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Interestingly, the wires from the front panel go along the bay where two seats for external 3.5-inch devices are. One seat is already occupied with the integrated card-reader while the other is blocked with the buttons and allows to install an internal 3.5-inch device only.

There are considerably more wires than usual. Besides two 3-pin connectors for fans and a 4-pin connector for the fan controller, the functionally rich front panel called for a connection into the mainboard’s main 24-pin plug. And since the GMC AVC-K2 is a combination of hardware and software, the front panel is also attached to the mainboard via USB. It is nice that the developers from GMC remember that there are no external USB ports inside the computer: an adapter for connecting directly to the mainboard is included into the kit.

Unfortunately, the front panel is fastened by means of the same unhandy spacers with screws as in the R3 Corona. In the AVC-K2 they are attached to rather flimsy bases in the plastic – you should not even try to remove the front panel by pulling.

The 140mm fan on the front panel is fastened in a plastic tray with meshed bottom that protects the system case from dust.

Unfortunately, you can only access this tray by removing the front panel. And the front panel fastening being so unhandy, we don’t think anyone will have the desire to clean the mesh from dust often. Although the system case has only two external 5-inch bays, there are four of them in total. And there are neat brackets in three of them. So, you can use them freely if you’ve got devices that don’t need to be accessed from the front panel, e.g. internal rails for installing HDDs into 5.25-inch bays.

HDDs and optical drives are installed into this system case by means of rails.

 

The assembly process is surprisingly smooth and easy because the case is somewhat longer than opponent products. The cables can be laid neatly and there is no doubt that any graphics card will fit in. The only thing you should take care about is that the PSU should have T- and L-shaped connectors for HDDs, and you should prefer SATA cables with such connectors, too. Ordinary connectors are going to be too close to the side panel and may be damaged by it.

 
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