Raidmax Horus Reviewhornybluecow - February 11, 2014
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Raidmax Horus Closer Look:
Removing the side panels took a bit of struggle to come off, even with notches on the back that allow you to grab it firmly. Once off, you can see the resemblance on the inside to the Agusta chassis with the same tool-less bays. The bottom includes a single hard drive cage with three 3.5" bays along with three 5.25" bays on the top. The chassis itself is very compact and just large enough to house the ATX form factor. That being said, Raidmax made sure any video card currently on the market will fit with 390mm (15.3") of space. This was only possible by using the space where a second hard drive cage could have been placed.
The tool-less design Raidmax implemented here was very intuitive. While not the best I have used, when put into perspective of this chassis' price, the use of plastic is decent enough. The 5.25" bays have a simple locking system where the notch up is open and the holder can come out and down, allowing it to be locked in place. Once a bay was used, I did not have much of an issue getting it to lock and generally you have to wiggle it a little to get it to fall into place. Next is the hard drive bay, which uses a locking system based on pressure. In its hold state the bays are held by clips and pressure pushing them to the side. To remove a bay, simply grab both squares and push inwards while pulling the bay out. For installing both, simply pushing them into place and holding the clips should work and if you do not hear a clicking sound, then it is not locked into place.
Behind the motherboard tray Raidmax has left practically no space to run cables behind the tray. In fact the only reason any cables can fit around the back is because of the partly extruded side panel in which a few cables can be stored. Even when using flat power cables, I could barely get the back panel on because the space is meant more for looks rather than practical use.
With the back panel removed, you can see when the motherboard is installed the connecter was unable to fit through the designated cutout. Although using both the cutout behind the CPU socket and the designated cutout may work for flat cables, I did not try seeing as you must run the cable before installation of the motherboard as the connecter will not pass through afterwards. This is a large oversight for Raidmax and just wasn't thought out very well.
With everything installed, it puts into perspective how compact the tower really is. Installation of the components was not hard, but did require some thinking of what should be installed first. (This is due to the fact of limited hand space as the chassis fills up). My major issue, besides lack of space behind the tray, is the 8-pin cpu power cable, which I had issues getting it to run around the back again. Luckily, this chassis is much smaller and I was able to route it around the motherboard instead of over it.