Date: June 28th, 2007
Article by: Karl Van der Walt(Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Nexus
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
Now for the juicy stuff, how it all goes together. For this review I’ll be using the following hardware:
– Intel Pentium 805D (overclocked to 3.3ghz)
– ASUS P5N-E SLI
– 1gb generic DDR533 DDR2 RAM
- 256mb ASUS EN8600GT
- 200gb SATA Seagate Barracuda
- 60gb IDE Maxtor
- Aopen +/- DVD/RW
- Nexus 8060 silent modular 600w (listed as suitable for this case)
I actually chose this configuration, after seeing the product page, specifically to test how well this case handles larger hardware. Nexus insinuates that this case is able to accommodate almost any hardware configuration due to its “carefully thought thru” layout (Nexus spelling, not mine :P ).
As you can see, my huge P5N-E SLI motherboard barely fits on the tray, but it does fit. Most SLI motherboards are this size and a fair number of non SLI boards too so its just as well it fit.
The cables are all long enough so the connections can be comfortably made outside of the case for ease of installation. USB, Firewire, front panel audio, power and hdd LEDs, power and reset switch cables are all pretty much standard fair so I have omitted a picture of them. They are all clearly labeled and fairly idiot proof to install.
And now the problems start. As you can see the last PCI slot and a good portion of the motherboard connectors are completely covered by the PSU. You will also notice the second PCIE x8 slot is perilously close to the PSU mounting position. You can clearly see in the second image that my one and a half slot cooler will not fit. With the card lined up to the slot at the bottom I can’t straighten the card more than this before the cooler touches the PSU. This will mean that the Morpho can only accommodate single slot coolers if you plan on using it in an SLI configuration. Even then I wouldn’t recommend you do so seeing as the second GFX card will block airflow to the PSU (unless you have a PSU with a rear mounted fan in which case your GFX card cooler will not be getting enough airflow because the PSU will be blocking it). All in all this is NOT the right choice of case if you plan on building an SLI system. Nexus do not claim it as an SLI ready case but having a picture of the case touting two Geforce 7800GTS cards in SLI on the product page will give people the wrong idea. Another thing that annoyed me is the fact that I can’t use either of the two standard PCI slots. I have a few cards I would have liked to install in this setup but I am stuck with onboard sound and only one onboard LAN. Something you should think about if you plan on using this case: be sure to check if your addon cards will fit, they certainly will not using an SLI motherboard.
Well, after that little rant the case went together fairly easily, though it took a while to route all the cables. Patience is definitely needed building this case. I am not happy that the PSU is pushing on the cables connected to the top of the motherboard; this can cause the PCB to bend and potentially damage the motherboard. I definitely advise against using a large footprint motherboard in this case. The wiring is not perfect but the motherboard is relatively clear and airflow should not be an issue. I opted not to use the removable HDD drive bay in favor of the extra airflow its absence produces. I quite like this feature. The included extra PSU bracket was not really needed with the Nexus 8060 though you can still use it if you want a bit more room in the case to make connections. Another note for those of you who didn’t notice is that the motherboard is mounted inverted and on the opposite side of the case in the Morpho. Unlike most inverted cases the Morpho has the PSU mounted at the top of the case where most others have it at the bottom. This is a configuration that I think is pretty clever, as the PSU extractor fan will suck the hot air out of the top of the case. Most inverted cases have heat issues because of the PSU being at the bottom of the case.