- Packaging, Bare Essentials and Specifications
- External Impressions
- Internal Impressions Part 1
- Internal Impressions Part 2
- Installation Impressions
The configuration I’ve are as follows:
|Motherboard||Asus 990FX Sabertooth|
|Cooler||Thermaltake Big Typhoon|
|Memory Kit||Kingston 8GB HyperX Blu|
|Graphic Card||Asus 6950 EAH CUII/POV 8800GTS (Dead Card)|
|Power Supply||Corsair TX750|
|Primary Drive||Western Digital 300GB Velociraptor|
|Secondary Storage Drives||1x Western Digital 320GB Blue2x Western Digital 1TB Green hard drives|
However, there are certain things you need to know: I cannot install Asus 6950 CUII drive because it was too long for the case.
Securing the screws on top was a bit difficult. Dongguan could have provided a hole on the case area where you slide the case’s panel where you can insert the screw driver through it. That’s not all.
The pre-drilled hole to install the brass standoff is 3mm in diameter, however there is a hole that is 2mm larger than other hole. There is no brass standoff with 5mm thread in diameter.
I and many system builders always prefer to secure every ATX mount screw because the weight of the cooler, graphic card and other add-on cards are on the motherboard and when the case is kept upright, the system is supported by the motherboard tray. The more properly you secure the system, the better and more reliable, especially if you are spending so much. There is also 1 more hole on the case that looks more for mATX form factor. Very disappointing and strange to see such an oversight. Its a standard ATX mount hole. How can it be overlooked??
Since there isn’t a hole to reroute the 6/8 pin 12v connector, you’ll need to use the existing hole provided next to the motherboard and drag the cable all the way to the corner. However the 12v ATX/EPS plug on the motherboard is way too close to the fan, so close that you the connector cannot be inserted properly. The case manufacturer should have provided a little more space on the top.
Installing the system in this case is turning to be more annoying.
The PCIE tool-less connector is filled with cons as it not able to secure 8800GTS properly even when locked. Since there isn’t any way to reroute the USB 3.0 cable, you need to re-route the cable across the system through the Water Cooling hole grommet and connect it to the USB 3.0 port in the rear I/O panel.
Now the only cables left to re-route are PCIE power cable, USB 2.0 header cables, HD Audio and 24pin ATX connector and as no surprise, you cannot shut the right side panel without damaging the case and potentially damaging the power cable.
After 30 minutes nerve-cracking installation experience, this is the type of cable management I’ve ended up with:
Looks like the case is designed keeping generic/s power supplies in mind. No1 who builds a system with a generic power supply will spend so much money on such case. No gamer will buy such case with doesn’t even let you re-route power supplies cases properly. Ironically this case is catalogued under “Gaming Series” in Zebronics Website.