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Now we’ve reached the chassis. It is high quality as you could expect from a system case of this class. The iron is thick, the edges are neatly rolled in, and the spring-loaded spacers of the side panels reduce rattling and vibration. The expansion cards and drives are installed without screws but the mainboard is seated on traditional poles and fastened with ordinary screws. Well, I have no gripes about that. New-fangled screw-less fastening mechanisms often prove to be unhandy.

There are stiffening angles in the corners of the chassis for more rigidity.

As I wrote above, expansion cards are installed without screws here. The system case has inherited its plastic locks from the earlier series. As opposed to some other versions of such fastening mechanisms, this one does not prevent you from installing dual-slot graphics cards. Take note that there are spring-loaded spacers between the slot holes that ensure an electric contact between the case and expansion cards.

There is an alarm button on the side panel to warn about an intrusion into the computer. It may prove to be a handy feature in an organization.

Every drive is installed without screws here. The external bays have handy plastic locks whereas the hard drives reside in a detachable cage as I’ll explain shortly.

You have to remove the front panel to install your drives into the open bays. It is easy: just press on the two latches at the sides of the panel and pull it to yourself and slightly down.

Remove what brackets you don’t need (they do not have screws here) and insert your drives into appropriate bays.

The faceplates of the bays are not solid but covered from the outside with small-mesh grid. Beneath the grid there is a thin layer of porous material that works as a dust filter.

To remind you, this system case has only one external 3.5-inch bay. It is located at the very top of the common rack, which is good for the overall rigidity of the chassis. The bay is shifted towards the left panel and there is a metallic spacer on its right. By the way, the cables of the front-panel indicators and Power button go into the case through that spacer.

The screw-less fastening mechanism is original. In most other cases you have to use detachable retainers but here the retainers are permanently attached to the bays. To fix your drive, you must pull at the retainer, insert the drive and align its mounting holes with the holes in the bays, and put the retainer back down. And the drive gets fixed in place with the jut in the retainer. This mechanism is simple but handy and reliable.

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