Even though the majority of the chassis is a ‘tool-less’ design, getting access to the insides requires four screws to be removed – seen above. Two on each side panel.
When the side panel is opened we are presented with a spaceous mid tower design painted all black. The finish is actually without fault. No silver spots are apparent and the level of consistency is high.
There are holes cut for cable routing and a handy area for access to the rear motherboard backplate.
The 5.25″ drive bays feature an automatic locking mechanism which is a treat to use. The drives can be unlocked by pulling one side while pushing the drive through the front of the chassis. The 3.5″ bays feature a sliding locking system for securing drives. The four hard drive bays also feature vibration dampening mounts which is fantastic to see in a budget chassis.
Fitting a hard drive is a straightforward procedure and we fitted an Intel SSD as above in a manner of minutes.
At the bottom of the case are two filtered positions for the PSU and fans can be fitted here if desired.
The only fan supplied is a 120mm unit which is mounted at the CPU area on the rear of the case. It is a ‘Martech” model and while budget, is surprisingly quiet while pushing a considerable amount of air outside the chassis. Martech are also known as XinChangfeng Electronics and while there is no information on this particular unit we noticed the same model was used in the Raven case.
Taking an educated guess I assume this is a Rifle bearing fan as it displays no shaft or off axis blade slop which is consistent with rifle bearing units. At full speed it does produce a slight ticking sound but during real world use it never approached 75% never mind 100%. It is rated at 50,000 hour life expectancy.
An overview from the underside. It is a rather attractive case and while there are key areas I would like to see improved I found it hard to believe they are managing to sell this for £40 in the UK.
We fitted a Thermaltake 675w PSU into the bottom of the case with no problems at all. A nice clean fit mounted at the rear with four screws.
For this system build we used our ‘old faithful’ AMD build which consists of an AMD 955 Black Edition CPU, MSI 890GXM-G65 Motherboard, Sapphire HD5670 Ultimate Edition, 4GB of Kingston 1600mhz DDR3 (8GB review here) and a Thermaltake Contac 29 cooler. This is a very affordable, but high performing set of components that make a great partner for this chassis.
This is the other side of the chassis showing possible routing locations as well as the cut out area to get access to the rear motherboard backplate.
It is worth pointing out that some caution needs to be taken before fitting some of the longer coolers. The picture above shows the Thermaltake Contact 29 installed – it just fits into the chassis.