Enermax Ostrog GT Reviewred454 - May 7, 2013
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Enermax Ostrog GT Closer Look:
Inside the case we have two hard drive cages that each hold four drives. The top cage is easily removable (for long GPU clearance) without using any tools. The bottom cage is riveted in place. Both cages have mounting holes for 120mm fans on two sides, so you could have 4 fans cooling your hard drives. Two of them would be on the left side blowing air at your GPU and PSU, while the other two mount on the rear of the cage and would push air into the 32mm deep side panel which will help cool the back side of the motherboard. Above the HDD cages are 3 bays for optical drives, and Enermax uses its patented SlideIn ODD design for easy optical drive installation. The optical drive certainly slides right in, locks into position, and is easily unlocked for quick removal.
There is a larger opening in the motherboard tray to allow access for the easy installation of CPU cooler mounting hardware.
Sandwiched in between the PSU and the lower HDD cage is the cage for two SSDs. It is secured to the bottom of the case with four thumbs screws. There are three possible locations for this cage: in the stock location (on the floor between the PSU and lower HDD cage), on top of the lower HDD cage (which requires the top HDD cage to be removed) or on the floor of the top HDD cage. Mounting your hard drives in the cages is fairly simple, although the included side guide hardware seems a little flimsy. After I attached the plastic side guides, I attempted to slide the drive into each of the six slots. Some slots were tight, others not so much. However, I suppose once I put a drive in, it typically stays there for a long time. I think that one-piece hard drive trays would be a better choice.
The entire front fascia panel detaches for easy cleaning. Exposed are the pair of 140mm LED air intake fans the help provide the airflow through the Ostrog GT. For this case, they light up in red to accent the front grill. The LED fans feature an LED on/off feature so you can control when the fans are lit.
The accessory bundle is held inside a box containing miscellaneous hardware including a few zip ties for wire management, a bag of screws and standoffs, a couple of fan/Molex connectors, a motherboard speaker, and a couple of Enermax logo Velcro cable binders. It also includes a total of 16 disk drive guides, enough to mount 8 hard drives.
The ASUS Maximus V Formula motherboard is considered an extended ATX, which means it is about ½” wider than a standard ATX. How much trouble can ½” cause? Well, we are about to find out. Where this will present a problem is usually where the SATA cables plug into the motherboard. If your SATA ports are perpendicular to the board surface, this will be no problem, but the ports on the Formula are on the side, which required the upper hard drive cage to be removed. I could have stuffed the cage in there, but it would push on the cables and put stress on the ports, which is always a bad idea. That half inch caused one more problem, well, inconvenience. There are two nice rectangular cable access slots on the right side of the motherboard tray. The 24 pin power cable fits nicely though either of the slots, but the extra overhang of the extended ATX partially covers those access holes. Fortunately, this is remedied by the removal of the upper hard drive cage, which leaves plenty of room for the 24 pin power cable. This is something to think about if you are considering an extended ATX board. With the top hard drive cage removed, installing the motherboard was easy.
While Enermax states that the case supports radiators up to 280mm, I couldn’t get the H100 to fit properly. There is indeed room for the radiator, but one of the fans (in a push configuration) interfered with the onboard mPCIe Combo card and the 4 pin and 8 pin power plugs at the top of the board. I had to offset one fan slightly to clear the power plugs. One of the smaller Corsair water cooling solutions would certainly be fine in this case as would any air cooling solution. The CPU power sockets (4 pin and 8 pin) are at the very top of my motherboard. I like to run as many cables behind the motherboard tray as I can to keep the clutter out of the action. Usually you can snake these additional cables behind the board and up to the top, but I decided to mount the PSU with the intake fan up (pulling from inside the case), which made the cables just a little short and stretched a little tighter than I like, so I ran them out in front, which adds to the visual clutter.
After a build, I will usually change the cable routing a few times, experimenting with different routings, so I am sure in a few weeks I will make some adjustments.