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Raidmax Skyline Review

airman    -   December 31, 2009
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Closer Look

 

Removing the side panel reveals the inside of the case, displaying the motherboard tray, the included 120mm exhaust fans, the front 120mm intake fan, tool-less drive bays and PCI slots, and the hard drive cage. The opposite side of the case shows the backside of the tray and the power connectors for the front intake fan and front LED. The tool-less expansion slot mechanisms are pictured below. As I have complained in the past, these kinds of mechanisms are flimsy and are incompatible with any recent video cards that have integrated coolers. I remove them every time and always revert to using a screw instead. The upper end of the rear of the case seems as if it is stock full of 120mm fans, and gives me a good feeling that this case should have decent airflow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A nice thing about this case is the hard drive cage that swings out for easier access to the drives themselves. Some folks like to turn the drives around backwards so that wires can be hidden. It is possible with this case, but the drives will not lock in place and right-angle connectors may be required as the front intake fan may be in the way. Aside from the standard LED and power/reset button headers, there are three other connectors - USB, audio, and HD audio.

 

 

 

As mentioned earlier, the included fans are three 120mm (top and rear exhaust, front intake) and one 80mm blue-LED side intake fan. They do not have any clear specifications as far as amperage and RPM, but they do take a 12v supply as determined by the 4-pin Molex connectors that they all use - they do not have 3-pin adapters supplied with them. For those concerned about noise, the fans do operate quietly, but I cannot find any information about them on the Raidmax site - it was a little hard to navigate and the Skyline page seems incomplete.

 

 

The components fit well in the case with no restrictions. There was no issue with wire management, as there was a sufficient amount of room behind the hard drive cage. So far this case looks promising, and I'm glad I get to test the case under real world conditions. The next page will discuss the physical specifications of the case as provided by the manufacturer, as well as the case's features.




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