- Packaging and Specifications
- External Impressions
- Internal Impressions Part 1
- Internal Impressions Part 2
- Installation Experience and Conclusion
On the motherboard tray, there are 3 routing holes with the hole next to the psu mounting area being slightly longer. The case comes with a single tool-less clamp (its a good quality that’s for sure) on the 5.25″ bay. Coolermaster mentions it on the specs that you can install longer card- but what Coolermaster didn’t mention was that you can do that if your motherboard has PCIe slot on the 4th slot. Usually in a motherboard with standard ATX formfactor and Multi-GPU installation option, the first slot is either PCIe x1 (or x16) and then the first PCIe x16 slot on x16 mode. The second PCIe x16 will mostly be in 4th slot, in which most boards run on x8/x16 mode.
On advertised Specs it says you can mount upto 218mm/11inch long GPU without removing the HDD bay- but I wouldn’t go anything more than 9.5″- 10″ (with PCIe power connector on the side of the card). Remember- you can buy a 140mm fan on the front and maybe a better 120mm fan for the rear- but you increase your cost.
Nothing going on at the top panel- but you will see there is no hole to route through the 4/8 pin ATX/EPS connector towards the top left corner.
Coolermaster bundles the case with the very familiar A12025-12CB-3BN-F1 sleeve bearing 3 pin fans with a 3 pin-to-Molex converter that they bundle with almost ALL Coolermaster cases with 120mm. Coolermaster officially rates these fans as”:
- Speed: 1200 RPM
- Airflow: 44.03 CFM
- Noise: 19.8 dBA
The PCI brackets need to be snapped from the case. The cards need to be secured by a screw. It not bad considering its a low cost case, atleast it doesn’t have an odd mount like how Merc has.
I couldn’t remove the front 120mm fans without removing a part of HDD bay. The square cut-out on the front frame wasn’t really big enough to remove it out. By removing the HDD bay which lets you mount 3x HDD drive, you get more space for longer cards- if you want to do it. I am not sure how many would like this trade-off. If one can afford a good mid end GPU, I am sure he wouldn’t hesitate buying a case where you will not need to do this. If you ask me, its not worth sacrificing a HDD bay that can accommodate 3 drives for longer GPUs. The lower HDD bay that is riveted on the case lets you install 2x 3.5″ HDD. Why would anyone do it? Unless you’re a lan gaming centre owner in need of a cheap case and wouldn’t really be using anything more than a single 250-500GB Drive?
Nothing really going on here- the depth is of 7″. If you look at those mounting holes now I wonder if its meant to mount a 2.5″ bay for notebook/SSD drives???