Puget Systems Test Bench EATX V1 DIY Kit

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Puget Systems Test Bench Kit Overview

May 13, 2014 by Lawrence Lee

Product
Puget Systems Test Bench EATX V1 DIY Kit
Manufacturer
Retail Price
US$174.80

Assembling, testing, and tweaking PC hardware can be a fulfilling experience or a lesson in frustration depending on how things go. Regardless of the outcome, we can agree that anything to make the process more convenient is a welcome addition, whether you're a home hobbyist, a hardware reviewer, or a professional system integrator. Enter the test bench, essentially an open air case, that allows one to fully assemble a system while being able to easily access each and every component. It's great for quickly checking compatibility, investigating potential hardware defects, and benchmarking.


A classic SPCR test bench.

At our labs we use several rudimentary wooden platforms, essentially two boards, one for the motherboard and one for the power supply, held together with four pillars, all screwed together. Foam is used to mitigate hard drive vibration and to dampen the motherboard in case the CPU fan rocks it. Nothing is tied down in case components need to be switched though it does mean we have to be extra careful when carrying it from location to location. Once in awhile we forget to unplug a cable and try to move it, usually without any damage aside from personal embarrassment. It's not the most elegant solution but it is cost effective. Some manufacturers sell metal test benches that perform a similar function with better component security but really the only big name that has dabbled in this niche is Antec with its Skeleton series.

Specifications: Puget Systems Test Bench EATX V1 DIY Kit
(from the product web page)
Model Puget Systems TestBench_EATXV1
Maximum Motherboard Size EATX
Dimensions Height 370 mm (14.6 inches)
Width 387.4 mm (15.3 inches)
Depth 360 mm (14.2 inches)
Drive Bays External 5.25 Inch 1
Internal 2.5 inch 2
Cooling System Cooling Method Air
Additional Fans Possible 120mm

Puget Systems, the renowned pre-built and custom PC seller, perhaps best known for their SPCR Certified Quiet/Silent Serenity series, has a wealth of experience in the field. Claiming to be dissatisfied with the test benches currently available on the market, they've produced one of their own design. The Test Bench EATX V1 DIY Kit is not simply a utilitarian tool however, but a high-end US$175 test platform constructed of acrylic panels. Its transparent composition lets in and refracts light, giving it a happier disposition than the average cold sterile metal bench.

It is rather large thanks to a 120 mm rear fan mount and EATX motherboard support stretching its dimensions to an almost cubic 37.0 x 38.7 x 36.0 cm (H x W x D). If it were enclosed, its total volume would be 51.1 Liters, equivalent to a smallish ATX tower. Despite its large proportions, official support is limited to only 1 x 5.25 inch and 2 x 2.5 inch drives.


Unboxed.


Platform components.


Assembly hardware.

As the kit comes unassembled, it ships in a plain, thin, rectangular box, a smaller version of something one would pick up at Ikea. The acrylic panels are wrapped tightly in white foam sheets to prevent them from being scratched during transport. The rest of the components include all the nuts and bolts required for assembly, the standoffs and screws for mounting PC components, a large I/O shield, a set of round rubber feet, a power switch, power and hard drive activity LEDs, an internal PC speaker, and a large foam dampening mat.



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