The most noticeable feature
of this case is the adjustable CPU fan. Positioned
directly above the main processor is a 60mm fan on a little metal frame.
The fan comes equipped with a motherboard connector so that RPM can
and alarms sounded
if necessary. The frame allows the fan to slide along a
rail to accommodate multiple configurations for different motherboard layouts. The frame is
also removable to accommodate cooling a separate HDD rack at the top of the
case if it is so desired. It can also slide
along a track in that upper position to accommodate various
device configurations, or cooling choices.
|Insertion of the top HDD requires
the case top to be removed prior to installation.
The CPU fan is
positioned above where a processor will eventually go. A metal frame allows the fan
to slide along atrack to accommodate various cooling
The fans on the
side of the drive bays are attached by placing them within a
plastic box which then snaps into the frame and holds the fan securely. In fact all fans in
the SuperMicro case are held in place with similar plastic enclosures. The system is easy
to use, and relieves the long screws and tools that would otherwise be necessary to mount the fans.
Considering the number of fans on the
inside of this case, the huge assortment of fasteners yields many options. One
fan is located above the power supply (case exhaust), three are located in the front motherboard compartment,
and then one small one sits behind CPU. All these fans mean a
fully customizable setup is easy to achieve, and if noise becomes
a problem, then fans can easily be disconnected.
Behind the four fans cooling the
drive bays are punched vents in the side panels. The 8-3/4" X 3-1/4" vents
no doubt allow a small amount of cool air to enter the case before being
pushed over burning SCSI drives. On the back of the case by the slot cards
is a strip of venting measuring 2" X 11", which aids the expulsion of hot
air. Finally a small 4" X 9" region on the front of the motherboard
compartment acts as an air intake for the majority of the case.
This particular set of vents also
comes with a small air filter. Not designed to remove fine dust, but larger
heatsink clogging particles before they get sucked into the bowels of the
||The air filter is visible behind the
vents on the case bezel.|
While most cases have their powersupplies flush to the roof, or to one side, Supermicro have constructed
theirs so that there exists about 1-1/2" of clear space around all
sides. This is undoubtedly to aid cooling, various venting configurations, and
allow hotter air to be expelled by the exhaust fan, rather then through the