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Closer Look

The front panel of the case is well designed, except maybe for the 5.25” bay. This bay stands vertically, which is a non-standard stance. Some CD/DVD drives may find it difficult to work properly when placed in such a position or refuse to take in or eject the media. So, you will have to get careful when shopping and choose a drive that allows vertical disk load. In every other respect, fa?ade of the EZW-3060 gives no cause for any criticism on my part. The power-control buttons are all placed conveniently. There is the reset button, which is sometimes absent on many modern system cases. Microsoft may be doing quite well, but the hang-ups are an everyday thing still.

In this snapshot, to the right, you see headphones and microphone mini-jacks, a USB 2.0 and FireWire ports. The lower bay accommodates a universal flash-card reader, which supports such standards as CompactFlash I and II, MicroDrive, SmartMedia, Secure Digital/MultiMedia Card and Memory Stick.

The informational LCD-display can tell you about: the effective CPU frequency, how far above the nominal this frequency is (during overclocking), CPU and North Bridge temperatures. Here is a piece of iconography to you: the green symbol of a mainboard implies that it’s here and running. If any device goes down, you will get a warning in the form of a spanner against a threatening red background above the device’s icon. The available icons denote the system memory, optical drive (when it’s working, the icon becomes animated), and power supply unit.

The final touch to the whole picture is the EZ CPU Tuner. It is a wheel to control the FSB frequency “on the fly” by setting it over or below the nominal. We will test this curious function in practice soon.

 
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