Raidmax Typhoon ReviewIndybird - April 21, 2010
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Opening up the case, you'll see the Typhoon uses a very simple standard layout; PSU on top, hard drives in the front and a standard motherboard tray. Though there are no cable management features and there is a decent amount of room to work with, so keeping cables out of the way shouldn't be a problem. The back is also very simple.
To remove the front panel, you remove six screws. Interestingly, the drive covers are not of the break-off type, but instead screw on and are replaceable. It's an interesting touch, but I'm not sure how much a system builder would appreciate it. The front panel itself is made of plastic that does not feel cheap at all. The 120mm fan is Raidmax branded, runs at 12V, uses a Molex connection and has blue LEDs, and it moves a decent amount of air while staying very quiet. The fan also has a square dust filter, which is good because it acts as the main intake for the case. As far as the front panel cables go, they are a decent length - not too long and not too short. The power LED pins are split to accommodate all motherboards.
All of the drives are held in by special tool-less clips. The clips themselves work pretty well, but there is nothing holding the drives in place on the opposite side.
The back of the case is home to the 80mm exhaust and the standard seven expansion slots. The 80mm exhaust fan is Raidmax branded, runs at 12V, uses a Molex connection and has no LEDs. While it doesn't move a lot of air, it's not very loud. The expansion slots have break-away covers and are not bent or twisted in any way.
Here is the case inside and out with the test system installed.
During assembly I ran into only one problem and that was with the hard drive mounting. The tool-less clip works flawlessly but there is nothing holding the hard drive in place on the left side, leaving it completely free to move. I then noticed two possible problems that system builders might encounter. The first is, that once installed, the hard drives hang about half an inch over the motherboard. This could cause interference with SATA ports, and longer graphics cards. The second 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.