Raidmax Viper: A Modern Budget Tower

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Assembling a system in the Viper is a straightforward affair. Our test system consists of an Asus 790GX motherboard, a ZEROtherm FZ120 heatsink with a Nexus 120 mm fan, a WD Caviar hard drive and a Cooler Master 700W modular power supply.

The Viper has a very simple drive locking system common to many budget cases. The mechanism has two pegs which go into the drive's mounting holes and a block at the center that goes into a hole on the drive cage. The block is then rotated, locking the drive against the cage, immobilizing it.

There is still some wiggle room however as the opposite side isn't locked down so screws are required to truly have it secured. There are holes for the locking mechanism on this side, but there's also a ridge at the center that creates too much separation, giving the pegs only a tentative hold of the drive. Oddly enough this issue doesn't exist for the 5.25" bays.

Our HD 4870 test system, fully installed. There was 5.5 cm of space to the right of the graphics card, making the total clearance about 29.6 cm (11.65 inches). There was a 4 mm gap above our FZ120 CPU cooler, making heatsink clearance only 16.0 cm (6.3 inches).

As the case lacks dedicated holes for the 4-pin AUX12V and/or 8-pin EPS12V connectors, we had to string our 4-pin cable through the side and it just barely made it.

The clearance behind the motherboard tray was atrocious, only 4~5 mm. Luckily we didn't have too many cables overlapping and the side panel just barely fit.

With both LED fans going, the orange trim looks out of place. The case is also available in red on white and black on red flavors, but neither color scheme really works for us.

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