DimasTech Bench Test/Table Easy V2.5 ReviewPsywar - May 4, 2010
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Now that we have the case fully assembled, it is time to start the installation of the hardware. First up is the motherboard, which is placed directly on the stand-offs and secured in place using the included thumb screws. This was extremely easy to install with the use of the thumb screws and easy access, later substitutions will be very convenient as well. With the motherboard stand-offs holding the motherboard an inch off the base and the VGA bracket installed it is very easy to add even large dual slot graphics cards. Also, one interesting feature is that for extreme cooling you can use a layer of Neoprene on the top panel in place of the stand-offs and that the thumb-screws can still be used to secure the motherboard to it. This makes this tech station capable of not just air and water cooling, but also more extreme methods such as LN2 and dry ice.
To install the PSU, optical drives and hard drives you will need to remove the bottom panel and secure each device into the proper location on the panel using thumb-screws. The bay that houses the hard drives can hold up to four 3.5" drives in place and are situated with the drive facing toward the back of the case, this will make sure no cables are routed out the front making for a nice clean look. The ODD bay can hold up to three 5.25" drives and hold them in where the front of the drive is facing out the front of the case. Installing the power supply requires the same thumb-screws and the bracket holds the PSU on its side with the cables going into the chassis. The location of the power supply puts the power cables in good positioning to reach all the components within or on the tech station, without having to stretch them or buy cable extensions. One thing to note is that before placing the power supply onto the bracket you should first place the included foam pad. Using the pad between the PSU and bracket will reduce most of the vibration and noise created by the power supply.
After you have connected the power cables to the bays on the panel you can slide it back into the chassis and connect the bottom components to the motherboard. The 24-pin and 8-pin (if required by your motherboard) power cables run though the cable management holes closest to their destination on the top panel and into the connectors on the motherboard. From here you can add on the final components such as the graphics card or any other expansion you might use. Again, with the location of the power supply, cable length was not an issue and all cables, including dual PCI-E cables, easily extended to the area they need to reach.
The last touch I added before starting the system was attaching the flex-fan to the chassis to aid in cooling of the northbridge. This fan bracket can be placed on either side of the top panel and with its ability to bend in any direction you can place it just about any location needed for optimal cooling. Well, that's about it and the DismasTech Bench Test/Table Easy v2.5 is all set up and ready to go. Once all components were installed the case looked very sleek and with the cables being routed under the bottom panel and though the cable management holes cable cutter was not an issue.
Now that we have everything setup we can test the cooling performance of the DimasTech Easy bench table.