Another aspect of the hard drive trays are that the SATA data and power connectors plug into the hard drive trays, rather than the actual hard drives. The SATA power connector is daisy-chained up the array of trays, making it so the user only needs to plug in one SATA power connector at the bottom. This is a convenient feature for builders who have modular power supplies, as it decreases the number of SATA power cables one has to use. The SATA data cables plug into the back of the trays, but are not daisy-chained like the power connector is.
This approach is workable, but one complaint is that the tray’s SATA data connectors do not support the attachment clip found on most SATA cables. This means that any nudge to the cables in that area with the chassis open will almost certainly cause a hard drive to become disconnected. There is also danger of this occurring when the back panel is being put back onto the chassis. While this is by no means a fatal flaw, it would be safer and more convenient to have had the hard drive trays utilize SATA data cable retention clips.
The chassis also features a swing-out side panel.
What is ingenious about this feature is that there are no molex or fan headers required to run the fan and LEDs that are embedded into the side panel, as there is a contact point the swing-out panel touches as it closes to complete the circuit. This makes it so that as the user opens the panel, even with the computer on, that fan and set of LEDs turn off automatically.
It also has a slide out dust filter that covers the fan.
Also, once swung out to 90 degrees and beyond, the user is able to completely remove the side panel by lifting it up out of its hinges. It also features a lever to adjust the direction the fans move the air (up or down only).
It also has a lock using the same key mentioned before to prevent unauthorized entry to that part of the chassis. Keep in mind these features only exist for the primary side panel, the back panel is a standard steel panel that slides in and out, and is secured by thumbscrews.
The chassis also has rubber grommets to support water cooling and four top screws for a 240mm radiator.
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