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The power supply is installed onto four small poles with soft tips and is fastened only to the back panel. It can be positioned in two different ways. So, if you’ve got a PSU with a horizontal fan, it won’t compete for the air with your graphics cards, disrupting the airflows.

There is a dust filter for the PSU but you’ll have to take the latter out in order to clean it.

The expansion-slot brackets are reusable and made from the same metal as the rest of the chassis. They are fastened with thumbscrews. By the way, take note of the two slits going along the expansion slots.

 

They are meant for this thing which can additionally support your graphics cards and allows to install an 80mm fan next to them. Those slits are needed to fasten this support at the required height. It can be used for multiple cards, but this depends on how far apart the PCI Express x16 slots are on your mainboard. This thing may come in handy for today’s heavy top-end graphics cards.

There is one 120mm fan (A14025-10CB-3BN-F1) on the top panel. You can add another 140mm model to it or replace them both with a pair of 120mm fans. The radiator of a liquid cooling system may be installed here, if it is not large: the mainboard is too close to the fans.

This chassis can be covered with fans all over. There is a 140mm fan in front of the HDD rack but you can also add a 120mm fan to the back of it. Take note that there are two sets of mounting holes: the fans can be both at the top or bottom (we wonder what HDDs might require to be cooled by two fans!), or set at different heights to cool not four but all six HDDs.

But if you only have two HDDs, you can just remove the bottom part of the rack with four bays by unfastening a few screws. This will free a lot of space inside the chassis. There are two seats for 120mm fans on the bottom panel there, which seems to be an ideal place for the radiator of a liquid cooling system (but you have to use a short (preferably 145mm) power supply for that).

HDDs are installed into the rack by means of the included guides. You just put the flexible guide on your HDD, matching the mounting holes. This installation system is easy and simple.

There is an adapter to install 2.5-inch drives (for example, an SSD) into a guide: two drives go into one guide. A handy and useful solution.

For external 3.5-inch devices, simple guides and matching faceplates are included into the box. If you don’t replace the default faceplate, you can use this guide to install an internal HDD.

Now, let’s take a look under the right panel where cables are supposed to be hidden. There are lots of holes in the mainboard’s mounting plate, their edges neatly finished. A window for installing a CPU cooler’s back-plate is available, too. It is not large, so the back-plate may be somewhat hidden from sight on mainboards with a different position of the CPU socket.

 

We had no problems assembling our test configuration in this system case. The Cooler Master 690 II Advanced can take in graphics cards up to 30 centimeters long, so you may only have some problems with extremely long models of Radeon HD 5970.

The cables can indeed be hidden behind the mainboard’s mounting plate, but there is not much room in there. Closing the side panel may be a problem, so you should think beforehand how you are going to connect and lay the cables so that they did not go one above the other. We succeeded in hiding even the rather thick sleeved cables of our power supply, but it took some time.

SATA cables with L-shaped connectors are preferable because ordinary ones will press against the side panel and may get damaged.

The photo shows the system case with its highlighting turned on.

 
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