One of the Nine Hundred Two’s three 5.25in drive bays is filled by a Samsung Super-WriteMaster SATA LightScribe DVD-Rewriter that matches the case’s styling nicely, and it’s worth noting that DinoPC offer an upgrade to a six-speed Blu-ray drive for only £42.20, which is cheaper than most of its rivals.
Opening the case up is easily achieved by removing two thumb-screws, revealing a spacious and neat interior. Unfortunately there are no tool-free systems in this case and the drive cages are not rotated for easier access, though at least thumb-screws are provided to secure drives.
Powering the i7-Osaurus is a 700W non-modular OCZ PSU, which with its plain matte black finish blends perfectly with the case’s interior. Despite the lack of modularity, DinoPC has used black Velcro cable-tidies to good effect and routed all spare cables out of sight under the motherboard and behind the drive cages, meaning it’s still reasonably tidy. The assembler definitely deserves credit for putting even more work into this area than we usually see.
The Asus motherboard is immediately noticeable thanks to its attractive styling. Basically, what we have here is the non-deluxe version of the award-winning Asus P7P55D Deluxe, with fewer features and a somewhat different layout but the same aesthetics and basic characteristics. Visually its blue tones clash harshly with the red shroud of the Radeon graphics card, but as the Radeon HD 5870 is pretty much the most powerful single-chip graphics card around, we won’t complain too much about such a minor consideration.
Three PCI slots should be plenty for anyone, though we’d rather have had a few more PCIe ones, especially since the 5870’s shroud obscures one of the two PCI Express x1 slots. As with every other P55-based motherboard we’ve looked at the second PCIe x16 slot only offers 8x in CrossFire or SLI, so you might want to think twice about adding a second 5870 at a later date. If you do want to go the CrossFire route with graphics this powerful, a X58 board is still the way to go – for now.
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