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INTERIOR

The layout inside is fairly standard with the power supply at the bottom case opposite a side-loading hard drive cage near the front. It has five 5.25" bays (one can be converted to become an external 3.5" drive), six 3.5" bays, and one spot for a 2.5" drive. The most notable element of the case however are its cooling options. There are single 12 cm fan placements at the rear, front, and behind the motherboard tray, 2 x 12/14 cm fan mounts on top, and 6 x 12/14 cm mounts on the left side panel (an alternative to the one enormous side fan).


The Dragon Rider is a spacious tower with enough real estate to support an EATX motherboard and extra clearance between the motherboard edges and ceiling/floor. The bulk of the cables/connectors reside at the top of the case including the blue USB 3.0 cables that have to be routed to the back of the case through the interior.


Three of the included fans are 12 cm 3-pin models with UV-reactive green blades. Fans at the top and rear mount using standard fan screws.



The power supply sits on a series of rubber knobs and is separated from the vent on the floor by a rectangular fine mesh filter. Plastic locking mechanisms are utilized for the expansion cards. They're not quite as secure as metal ones, but they do the job just fine.



The top 5.25" bay is occupied by an external 3.5" drive adapter while the bottom one is fitted with a removable caddy holding the drive rails necessary installing both optical and hard drives. Below that is a plastic frame for a single 2.5" drive.



The front bezel comes off by tugging at the bottom, which disengages the first of many plastic tabs holding it to the chassis. This gives you access to the optical drive bays and the front fan. A white box covers the power LED to diffuse the light given off.



The motherboard tray is unusual as it extends across the entire case at the back. Typically it stops short of the drive bays giving you more space to hide cables and such. There are also only a few holes designed for slipping in zip-ties, etc. Clearance behind the tray is just 11~13 mm, but much of the right side panel bulges out by 14 mm, so there shouldn't be any problems closing the panel with a bunch of cables at the back.



The side vent has several holes to accommodate rubber grommets for fan mounting. Larger ones are used to position the 22 cm fan at the center. The fan is 3 cm thick, not including the clearance between it and the grill, so it could interfere with large tower heatsinks.


The case has been designed to allow clearance between the fans and grills, which is important for reducing noise, particularly from intake fans. The 22 cm is spaced 7 mm away from the surface of the large side panel vent. Without this gap, the intake side of the fan would be restricted, and increase turbulence and noise.



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