Raidmax Wind Storm ReviewRHKCommander959 - January 5, 2009
Now with the case exposed, let's take a look. The front panel features five 5.25” drive bays with mesh panels, one of which also has a 5.25” to 3.5” converter for floppy drives – a very nice feature to find. The front panel lies under the drive bays and has two USB, an eSATA, and an audio in/out for a headphone and microphone. Beneath these is the 120mm blue-LED front fan with mesh cover. The side panel features the other two blue-LED 120mm fans, and an acrylic window which is protected inside and out by two sheets of plastic, serving to protect the panel from incurring scratches during hardware installation. The acrylic is held in place by various bolts dotted along the side panel.
The opposite side panel features two areas with hexagonal mesh patterns, the smaller is for venting out the rear of the motherboard (an 80mm [10mm deep] fan may be installed here), and the larger is a passive vent for the hard drive array. The rear of the chassis features a 120mm black case fan and two grommets for water-cooling externally, also an additional vent near the expansion slots. There are also two punch-outs for an HDMI and VGA output between the rear fan and vent.
The top panel features the remaining two 120mm black case fans with rounded mesh, and power switch and LED, activity LED, and reset switch. The top of the drive bays are perforated to help venting.
The bottom of the case features three very sturdy feeling plastic feet, the front is a single large foot with two rubber strips for traction, and the rear has two feet which also gain some traction with their unique design. The bottom has two vents, one for the power supply and one which can hold a 120mm /140mm fan, or also possibly a radiator.
Overall this case seems to be very feature rich, and looks like it should do a good job at cooling any system installed within.
But let's take a look inside first.