Raidmax Typhoon ReviewIndybird - April 21, 2010
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With the accessories and packaging out of the way we can take a look at the Typhoon itself. The front of the case is dominated by the large 120mm grill-covered intake complete with the name of the case. Here you'll find the four 5.25" drive bays and one external 3.5" bay. The side of the case sports a blue plastic case window and 80mm exhaust fan. This fan is Raidmax branded, runs at 12V, uses a Molex connection and has no LEDs; it doesn't move a whole lot of air, but is nearly silent . The only problem with the fan is it has a very short cable, making it hard to keep the cable out of the way. Also the fact that it is an exhaust fan above the CPU is slightly weird; most users will probably find themselves reversing it. Around the back, everything is fairly standard; PSU on top, single rear exhaust and seven expansions slots. The exhaust by default holds a single 80mm fan, but there is a strange set of fan-like mounting holes above and below the exhaust; I'm not quite sure as to the purpose of these. Also, here in the back, we see the first example of the matte-black core case paint job.
On the bottom of the case we find four plastic feet and no ventilation.The Raidmax Typhoon's front I/O consists of two USB 2.0 ports and standard audio ports. The power and reset buttons are both "stealthed" into the slotted design on the front panel. Although it looks very cool, it is harder to see the power and reset symbols on each. The power and hard drive activity lights are above the power and reset buttons, they glow green and red, respectively.
Now on to the working components.