The system is housed in a jet-black Antec Titan 550
Server case. If you like to get your hands dirty with PCs, you'll certainly appreciate
this case which measures in at 26.5 x 42.5 x 62.5cm in size.
The Titan 550 Server case is slightly taller than an average mid tower,
and very deep so there is plenty of space for the components inside.
The front of the case
is plain, with just a folding door covering the four 5.25" drive bays. Still, it's better
to be plain than tacky like those NZXT style cases! The door guards the power/reset switch
as well, and is lockable. The power and HDD LED shine a bright
The door itself swings in open in two locations
which makes the motion a lot more fluid and easy to use. Unlike cheap knock offs,
closing and opening the door on Antec cases is very easy. Below all of this are
the two USB and one IEEE 1394a ports, along with a couple headphone/mic
case is made from steel and aside from the size of the unit, the
Antec Titan 550 will fit in nicely in an office or home environment without any
Getting into the case is easy thanks
to the thumb screws integrated into the left side panel. The first thing
one notices is that the inside of the Titan 550 is indeed very
While there are no intake case fans, a quiet 120mm
Antec exhaust fan keeps air moving through the system. The case uses a honeycomb
grill vent which allows air to pass through with less turbulence than slits or
The PCI expansion slots all
require tools to access, so don't put that phillips head screw driver away just yet.
The rear motherboard I/O bracket is removable which
is a good idea since motherboards no longer adhere to a single standard. The
motherboard tray itself is not removable, so those of you who like to tweak will
have to do all the work inside the Antec Titan 550 case.
the front of the case, there are a total of three open 5.25" drive bays, one
open 3.5" bay and six hidden 3.5" HDD bays. This should be enough space for a
bevy of hard drives and optical media readers.
The front bezel of the case can be removed via
three mounting tabs on the left hand side, after the tabs have been depressed,
the bezel swings open with ease.
two open positions for 80mm case fans to be
installed where they would blow over the HDD drive bays, something one might want to use if
there are a lot of HDDs. To make things easier, Antec allows the front case fan
grill to be removed (via thumbscrews again).
Working with the Antec Titan 550 Server case is
very easy since Antec rounds all the sharp edges and you will not cut yourself
when working in the case! Canada Computers also did an
excellent job with
cable management in the Content Creator X2 system - everything is either zip
tied down or large cables are folded to minimize impact on airflow.
My only qualms with the Content Creator X2 package is
that Canada Computers did not include any extra drive rails (both 3-1/2" and
5-1/4"). Without the additional drive rails, adding more HDDs or optical drives
would be impossible. I'm sure this is just an oversight on its part.