Verre V770 Black with Window ReviewBosco - June 3, 2003
Rear Exhaust Fan Spots
At the back of the case, we see something a little different. For a mid-tower case, they managed to squeeze in space for two 80mm exhaust fans. Most cases of this size would usually only have one.
This little collection of motherboard wires consist of the following: Power SW, Reset SW, HDD LED, Power LED (split into two separate wires)*, USB1, USB2, Line Out, and Microphone In.
*I've never realized why some motherboards/cases have the Power LED designed as an array of 2 or 3 pins' worth on the plug. If anyone could help me on this, please send me an email.
The Power Supply
Ouch! No room for a bottom fan?
The included power supply, unfortunately, will not be one that I would recommend to anyone who mods his case or uses alot of lights and sounds. When I tried it with my configuration (Consisting of a CCFL, 4 fans connected to a rheobus (2 are LED fans), Hard Drive, Floppy Drive, and CD-RW drive), upon turning my Rheobus down to minimum speed, the LED fans would move in different speeds relative to each other. This is not the case when I had my Antec power supply. For a regular office configuration however, this power supply should suffice.
The PSU contains the following: Four 4-pin connectors, One Floppy connector, the main 12V 20-pin connector, an AUX connector, and the ATX12V 4-pin connector.
If you look closely at the bottom plate where the power supply sits on, the observant eye will notice that the plate is both too long and too wide and will obstruct any power supply that has a bottom fan grill. Although very inconvenient, the easiest method to get around that is to remove the fan grill off of the power supply, but I think it would've been better for the case manufacturers to make some adjustments to their design here.
Removable Motherboard Tray
Bon Appetit, anyone?
Finally, opening the other side panel, we see that the manufacturer has taken steps to *not* have any odd panels getting in the way of drive installation - a plague of many old cases. Also, after removing a single screw that holds the motherboard tray, removing it is as simple as sliding the try out, and then pulling it up. However, this method of removing a motherboard tray did not appeal to me as much as a slide out unit in Lian-Li units, and for the most part, there should be enough room to perform a direct installation with pretty much all consumer motherboards of today.
I think with the goal of keeping the case from becoming too pricey, that is the reason why the manufacturer chose to design the case in this way. However, I feel that with the case design geared more toward the enthusiast user, an aluminum-based model with room for a bottom fan on the power supply will definately score more points on it. A larger window will also work wonders. Although these changes would raise the cost of the case significantly, there will be those users who will do whatever it takes to score such a case. Very good, but still alot of room for improvement.