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There is a 92mm fan included, with a shroud that clips straight onto the back of this SATA PCB. This is supposed to help cool the hard drives. However, there are only three three small holes in the PCB for air to travel through. The shroud itself is on the large side and is in an unfortunate position – it was not possible to fit a 7900 GTX or X1950 XT-X. Although the cards themselves just fit, there wasn't enough room to plug in the external power. The smaller 7900 GT board was however fine, and the shroud is completely removable to facilitate the larger graphics cards, but this is still an annoyance.
Above the SATA cage, is room for three 5.25in drives, and another three below. One of the drive cages has an adapter allowing for another 3.5in device to be fitted. This is useful for floppy drives, or tape drives, which wouldn't fit into the SATA cage. All of these bays are completely screwless, so fitting a drive takes a matter of seconds.
At the very rear of the case, we have a 120mm fan exhausting air from the case. This is complemented by the CPU cooler duct.
The device in the picture above has two functions. One is to clamp down on the graphics card to stop it moving around and keep vibrations to a minimum. But the other is to funnel fresh air directly to the CPU. Both sides of the duct are spring loaded – this means you'll get a better mate with the CPU cooler and there will be less chance of vibration. The whole panel is adjustable left and right by a considerable amount and the duct can be moved up and down as well. This helps line it up with your motherboard, as there is no standard position for the CPU to be. The duct is quite deep though and will certainly get in the way with more sophisticated CPU coolers.
Going along with the screwless design, putting in a new expansion card requires no tools. Instead there are plastic clips that hold the cards in place. Unlike some designs, these are all independent of each other and if one does happen to break – you can still screw them in to place.
This is a really stylish case with some real thought put in to its design. It would be well suited towards a small server or workstation user. For the kind of person that wants to build their own, the clash between ducting and graphics card power and the limited number of CPU coolers available to work with its ducting system, it starts to fall on its face. On top of this, the pricing seems a little on the high side. However, this is only an RRP and the actual street price may turn out to be a lot lower.