|Raidmax Seiran Mid-Tower Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Doug Dallam|
|Sunday, 04 December 2011|
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Closer Look: Interior
This is the business side of the case. Here we can see all nine drive bays, the CPU hole, cable routes, and some spaghetti coming out of the top. Altogether this is a pretty clean interior.
This is the internal cable canal. It's also about a half inch deep. As I stated earlier, if you run your cables through this groove and into the side panel space, you get a total of about one inch of cable space. If you're like me, however, and just want to cram your cables under the side panel and get that sucker closed, you might have a problem.
Remember I was saying that the drive layout was a little peculiar? That's because of the way Raidmax mounts the single fan in the front. You can see here that there is, indeed, and as previously mentioned, nothing in the front of this case, save bay covers. This is another clean aspect of this case.
Here it is. The front fan mounts to two of the drive mounts. The fan/drive mounts are a little different from the regular 3.5" drive mounts. That's why these two are for 2.5" drives, lest your 3.5" drives protrude far into the motherboard area.
Here you go. You lose around an inch and a half of space if you choose to mount a 3.5" drive here. But with four 3.5" bays, you're going to have plenty of room to mount them elsewhere. Really, you can mount any 9 drives wherever you want. So mix and match at your own will.
This is something that was missing from the Blade, drive caddies. They function like any other caddy, and lock down with the tool-less drive locks. With the Blade, using only these locks left the drives in danger of falling out, one, because there was no drive caddy and the locks were sloppy when set on a bare drive, and two, with the Blade, you only got one side of locks. The Seiran gives you drive locks on both sides, all the way up. Although not a really tight fit, the drives, after installation into the plastic caddies, lock down fairly snugly. If you want to screw them down, then you'll need to either screw into the plastic caddy itself, or use your own steel 3.5" drive caddy.
Okay, that's it for the overview of the internal. Let's move over to the detailed interior and get our hands dirty. After all, the meat (and possibly, the mud) is in the inside, and not the outside.