Tagan A+ Curbic ReviewRHKCommander959 - November 24, 2008
Once inside, the first things I noticed were the tool-less drive bays, hardware, and a few small scratches on the motherboard tray. The tool-less mechanisms are simple enough – twist and it comes out, twist and it locks back in - cheap but effective. There are two for each bay, and there are three different sizes: small (floppy, only one set), medium (hard drives / etc in the rest of the 3.5” bays), and large for the 5.25” drive bays. There are two locations for the large bays, but they are spaced far apart – so users may need to use the included screws to hold their drives in place instead, in the event that the drive doesn’t fit perfectly.
The audio cable is double-headed to be compatible with motherboards that support either high definition audio or AC’97, also included is an unmarked USB connection. The switches and LED’s are all well labeled. The case also comes with a speaker that works well with the motherboard – chirping out any error codes or other important tasks.
The expansion slots are designed to be tool-free as well, using a lever system that locks down on any installed components. Also seen here is a picture of the locking mechanism installed – the screw sits low enough to not interfere with the side panel, and the panel is notched to allow the loop to slide right through.
The fans are rated at the same speed, sound, and airflow. The only difference is that the side panel uses round LEDs and the front uses square. Both fans are 180mm, and run between 500 to 1500 rpm with the variable fan speed controls. They are specified at 12v by 0.24a.
Both fans are powered by four-pin Molex connections, and are controlled and powered through the three-pin fan headers that go to the on/off switches and variable knobs – they do not hook up to the motherboard!