Date: May 20th, 2004
Article by: Roger (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
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PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH & PICTORIAL
I've sat it down on the table for these pictures. Here is a front shot of it opened.
The case is held closed by two thumbscrews. It literally only takes a couple seconds to pop it open.
The hinges are glued in place using a molecular bonding agent. Basically that means it's not likely to come apart anytime soon. The beauty of this case is that it does not have a ton of screws holding it together. This bonding agent was used instead to keep the case looking sleek and sexy.
If we take a quick look at the top cover, we can see the USB/Firewire/Audio external connector in the center. The USB connectors can be hooked up directly via pin headers on the motherboard, however, the Firewwire and audio do not. Instead you have to snake the cable through one of the back brackets to connect it to the appropriate port on the motherboard's I/O panel. Sadly, ClearPC does not include a notched back bracket for this, which means you have to leave one off completely or mod it yourself.
On this cover, you can also see the six ventilation slits that reside over the CPU. These will allow a lot of heat to escape without having to worry about your system overheating in such a small enclosure.
Below the vents is a space for a 120mm fan. This will draw cool air into your case and blast it directly over your video card and PCI cards. This will not only generate a lot of cool air for the entire case, but the advantage of having it directly over the video card is that uncovered RAM chips on the card will get a constant rush of cooling air to regulate their temperature.
As mentioned above, here are the connectors that you need to pass through a back panel to attach to the back of your motherboard. Pin headers (at the very least for the Firewire) would have been better.