Cooler Master CMedia 282 Case Reviewccokeman -
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Once open, one can see how much room there really is inside this case. In fact, one of the attributes of this case is the ability to run full size video cards, in either Crossfire for ATI cards, or SLI for the Nvidia crowd. With that kind of room to play with, installing components should be a breeze. The enclosure is designed to use either an ATX or mATX motherboard. Shipped inside the case is a box containing the hardware for this enclosure.
The front panel wiring includes a bit more wire than the every day enclosure. There are the normal connections for the LEDs, the power and reset switches, front panel USB and Firewire, as well as the front panel audio connections. You will note the 24-pin adapter harness and the black cable. These items go to the front panel LED for power and sending data to the display.
The hard drive cage allows for the installation of up to five hard drives. The hard drive cage can be lifted out after removing two retaining screws. The cage has four pins that fit into slots on the chassis to guide it into place while reinstalling it. The hard drive cage uses silicone bushings to dampen the vibration and noise created by the hard drives. The screws that hold the drives have a shoulder that fits snugly into the bushings.
The floppy drive cage is hidden in between the optical drive rack and the hard drive rack. It is held in place with one screw. Removal can be a challenge for those with big hands, but for the majority of people there is no problem. The optical drive cage features tool-less mounting of the drives. The drive cage has been designed to work in both the tower and desktop orientation with the tooless mounting hardware installed for both configurations.
Ventilation for the enclosure is provided by a series of fan openings in the case, four to be exact. The side fan, or top depending on orientation, is able to use any of the common fan sizes, from 80mm to 120mm. All of the others can use a 120mm fan to perform the cooling chores. Only one fan is included with the enclosure, so that is how we will test it when the time comes. This fan measures 120mm x 25mm.