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Moving up the front are the indicator lights, the power button, and the preinstalled
3.5" floppy drive face. The lights are mere pinholes below the power
button, but proved to be surprisingly bright, with a blue LED for power and
red for the hard drive indicator.
At the top bay of the case is another preinstalled goodie, a stealth CD-ROM
Moving around to the rear we get the first hint that something is beyond
the norm with this case:
No the picture isn't mirrored funny. The power supply is mounted at the bottom
of the case and the motherboard is mounted on the opposite side of the case.
Essentially it flip-flops the usual arrangement.
Moving in closer for the photo below, the lower panel of the case is removable and houses two 80MM
fan mounts and the cutout for the powersupply.
Higher up the rear of the case is the standard removable I/O panel, albeit
flipped, and a 120MM fan mount. The case includes a detachable aluminum duct
that deflects the fan's exhaust downward.
Detachable aluminum duct
deflects the fan exhaust downward.
Close examination reveals that the 120mm fan is mounted on rubber
washers. The fan grill uses the same hole pattern as the rest of the perforations
on the case. While nice from a design aesthetic point of view, the resulting
grill isn't as unrestricted as it could be. It probably blocks half the airflow. If you're brave enough to take
the tin-snips to it, you could open up the airflow pretty easily.
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