Raidmax Skyline Reviewairman - December 31, 2009
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In my opinion, the Raidmax Skyline somewhat reminds me of an earlier generation Alienware case, with curvy styling and integrated vents in several different places, and a two-tone silver and black theme. The front of the case is mostly silver, accented with glossy black plastic around the five external drive bays. A ridged vent is along the bottom, which is a component of the front intake system. A thin, black, vertical line runs between the bottom of the drive bays and the bottom vent and glows blue if power is hooked to it, which gives the user the option to have it on or not. The right side of the case features a window, including an 80mm blue-LED fan in the upper-left hand side. I was a little surprised that only an 80mm fan was used in this case, as I haven't seen any 80mm fans in any recent cases. On the rear of the case, the seven expansion slots can be seen with the tool-less hardware to go with them, as well as the cooling perforations adjacent to the slots. A 120mm exhaust fan is included at the top end of the back. The PSU bracket is housed at the bottom of the case, which seems to be becoming standard these days. Occasionally a case will have a second set of holes on the PSU bracket that allows the power supply to be installed upside-down as well, depending on user preference. A motherboard bracket is included with the case, but I don't understand why. The bracket still has punchouts for two serial ports, one parallel port and an old-school game (joystick/midi) port - it's only going to get thrown away. The right side of the case gives a nice image of the case's paint job, which has a semi-gloss, durable finish that does a good job at resisting fingerprints. Another intake vent can be seen on the side of the front bezel.
The top of the case allows for two 120mm fans, with both included and positioned as exhaust. The ridges continue from the rear and almost to the very front, stopping shy of the front I/O panel. The bottom of the case is relatively plain, with no vents along the bottom or anything else of that nature. The case does have four plastic feet that raise it slightly off the floor, which can help with passive cooling and general airflow around the case.
The top of the case is where the I/O ports and power/reset buttons are located. A green and a red light lie between the power and reset buttons. The green light shows power, and the red shows hard drive activity. Two USB ports can be found on the I/O panel, as well as audio output and a microphone input between those USB ports. Two torx screws hold a small plastic plate on, which attaches to the top of the case and the front bezel. If the user wants to remove the front bezel, these screws must be removed. A small hex wrench was able to remove these as an alternative, but can easily strip them. It isn't required to remove the front bezel in order to remove the drive bay covers, as they can be pushed out from the inside. This however, requires bending of the drive bay covers and in some cases a little contorting to get it done. The only connection between the case and the front bezel is the power cable for the small blue light towards the bottom. After removing the two screws at the top and removing the small plastic plate, the front bezel can then be popped out by pinching the six expansion tabs and pulling the bezel off.
Now that I've looked at the outside of the case, as usual I will take it to the next step and evaluate the inside of the case and the working components included.