching cables from the right side, which solved the problem.
3.5-inch hard drives attach to plastic trays which then slide and lock into the three dedicated bays next to the power supply.
Speaking of power supplies, the chamber offers plenty of room for most small to medium depth models, though modular cables will take up some of the extra room as you can see.
Finally we'll check out the rear expansion bracket, which is an interesting hinged design.
Once expansion cards are installed this easily swings back up into place and is then secured with screws. This seemed to work very well even without placing two screws in the GPU bracket itself.
Next we'll take a look at the completed build and see how the case performed.