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Date: April 24th, 2007
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Gigabyte
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH



With the included extra projector panel, a transparency sheet, a laser printer (or copier) and the templates from Gigabyte's website (see them Here ) you can make you own logo. Detailed instructions are included in the manual.



With the side panel removed, we get a look at the interior. The front of the case is dominated by the drive cages. The five 5.25 bays and two 3.5 bays have tool-free mechanisms to secure the installed devices. Five HDDs can be installed in the lower, out-facing bay, but the black plastic storage compartment effectively precludes the use of all but one slot, if one wants to have ready access to its contents. This compartment also blocks airflow from the front intake fan just to the right of its location. Personally, I feel that the somewhat handy storage capability of this feature is severely compromised by the reduced drive capacity and airflow restriction resulting from its use. Fortunately, only two screws secure the compartment and it's easily removed. Note the cable management clips installed in the case. This is a nice feature and there are a couple of extras in the hardware bag for good measure.



Here's a closer shot of the tool-free drive mechanisms. Though the activators are plastic, spring loaded steel pins actually secure the drives. The arrows indicate screws that can be removed, along with another one at the rear, allowing the stiffening brace bar to be taken out of the way when installing some of the longer PSUs on the market today. This is yet another nice detail that will make installation more pleasant. Kudos!



Moving to the rear, we see a fairly typical layout, but Gigabyte's attention to detail continues.



Not content to just leave the fantails hanging below the fans, Gigabyte has added a Y-connector and a sleeved cable and routed it along the rear brace. This keeps things tidy and allows the power connection to be made near the front of the chassis.



The expansion slots have replaceable covers and a tool-free retention mechanism. Lifting the black handle allows the gate to swing out for access to the slots. I've seen this solution on other cases and it works just fine, but I don't much care for the fact that it's riveted to the backplane making removal difficult, should the user wish to use conventional screws. A corner brace adds to the overall sturdiness of the chassis and two large rubber grommets provide tubing pass-through for liquid cooling applications. This sure beats drilling holes in a case full of expensive hardware and trying to find the right grommets.

 

 


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