http://www.sharkoon.de/html/produkte/pc ... ex_en.html
The specs given by Sharkoon are
It is a really big case, with plenty of room in general and superb airflow. There are also extra 140mm fan holders for the front of the case in the market if you want to install extra fans. That monster 25cm fan cools everything on the mobo. It's not without glitches though, in fact i found some being really annoying.Features:
• BigTower case (compatible with E-ATX)
• 11x 5.25" drive bays (external)
• 1x 3.5" drive bay (external)
• 6x 3.5" bays for HDDs (internal)
• Screwless mounting system (HDD/ODD/add-on cards)
• Front I/O with 4x USB2.0, headphone and microphone ports
• 7 Slots for add-on cards
• Dimensions: 215 x 535 x 540 mm (W x H x D)
• 2 openings for water cooling tubing
• Front panel: 140 mm fan (pre-installed)
• Side panel: 250 mm fan (pre-installed), 2x 80 mm fans (optional)
• Rear panel: 1x 140 mm fan (optional)
• Rebel12 Value edition
• Manual (8 languages)
• Accessory kit
The accessory kit comes with a full set of screws, mounting rails for the case and 4 pairs of fasteners for 5.25" devices, but only 2 pairs of 3.5 to 5.25 extensions. It also includes an extra mesh that has a gap for a floppy for the front.
First thing i did was to install the rear 140mm fan (not included) and one of the 80cm hard disk side fans. Installing the 140mm fan was a bit tricky, it hardly fit.. it needed a few hits, push back and forth etc to get it in place! The 80cm one was much easier, but the holes were too small for most of the rubber fan screws i tried to use, but in general it was ok. Then it was time for the PSU. It is mounted pretty easily and its back side is placed on rubber pads (nice!). It is installed with the fan facing the motherboard and this can't be changed since it is mounted directly on the case. Here are 2 pictures, the back of the case and the psu-hd area (dont mind the little heatsinks, just had them spare. they are mounted in the wrong direction since on my old case they were facing the front and i was to lazy to remove them or at least change their direction).
I installed one IDE harddisk i have on the front 5.25 bays because i was not sure if the IDE cable i had was long enough to reach the dvdrw afterwards. Its easy to mount the extensions, as long as you have a thin magnetic screwdriver it wont take time, but you do have to open the other side of the panel too. Installing a 5.25" device is fast with the fasteners, again you need both panels open (http://www.sharkoon.de/pix/illus/450/re ... rechts.jpg). This system for 5.25" though has a problem, vibrations, since there are no plastic rails for these, but at least this way of mounting them doesnt need you to remove the front of the case.
Installing the motherboard was very easy (edit: BUT, both the base and the manual miss instruction on where to screw each spacer for each motherboard type, you need the motherboard to see where to place them... Moreover, it is missing one hole for my ATX mobo), and the brass spacers leave some room (1cm) between the motherboard and its base. This must be really good especially for motherboards that have coolers on the back side of the motherboard. One thing i noticed here is that even though the case has plenty of space in width, it lacks some in height. Removal of my zalman 9500 will require removing the top panel of the case. Also, placing a full size expansion card on the last slot wouldn't leave much space for the PSU's fan to work properly, but no problem for me there.
The mounting system for the expansion cards is fast,seperate for each card and very solid. The good thing about all this extra width (apart from the ability to install a bigger motherboard) is that it left alot of space for cable management. I suck at it, but with all this space i managed to leave the space over the motherboard mostly clean of cables.
The 250mm fan is connected on the sys fan header and the back 140mm is a sharkoon power fan connected at 5v. Its pretty silent, except for my IDE harddisk which was noisy anyway, i should place it on rails, maybe it will reduce its noise a bit.
The temperatures i'm getting are excellent (note, with the front 140mm fan disconnected) and better than my old case (which was without side panels, but with an extra fan over the northbridge and 2x120 one front one back). This 25cm fan is doing wonders cooling everything while running on low rpm and silent. The northbridge and gpu are the ones that had a notable decrease in temperature (probably ram and southbridge aswell since they were not cooled at all before, but i can't check).
It is a good and sturdy case and i found its cooling excellent!
edit: Forgot to add that the Power LED is TOO strong. It lights up a dark room. Might be annoying for some, it is for me, i'll have to cover it a bit .
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