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4.0 out of 5 stars I like this case but..., 1 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: CiT Vantage Type-R Gaming Case with HD Audio, 4 Fans, Card Reader and No PSU - Black (Accessory)
I like this case but it's not without its problems, the main one being the awkward way the hard drive cage is arranged. One wall is all in one piece with the 5.25in and floppy drive cages so what you've got, from top to bottom, is four 5.25in bays suitable for optical drives, a single 3.5in bay for a floppy or SSD adapter and five 3.5in bays for your hard dives. The other wall incorporates a plastic section that you can remove in order to fit a graphics card longer than about 10.5in (265mm).

So where is the problem? Well, even if you do not need to remove the plastic section of the wall, your graphics card will almost certainly block off the second and third HD bays. The graphics card would have to be shorter than 8in (205mm) to allow room for hard drive installation and connection. (An installed HD protrudes about 1in from the bay and that's before power and data cables are connected.)

So that still leaves three bays, right? Well, no, the first (top) bay is enclosed on all four sides (in order to facilitate the removable plastic section) so it's not well-suited to housing a hot hard drive. That bay is ruled out anyway because a memory stick is in the way. That leaves the two bays at the bottom of the case and that's where I have installed two of the four HDs I want to use. However, if I decide to install a second graphics card in SLI configuration then those two bays would be rendered useless as well, leaving no HD bays available at all.

It is probably worth mentioning that my motherboard is ATX-size and a uATX board might be more accommodating. It is probably also worth mentioning that I have ordered a 5.25in to 3.5in adapter kit to see whether I can make use of the 5.25in bays, without fouling the memory sticks. While writing this, it has also occurred to me that I might, as a last resort, try drilling new holes/slots so that I can fit the HDs deeper in their cages and avoid fouling the board-mounted components.

A much smaller problem that this case shares with plenty of others is that the supplied fans all have molex connectors when modern motherboards provide a multiplicity of fan headers, all with benefit of BIOS speed control. I have ordered the necessary adapters.

All of this is a great pity because the case is otherwise very good indeed. So good, in fact, that it gets a 4-star rating from me, despite the trouble I have had installing my hard drives. After all, who actually needs RAID anyway?
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