Date: January 19th, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Cooler Master USA
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
With the thumbscrews and side panel removed, we can see that the interior is rather conventional with the blue-gray finish of most SECC cases. There are a few convenience features and some cable management aids in here, but The Gladiator's interior is still pretty standard fare for a mid-tower case these days. One very nice feature in here is the cutout on the non-removable mobo tray to facilitate CPU cooler changes. Both included fans feature 3-pin to 4-pin Molex adapters for flexibility and fan control.
Expansion cards can be held in place by the tool free solution provided, or conventionally using screws. I've used this solution in the past and found it adequate for small, lightweight cards, but larger, heavier cards will benefit from a screw or two to keep them in place. The rear fan placement will support 80, 92 or 120mm fans and the grillework has adequate open area for quiet operation with low to medium speed fans. Construction details are about what one would expect from a mid-range chassis and the Gladiator seems quite robust and sturdy.
A side-facing HDD bay will hold up to five drives with the included snap-on drive rails, and a 120mm blue LED fan will keep them nice and cool, but likely won't do much for the graphics card area. As mentioned earlier, the lighting can be toggled on and off via a button on the front of the case.
All five big bays feature tool-free locking mechanisms for the devices. We'll go over their operation and effectiveness during installation, but they seem robust and easy to use. The accessory box contains an adapter to install a floppy drive or similarly sized device in one of these bays.