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Aopen HX45 Case Review

Aopen HX45 Case Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Need a mid-tower for your next computer? Maybe one that will be good for overclocking.... Aopen makes good cases but they aren't always for OC'ing.
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External Mfg. Website: Aopen Jun 26 2000   Max Page  
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Installing components

Access to the guts of the case are via a screwed in one-piece cover which flips up for removal (like the old 486 boxes used to). With its cover removed we'll take a look at the rest of the HX45 features as if we were installing a system from scratch. That said, the most obvious feature lacking is a removable motherboard tray. A pain in the butt to some of you, not a big deal to us though.

Installation of a CD-ROM or like 5.25" drive is via screws and not rails. On a case of this size rails really don't make that much sense. When starting from scratch with a drive installation, the metal knock outs must be removed. For this to happen we found a series of steps were necessary. Unfortunately this is right about were the HX45 starts to loose its glow.

The first step to remove the metal knockout is to remove the front bezel. Aopen attaches the bezel with screws and snap-in clips, so this is not an easy thing to accomplish. Add to this fastening marathon the necessity of unclipping the reset and power switch, and unplugging all the activity LED's from the front (have fun putting them back in).

With the front removed, the razor sharp metal knock-outs can be removed with relative ease, and drives inserted. Obviously the idea should be to remove these knockouts without having to remove the bezel, but this proved too difficult. Why? Because while attempting to remove the metal it would get stuck between the plastic and wedge itself in super-tight. Hence the need for this expansive procedure.

Custom components and neat features.

At least the installation of the HDD is an easy one. The rack which holds these components slides out with the removal of just one screw. Which, free from the frame, can have its HDD or FDD installed quickly via screws.

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Contents of Article: Aopen HX45
 Pg 1.  Aopen HX45 Case Review
 Pg 2.  — Installing components
 Pg 3.  Nuances

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