Installation

Revisiting the drive trays for a moment, 3.5” drives are quick and easy to install. You simply flex sides out a little bit and click the pins into the screw holes on the drive. On the tray there are also holes to support mounting a 2.5” drive. This is important now that SSD’s are becoming more and more common. (Not having 2.5” drive support these days is an instant disqualification in my book.) The upper 3.5” bay is removable if you want to eek a bit more room out in that section.

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Once the mainboard standoffs were installed the install was rather easy. However, this is where I must pause and note a serious frustration I had with this case. It took me 30 minutes to install five standoffs. The included screw head (which fits over the standoff and allows you to install them with a screwdriver instead of trying to use ye ‘ole pliers) is the only way I was able to get the standoffs in. I suspect this is due to the manufacturing process. I strongly suspect that the holes are drilled and then the mainboard tray goes to the paint line. Once I got it threaded about halfway through it must have worn off enough paint that they installed. This is just a frustration to be prepared for.

Other than that, there was plenty of room around the mainboard tray to get everything installed.

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The backplate opening looks to be sufficient, but might be a little tight on some CPU coolers or a different socket type.

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I would have liked to spend more time making the wiring pretty, but we didn’t have the time available. However, with the included ties and available room behind the mainboard, you should be able to do a pretty clean wiring job and keep air flowing through your case. Pulling the front of the case off you can see the included 120mm blue LED fan and what looks to be support for an optional second 120mm fan here.

Now if you have been counting, I have listed off six slots for optional 120mm fans. Apparently the specifications (which only list four optional locations) do not include an additional front or bottom fan. Personally I wouldn’t add an additional fan in either of those locations, but it is puzzling why they don’t tout six optional locations.

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garfi3ld's Avatar
garfi3ld replied the topic: #25620 11 Jun 2012 15:45
A look at MSI's new case, with the rebate and instant money off its a deal
Arxon's Avatar
Arxon replied the topic: #25626 11 Jun 2012 23:12
I don't like where there is no rubber around the wire management slots.
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Twodavez replied the topic: #25628 11 Jun 2012 23:31
I think the inside looks good, i also agree that it's kinda odd they didn't put a big window on it. I wonder if they'll sell one like the Cooler Master 690 case did. Just another way to make a little money from the gamers! Although with modding the hobby it is, i think it would be cool to put in your own window and etch the claw marks into it and put some blue LED's on them to light them up!

Good reveiw!
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Wingless92 replied the topic: #25631 12 Jun 2012 01:33
Looks like it was made for a 15 year old. I wish it was cheaper too. But, you can't have everything in life. MSI makes great stuff but they dropped the ball on this case.
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olorinpc replied the topic: #25763 16 Jun 2012 19:51
It works without rubber lining, but I do agree. I prefer those as it helps keep the airflow exactly where I want it going.
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Arxon replied the topic: #25768 17 Jun 2012 05:32
Guess I am just spoiled with the case I won at the last lanoc event.
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Myndmelt replied the topic: #25771 17 Jun 2012 08:59
Im sorry, I cant get past the pictures. This case looks awful.

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