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To install optical drives you must first take off the faceplates from the bays, preferably all of them. This will make it easier to lay the cables from the drives out. The faceplates would make the process more difficult. There should be no problems unless you want to position two drives facing the opposite directions. The chassis is wide enough for most models of optical drives.

A power supply is installed using a special frame that allows positioning it with the fan facing upwards or downwards (if you want to place something else above the PSU). The only thing we don’t like is that, although there is a special vibration-absorbing pad below the PSU, our PSU hung on its back-panel fasteners rather than lied on that pad.

Interestingly, the top compartment is not separated fully from the central one. The plate between them is all perforated for ventilation and cables.

The expansion-card brackets are reusable and fastened with thumbscrews.

There are more than two 140mm fans cooling the mainboard and its components. The air from the third, bottommost, fan is divided unequally between the central compartment and the HDD compartment. Although this ventilation system is not bad, we guess the developer might have instead put two 80mm intake fans into the bottom compartment and separated it completely with a blank partition.

There is no dedicated space for cables in this system case. You can only try to gather them in the top compartment, which is the emptiest of all. The mainboard’s mounting plate can be detached, which may come in handy.

There is a vertical support plate in the central compartment. Besides making the chassis more rigid, it may support the back of long expansion cards. When you assemble your system, you can install support frames into the holes opposite your long cards. These frames are available in two sizes. Then the frame is pressed against the edge of the expansion card, so that the corner of the textolite went into the frame’s groove. After that you just fix the whole arrangement by fastening a screw.

The accessories to this product include a special metallic plate that is needed to install dual-processor mainboards. A box for storing various screws is included, too.

 

We had no problems assembling our test configuration except that we could not hide the cables as in the other cases. The thick bunch of cables inside does not look pretty but is not as much of a problem as in smaller system cases. On the other hand, we use a short PSU with modular cables. So, if you have a long PSU with lots of cables, you will have to tuck them in every corner of the case to keep the cooling efficiency high.

 
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