Date: June 18th, 2007
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Antec
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
After removing the single long screw from the bottom, the top panel slides back and up, revealing the interior of the MX-1. The blower-style fan and duct are visible here, as well as the silicone gasket that cushions and quiets the HDD. Removing a screw on each side of the drive/fan mounting plate allows it to be removed from the enclosure.
Here we can see the SATA data and power connectors attached to the circuit bord that also holds the rear connectors. Now it’s a simple matter to place the drive onto the silicone gasket and slide the connections together. Then,…
… one flips the plate over and secures the drive with the special screws. Take it easy with the screwdriver here, the screws need not be too tight as this will overly compress the gasket and keep it from doing its job.
As you can see, I’m using a 150GB Western Digital Raptor drive for this review. A mite shy on capacity for this application, I chose it because it’s fairly noisy and, rotating at 10,000 RPM, it generates more heat than its lower speed brethren. It should prove to be a worthy adversary for the MX-1. At any rate, with the drive on the mounting plate, it can be returned to the casing and secured with the two screws we removed earlier. Don’t forget to re-attach the LED wire (if you removed it.) Then, the top can be replaced and secured with the locking screw. This is an easy and straightforward installation and the user’s guide is sufficient for most any user to achieve a successful install.