Installation

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Popping the front off to install our DVD drive gave us a chance to see the dual 120mm LED fans. The DVD drive simply slides in and is held into place by thumbscrews. The mainboard is mounted into place via the traditional standoffs and the case has sufficient depth to allow for us to have room to work around most of the sides. Working on the top of the mainboard might get a little snug until you remember that the top pops off and allows you to work from that side. If you do chose to add fans on the top, do them last and it will be easier to work with.

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I do want to mention the 3.5” drive trays in particular. There are screw holes if you want to better secure the 3.5” drives, though the single pin on either side seems sufficient to hold them in place. For 2.5” drives though, I don’t like how the screw holes are positioned. Having it centered means the ports are inside of the tray. This makes it a pain to get some plugs in. The screw holes should really be moved so that 2.5” drive ports are lined up with the edge.

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The cable holes for routing would allow for this install to be a bit cleaner, but there is plenty of room to allow for it. The tool-free nature allows for a quick and easy install of the hardware.

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garfi3ld's Avatar
garfi3ld replied the topic: #27096 13 Aug 2012 23:11
our look at one of MSI's latest cases
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Arxon replied the topic: #27099 13 Aug 2012 23:47
Looks nice but I prefer red over blue.
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Cyphis replied the topic: #27110 14 Aug 2012 04:35
I like blue, but there is just something inherently wrong about putting a white cd reader on a black case. :ohmy:
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Twodavez replied the topic: #27112 14 Aug 2012 04:50

Cyphis wrote: I like blue, but there is just something inherently wrong about putting a white cd reader on a black case. :ohmy:


i'm slowly wondering why we even put CD Roms' on PC's anyway. JJ's got a USB one that he uses for his Mods to load Windows and Motherboard updates, but that's about all you need it for and i'm agreeing.

sorry to hijack the thread on a good review of a interesting looking case...
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Deb0 replied the topic: #27114 14 Aug 2012 05:59
@twodavez Some of us still burn physical media as archaic as that sounds.

As far as the case goes, it looks like it is heading in a nice direction but just seems wholly unfinished in its execution. With the USB3 pass through and the lack of rubber grommets in the interior it just seems like a few little things could have made this a better offering. That price range is starting to get very crowed with quality cases these days.
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #27119 14 Aug 2012 10:22

Cyphis wrote: I like blue, but there is just something inherently wrong about putting a white cd reader on a black case. :ohmy:


just to make sure noone will have issues fitting a drive if they need one.

I myself stopped installing drives in my own pc's years ago

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