|Antec ISK 310-150 Mini-ITX Desktop Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Servando Silva|
|Sunday, 16 May 2010|
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Closer Look: ISK 310-150 Interior
Now let´s remove all those messy cables and look what we´ve got. The AC power cord is thick and big. That shouldn´t be necessary, but let´s hope it won´t interfere with the installation.
As you can see, there is enough room for a Mini-ITX motherboard. The motherboard screws are already there and there is a QA pass seal printed in the interior. The Flex-ATX PSU is mounted with a very personalized system and screws mixed with the exhaust fan at the right side of the ISK 310-150. Unluckily, if you want to remove the PSU you´ll need to remove the fans bracket first, and then the PSU mounting system. Please notice the plastic cover at the side of the 80mm fan. I´d recommend anyone to remove it even if you don´t install a fan in there. Your case will have better ventilation by using the honey-comb grills rather than a plastic cover sealing the heat inside of it.
Once removing the drives bay, you´ll have this little structure. On the right side, you can mount up to 2 2.5" drives (HDDs or SDDs) and below them there´s space for a slim optical drive (DVD or BD). The left squared side has no purpose at all, so I can´t really say it works for something other than (probably) cable management. You´ll have a closer look of this at the next section.
A closer look to the fans reveals the cable of the rpm controller. The plastic cover seems to be "easy" removable by pressing 3 push-pins at the corners but it isn´t. First, you need to remove the whole fan metal bracket. Other way, you won´t be able to remove the plastic cover and add a fan (or just to improve some air-flow) there. That´s a bad design, really.
This picture shows the exhaust fans at the right side of the ISK 310-150. Again, the left fan is based on a "special" designed structure for the PSU.
A closer look to the PSU reveals the next specifications: +5V:10A, +3.3V:8A, +12V:10A, -12V:0.2A, +5VSB:1.5A. It seems enough for our high-performance HTPC based on a Core i3/H55 platform. Keep in mind this PSU won´t support other than a low-end GPU. It doesn´t have PCI-E connectors either.
The front door opens with a little touch and reveals your optical drive. It will keep your front view clean even you´re not using a plated-colored drive.The ugly part is that it uses a push-clip to open and it´s not automatized.