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The fans are both powered by one mainboard connector through a splitter cable. This prevents you from controlling them individually (but do you need such control anyway?). On the other hand, that’s expedient for users who have only one fan connector on their mainboards.

One more interesting thing is that there is a vent hole in the bottom of the case covered with a dust filter. You can install one more 120mm fan there to pump more air into the case and improve the cooling of your graphics card.

The expansion-slot brackets have to be torn off and you cannot put them back in place later. The plate for fastening expansion cards will not be compatible with some dual-slot graphics cards and is not much easier to use than traditional screws. The fastening mechanism is not robust enough. Moreover, if you’ve got several add-in cards, you have to hold them somehow in place before locking the fastening plate. That’s why you may want to prefer to remove the plate altogether and use screws instead.

Drives are fastened using a popular method: a plastic bracket is inserted with its prongs into the device’s threaded holes and fixes the device firmly when you turn the handle.

The same mechanism is used for optical and hard drives and card-readers but you may have problems with the latter two types of devices if they have nonstandard screw holes, for example not four but two holes in each side. In every case the drive is supported from the other side by a springy bar of metal.

Unfortunately, you will have to remove the second side panel in order to install your optical drive. Otherwise, you won’t be able to remove the front panel (to undo its locks, to be exact).

Handy glue-on cable holders are included into the kit. They can only be used for rather small bunches of cables, though.

The cables of the front-panel buttons and indicators end in 2-pin connectors with locks rather than in traditional flat connectors. They are plugged into a special adapter shown in the picture above. This must have been made to ensure unification with senior models whose buttons and LEDs are connected to a special controller.

 

We assembled the test system easily but there was one problem. The case is obviously too short for top-end graphics cards.

Our HIS IceQ3 Radeon HD 3870 card is 240 millimeters long (for comparison, a standard GeForce GTX 260 is 267 millimeters long) but it barely fitted into the case with its power connector. Even installing a standard ATX mainboard into this case is not easy because of the insufficient length, and it is difficult to connect SATA cables to the connectors at the edge of the mainboard because they are behind the HDD rack. Fortunately, there is some space behind the drives where all the cables can be tucked into.

Thus, assembling a really top-end gaming configuration in this system case may be problematic. You should check out the length of your graphics card and the position of its power connectors beforehand. If the card is longer than 244 millimeters, the Ikonik Taran won’t suit you.

 
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