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The rack for hard and optical drives consists of three sections. The top section is for 5-inch bays. The middle and bottom sections are for 3.5-inch hard drives, the bottom section being an individual cage.

The 5-inch bays are covered with rather nonstandard faceplates that are secured on the chassis with the same screws as you use to fasten a 5-inch device. That’s handy: you don’t have to tear anything off.

Two guides for external 3.5-inch devices are included with the GS1000. A device can be fastened to the side or bottom panels of the guide.

 

HDDs are accessed through the two flip-down covers on the front panel of the case. Behind them, there are two individual compartments each of which accommodates three HDD guides. Unfortunately, there is no place for cooling fans here.

 

The guide is attached to an HDD with its four smooth poles that fit tightly into the HDD’s threaded holes. These poles are secured on the guide by means of rubber pads that reduce vibration. The whole contraption can be taken apart: you can move one side panel by using the flat levers on the bottom of the guide. This complex thing is designed for the HDD to be placed into the guide and fixed firmly by shifting the sides of the guide back without any screws. This may sound too sophisticated but is actually quite handy. If you worry about the fastening of your HDDs, there is a hole in the guide to additionally secure the HDD with a screw.

To take the guide out of the case, you have to squeeze the protrusions in its front part and pull at the handle. This is not an easy operation, but fortunately, you don’t have to press the guide too hard.

The bottom compartment is a cage for three SATA drives.

You can see vent openings in the bottom panel just below the cage. The mounting holes suggest that you can install a 120mm fan here. Unfortunately, the fan won’t fit in even if the bottom HDD is missing: the side plastic grooves for the guides get in the way. The chassis seems to have not been intended for this cage. Perhaps that’s just a developer’s mistake.

The owners of old but high-quality PSUs will like the fact that the SATA cage is powered via PATA power connectors: two connectors for three SATA HDDs.

Finally, we can show you a funny accessory supplied with this system case. It is an adapter from one 8-pin to a 4-pin CPU power connector. It is useful. For example, we used it to extend the PSU’s native power cable to reach to the mainboard’s connector behind the mainboard’s mounting plate. But why does this adapter have two 4-pin connectors that can be joined back into an 8-pin one?

 

It is a real pleasure to assemble a computer in this system case because it is roomy. Take note that the numerous cables can be done with in a handy and even aesthetic manner: they can be hidden behind the mainboard’s mounting plate. The big length of the case guarantees that any graphics card, even the longest one, will fit in. We guess the GS1000 will make it comfortable to assemble a graphics-processing station because you won’t have any problems installing a dual-processor mainboard or huge professional graphics cards. There is enough of room for HDDs, too. The only question is how effective this system case is in terms of ventilation. Its two exhaust fans have to create a strong airflow through the entire interior. Will they cope? You will learn shortly.

 
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