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Raidmax Hurricane Review

Indybird    -   March 31, 2010
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Closer Look:

Removing the side panel reveals a simple, and perhaps outdated interior layout; the hard drive bays face front-back, and the motherboard tray (which is exactly ATX width) is directly next to the drive cage. Although there are no cable management features, but there is room behind the hard drive racks to store extra cable. Around the back, everything is once again kept simple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The front panel is held on by six screws and its removal reveals the break-off temporary drive covers. The 80mm intake fan is Raidmax branded, runs at 12V, uses a Molex connection and has blue LEDs; it moves a decent amount of air while staying fairly quiet. Also, the intake has 120mm fan mounts, giving you the option to upgrade later. The front panel itself is made of plastic, but doesn't have a cheap feel to it. Raidmax included an air filter which is a welcome feature, but it is not a standard shape so it will be hard to replace. The front panel cables are just the right length; they can reach pins placed anywhere on the motherboard but aren't so long they are unmanageable. Also I like to note when case manufacturers split the power LED pins, as not all motherboards use the same size connector. It's a small thing, but it makes all the difference in a system build.

 

 

Moving over to the 5.25" rack, drives are mounted via plain screws. The external 3.5" drive and hard drives are also mounted in the same manner. Over on the back we can see the seven expansion slots - nothing special here, just more temporary break-off covers. Raidmax has squeezed in a 12V 120mm fan for exhaust, which is very quiet but at the same time doesn't move a whole lot of air.

 

 

Here is the case inside and out with the test system installed, minus the test video card. Unfortunately, I ran into a couple hitches during the system assembly. The first was that Raidmax only included six M3 stand-offs with this particular case, while you need at least eight to properly mount a full-ATX motherboard. Luckily I had extra stand-offs, so the build continued. The second came after installing the PSU and first hard drive; there were only four 6x32 screws left, which means only one more hard drive could be installed. I encountered the final hitch when it came time to install the graphics card. In this case, our test system 10.5-inch Palit GTX 260 did not fit. As you can see, the hard drive rack obstructs the installation. After measuring, the case can fit up to 10" cards. Aside from the three problems encountered with this particular build, I observed two other possible issues. The first is, once installed, the hard drives hang about 1.5 inches over the motherboard. This could cause interference with SATA ports, memory, graphics cards and other expansion cards.

 

 

The second issue is that the CPU cooler (in this case an Arctic Cooling Freezer64) came very close to hitting the side intake fan. After measurement, coolers taller than 5" will hit the fan, while removing the intake fan would allow for up to 6" tall coolers.

  


 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Case)
  3. Closer Look (Working Components)
  4. Specifications and Features
  5. Testing
  6. Conclusion
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