The front panel is plastic and easily removed. It is vented on all sides other than the top, which is taken up by the I/O panel. The front panel is solid, with no optical blanks.
The front I/O has USB 2 and 3 ports, power and reset buttons, mic and headphone jacks and a fan speed controller. The controller is simple, with three settings, low, off, and high, in that order. The controller managers a back panel 3-pin fan header, supporting up to seven fans.
We used some of our current test components, including a the ASRock Z270 Pro4 motherboard, review coming soon. We deliberately do not spend too much time cabling and we only used a couple of ties to hold down a couple of cables at the back.
|Test Setup||i7 LGA1151|
|Graphics||MSI GTX 970 GAMING Twin Frozr V Graphics Card|
|Motherboard||ASRock Z270 Pro4|
|Memory||Ballistix Sport LT 16GB Red DDR4 2666Mhz Memory Kit|
|Drives||Crucial MX200 500Gb SSD|
2xSamsung 1Tb 3.5" HDDs
|Cooler||Arctic Freezer i32 Semi Passive CPU Cooler|
|PSU||EVGA 850W SuperNOVA G2|
Other than the components, everything used was included in the accessories. We included two 3.5″ HDD in this build, and mounted it in the HDD cage. This is an air-cooled setup only, we went for a general build, something the average system builder would consider.