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Antec has improved cable management by moving the access port between
the two chambers to the side, out of the way of tall heatsinks. The PSU output cables are longer and there are more of them than before. Two locking
straps to help route the cables down into the main chamber.
Cables now leave the top chamber along the side of the chamber.
A sliding plastic cover helps maintain the seal between the two chambers.
A secondary port just below the power supply is ideally suited for running
an IDE cable or two for the drives in the top chamber. A handsome rubber plug
is included to block the port when it is not in use.
A secondary port just in front of the PSU is ideally suited for flat IDE
A major criticism we had of the NSK-3300 was the limited number of short power
cables. This problem has now been fixed, but Antec may have gone a bit too far
in doing so; there are now so many cables that it is difficult to find space
for all the spares. The logical place to leave them is in the top chamber, but
there are so many that they block the front intake almost completely if there
is an optical drive installed. With a hard drive in place at the same time,
the cables would need to be routed out of the top chamber to prevent the power
supply from overheating.
In the main chamber, there are more options. If there are only one or two spare
cables, the locking strap on the plastic port cover might hold them, but there
is not enough clearance under the side panel for a lot. Our favorite solution
is shown in the photo below: The floppy bay is an ideal place to stuff spare
We put the unused output power cables in the floppy bay.
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