Enermax Fulmo GT ReviewBluePanda - May 6, 2012
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Closer Look (The Case):
The front of the case is somewhat plain in appearance. Black plastic and mesh composes most of the front panel; a honeycomb overlay covers the lower two-thirds, while the upper portion is filled with four mesh drive bays. The left and right edges have two plastic silver lines that make the case look a little narrower. It’s hard to see from this angle, but the top edge of the case is rounded with the mesh, while the silver plastic slats take an angled edge. There seems to be discrepancy in design and I’d really rather have one or the other – not both. A shiny metal Enermax logo is stuck to the bottom edge of the case; not too flashy and easy enough to take off for modifications.
The back of the case carries the silver stripes from the front, which go over the top, to the top edge of the back. 7 grommets holes are cut in for water tubing or other cables you may desire to route externally. You have the option to mount the PSU at the top or bottom of the case; there is also an option to run two if you so desire. Like I’ve mentioned before, there are 10 PCIe slots for mounting whatever expansion cards you can imagine. Space does not seem to be lacking here.
The sides of the case are a bit exciting. For this model, the left panel has room for mounting four fans; two of which are already included (these fans are pretty neat – look for the video ahead). The other model of the case – which also has a slightly different appearance and several different features – can mount up to nine 120 mm fans in the side panel alone; perhaps this is an opportunity for some serious internally mounted water cooling? This is awesome, in my opinion. For this model, the side panel has the two pre-mounted fans; all you need to do is plug the fans into the internal fan controller.
The back side of the case has room for a slim fan behind the motherboard tray. One does not come with the case, but at least the option is there. From this side, you can look at the bottom and see how the case most definitely has some interesting feet on it. It makes it look like the case wants to fly forward. At the least, the feet hold the chassis off the ground to allow some extra air flow. We’ll be replacing the feet later with the included wheels, though, so we can get back to hallway racing.
Looking to the top of the case, you can take a better look at the rounded and squared edges between the mesh bend and silver stripe squared edge which I spoke of earlier. It’s not terrible, but I don’t like the blend of the two here. Perhaps this is more a personal complaint, but like all case reviews, they are mostly subjective. There are four USB 3.0 ports and a single eSATA port on the left. A microphone jack and headphone jack are centered between the USB ports for quick access during gaming. A larger power button sits to the far right, with a slightly smaller, harder-to-press reset button directly to the left. HDD and power indicator lights are directly above each switch. A small fan controller knob is located further up and to the right, alongside a button to control the fan LED patterns. In the opinion, the fan speed controller knob seems to function backwards, with lowest speed being the far right, and highest being the far left – perhaps this should be switched?
There is also a little bay area that looks like a place to set your drink, though it isn’t quite for that; it has an angled approach to hold an HDD or SSD in place for some hot-swapping. It sits there nicely and allows a drive to be easily mounted. The only downside seems to be that there isn’t any dampening material around the area. If you have an old drive that makes quite a bit of noise, you will hear it resonate throughout the entire case. It isn’t the end of the world, though, since you likely won’t be using the hot-swap bay as your main drive location. I’m always in favor of some hot-swap type of bay; it makes things easy to share between machines and help you quickly troubleshoot a drive. I love it!
Another look from a different angle and you can see just how the drive sits in there. It supports about two thirds of the drive and is essentially gravity-fed into the mounting for SATA and power. Stepping back, you can really see how the large size of the case; it stands quite a bit taller than most. Adding the wheels, I think it’ll almost be just an extension of my desk – we’ll see. But overall, I’m not disappointed with the outside of the case.