Nexus Silent Caterpillar Case
Posted by: Mac on: 02.06.2008 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Moving around the rear of the case the first thing that struck me was the layout was “upside down” psu at the bottom and pci slots at the top. Also the left panel (looking from the rear) is the only removable panel.
Removing aforementioned side panel we get our first look at the sound deadening material. It looks a bit like egg box shaped foam and covers virtually the entire inside of the side panel.
Looking at the case its self we can see the sound deadening foam is also fitted on the opposite side panel and the top of the case. The bottom only has a small portion of the sound deadening foam fitted between the hard drive bay and the front panel.
The pci cards are held in place using a tool less design so hopefully should make the installation a bit easier.
The fans are, as you would expect them to be, Nexus’ own brand.
The fans can be powered directly from the power supply via an inline male to female Molex power connection or by using a 3-pin header on the motherboard.
The sound deadening foam extends all the way into the drive bays, of which the top most is taken up by the front I/O connections. I suppose you may be able to fit something in there if it didn’t need to be accessed from outside? Assuming it wasn’t particularly big. There is also a 3 ˝” bay not accessible from the outside so you could also fit another hard drive here.
The bay for the hard drives has numerous holes drilled under it to allow for cooler air do be drawn in as the hot air rises away from the drives. A simple enough idea and I see no reason why it shouldn’t work, I assume this is the ventilation system mentioned in the specs.
All the connections from the case to the motherboard are very clearly marked so connecting them up shouldn’t be any problem.
Last we have a bag of assorted screws with some spare motherboard spacers, a couple of thumbscrews, a couple of small brackets and a single cable tie.
Let’s install a pc inside this rather nice case.
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