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It is miraculously easy to install an optical drive: just remove the faceplate, open the lock and insert the drive:

Then you can close the lock…

…and enjoy the result:

As for mainboard installation, it is performed in the traditional way, with ordinary poles and screws. It also turns out that the Armor potentially supports mainboards of the BTX form-factor – to install such a mainboard you‘ll only have to buy a new rear panel with a different placement of the expansion card slits.

BTX mainboards are not widely available yet, so the appropriate panel is not enclosed with the system case.

I had no problems during the mainboard installation:

There’s more than enough space around the mainboard to mount even the largest CPU cooling system you can imagine. Expansion cards are fastened with a block of locks similar to the ones in the Tsunami Dream and Soprano and with the same drawback – the fastening is too flabby. That is why I just removed that block altogether and fastened the cards in the old way, with screws. Nothing can really compare with this traditional, time-tested method, I think.

The system case looks quite attractively with the side panel closed:

The middle section of the window is located right against the CPU cooler. Users that have highlighted CPU coolers should appreciate this fact, but you should take note that the preinstalled 120mm fans have blue highlighting. If you’ve got a piece of chrome-plated mesh , some glue and time, you can replace the middle section with a mesh insert, which should have a most positive effect on the thermal conditions of the hottest system components as we have seen with the above-described model.

Well, we’ll check right now if such modifications are at all necessary.

 
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