Date: May 4th, 2005
Article by: Josh Williams (Hardware Review)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: RAIDMAX
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PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH AND PICTORIAL
The Virgo 811W came very well packaged with plastic film covering the window. There was also tape covering corners and many other places that may have taken damage due to vibration. I was pleased to see the case's front door had been taped to prevent such damage.
In the front of the case there is a door that reveals two USB ports, an audio out jack, and a microphone jack. The small door keeps these useful ports hidden when they are not being used.
Another door houses four 5.25" drives and two 3.5" drives. We all know it can be an eye sore to have a white optical drive in a black case. It can be as equally painful to try and paint the drive to match. This door is a great solution to this problem. HIDE IT! Out of site, out of mind. With the door closed, this case really maintains its uniformity. No more optical drives sticking out like a sore thumb.
Also located behind this door are the power and reset switches.
The side window is really a very well designed window. It’s accented well with a smaller window in the bottom left and pinstripes throughout the glass. The lighted side intake fan also gives this side window some character.
One of the first things you might notice looking into this case is the large thermally controlled fan in the rear. That’s right; it’s a thermally controlled 120mm fan to help keep rid of those dead pockets of air. We can also see the 120mm fan for the PSU in this picture. It is the only fan included in the PSU but it seems to keep things well within acceptable operating temperatures.
From the rear of the case, we can see this fan has a small duct mod. I'm not sure it was entirely necessary but it does have good airflow. This small plastic fixture can make things a very tight fit, especially if you are using a big heatsink. I'll show you what I mean in a bit.