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Raidmax Scorpio V: Closer Look

Removing the side panels just requires two thumb screws to be removed before the panel comes off. Once the panel comes off, you can see the white interior from the window, while the black plastic was hidden from view before. Inside the chassis, you can see Raidmax chose the simple interior design by just stacking everything on top of each other. There is no removable hard drive bays that I've come to hope for in every chassis. Above the hard drive trays are three exposed 5.25" bays using a tool-less design to lock hardware into place.

The chassis itself is slightly larger than the norm for a mid-tower, allowing just enough space for a 175mm cooler to clear. Even with the lack of removable hard drive cages, installation of up to 330mm video cards is possible, which covers nearly all video cards currently on the market. You still may want to check if the card is over 280mm (11") as not all cards have the power connectors on the side of the cards.

 

In the middle between the chassis I/O ports is a hot-swap bay designed for 2.5" drives. Usually I try to show an SSD as it's more commonly used than a laptop hard drive, but alas it was just more convenient to grab the closet thing to me. Anyways, while it's designed around 2.5" drives, a traditional 3.5" drive will fit and works perfectly fine, thanks to the extra space

 

 

The tool-less design Raidmax implemented here is simple but effective. The design is similar across many chassis and if you have read any of my past reviews, this will look very similar to other Raidmax chassis. The 5.25" bays have a simple locking system where the notch to the left is open and the pushing to the right allows it to be locked in place. Next is the hard drive bays. The trays are made of hard plastic and built with a standard tool-less design. To install a tray, you push both sides together and pull. In doing so, the plastic bay slides right out, while installing is simply doing it in reverse. The trays themselves support 2.5" drives also, but they require it to be screwed into place.

 

 

The Scorpio isn't all great, as I usually find something wrong with each chassis I review. This time around is the USB 3.0 cable, but not the normal problem I've encountered before with the connector. This one involves the cable just barely clearing the top 5.25" bay. At first I couldn't get the drive into the bay at all as it hit the cable lead attached to the PCB board in the top panel. After investigating and bending the leads the best I could, it finally slid into place. I believe everyone is going to have a similar problem as it's a design issue in the way the USB 3.0 port is placed. Raidmax's only real solution is to have the top panel raised slightly to avoid the cable hitting the drive. The cable itself is too thick / bulky to run down the back with the rest of the connectors, so the only solution is to have it come out the middle and down the front rather than behind the motherboard tray.

 

Raidmax has provided a blue LED fan to light up the front along with other sections. The top is powered by its own 4-pin Molex connector while the fan is connected to one of the fan controllers. This choice leaves some things to be desired, like moving away from these dated connectors. The fan lights dim when it's set on low speed, as its power is also controlled by the light brightness. The ability to turn off the lights is not an option besides the fan itself.

 

It's assembled! With everything installed there is still space left over to help avoid a cramped look inside. I had some minor issues installing the components and mainly it was the USB 3.0 cable hitting the optical drive. Once that was solved my only other problem was dealing with cables again. I've been living in luxury with the past few chassis having power supply covers hiding all the wires. Reverting back to the standard design takes a bit to get to use to when the other is so much better.

I did have a minor problem getting the 8-Pin EPS cable through the tray. After a lot of wiggling and pushing, it did go through. I noticed other people having similar problems as the space is very small and just large enough with some squeezing. To wrap up this ramble with something real, I wish the window was a bit larger vertically so show a CPU cooler in its full glory. If someone is peaking into the chassis, it's partly being curious, but also the wow factor of the light up components inside.

 




  1. Raidmax Scorpio V: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Raidmax Scorpio V: The Case
  3. Raidmax Scorpio V: Working Components
  4. Raidmax Scorpio V: Specifications & Features
  5. Raidmax Scorpio V: Testing: Setup & Results
  6. Raidmax Scorpio V: Conclusion
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