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INSIDE THE LC-11
Air is designed to enter from the lower
front of the bezel, pulled in by an 80mm fan.
It then flows toward the motherboard. There are two exhaust fans:
A side mounted, 80mm
fan that draws some air over the CPU, NB and memory section of the board before blowing it out.
The 240W PSU uses an 80mm x 15mm fan to pull
the case air into it, then blows it out through
the rear panel PSU grill.
The rather large screen on the bottom of the case is designed
as an air intake for the CPU fan. This allows cool outside air to be used
to directly cool the CPU, as long as the heatsink fan is oriented to blow
air down onto the CPU itself.
Interior view. Note front intake fan, exhaust fan on side and small PSU.
Removable 3.5" drive cage has room for two standard HDDs....
...but a single suspended 2.5" Samsung notebook
drive was used instead.
The case includes space for mounting up to three 3.5" HDDs. Two spaces
are supplied by the easily removable drive cage located at the left front of
the chassis, the other is underneath the 5.25" optical drive cage at the
right front of the chassis. For this review, I opted to use the space provided
by the 3.5" cage to mount a super-quiet 2.5" 40GB Samsung notebook
drive, using a suspension made from 1.8mm Stretch-Magic. This setup allows the
drive to run virtually silent. If more storage space is needed, it can be provided
by external network storage, thus keeping the basic system itself as quiet as possible.
Front intake fan. Fan is tailed with 4-pin Molex connector.
The stock front intake fan is an 80mm Everflow/Silverstone branded fan.
It pulls outside air in through a small set of nine intake vents on the base
of the front bezel, and then through the steel front chassis grill. The fan
comes tailed with a 4-pin Molex connector and pass-through connector, and has no rpm monitoring ability. Oddly, the side fan, which is labelled identically, has a single 3-pin connector with RPM sensing.
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