|Hiper Anubis Mid Tower ATX Case HTC-1K614|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 03 October 2007|
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Closer Look: Anubis Interior
Now we can open the Hiper Anubis up, and see what lies inside this mid-tower ATX case.
As we mentioned in the exterior details, opening the HTC-1K614 is as easy as pushing down the two levers on each latch at the corners of the panel door. The image below shows how the door easily pulls up and away from the chassis, allowing you to work on your system without tools or keeping track of screws.
Once you glimpse the naked interior, the simple design of the Hiper Anubis really becomes evident. I have mixed feelings about a black mid-tower ATX case which maintains a solid attachment to the same base color all around... until you reach the interior. Since the motherboard mounting panel is not removable, nor is it a slide out version similar to the Lian Li PC-B20A or Apevia X-Qpack 2 CM500, there really isn't any logical reason to make it stand out with the silver metal finish.
Since the back panel of the HTC-1K614 is finished with the same silver color, it blends in well, but most motherboards will cover the tray completely. In the long run, the contrasting color may help you work to spot wires and cables in low light situations.
There are plenty of silver and black thumbscrews supplied with the HTC-1K614, which means that installing 5.25" and 3.5" devices is a twist away from completion. In some systems with several of optical and hard disk drives, all of the thumbscrews will become a tiresome chore. Since the Hiper Anubis mid-tower ATX case is something of a high-dollar high-performance specimen, I would consider it customary to expect high-convenience features on the inside as well as the exterior, similar to the mounting system in the Cooler Master Cosmos RC-1000.
Because of the nearly one-inch tall heatsink fans atop the Anubis, Hiper was able to countersink the 120mm exhaust fan flush with the ceiling of HTC-1K614 mid-tower ATX case. The solid welds securing each panel are buffed and level so that they are not easily detected, keeping fashion in step with function.
Generally speaking there is plenty of working room inside the Anubis. However, larger video cards, especially those in dual sets, should be careful to position the hard drive between the two cards to avoid contact.
At the underside of the Hiper Anubis mid-tower ATX case are four removable feet identical to those used in the Zalman Z-Machine GT1000, NZXT Adamas, and Lian Li PC-B20A. They are very effective on top of tables and desks, or practically anything the soft rubber rings around the feet can adhere to. With the weigh of the HTC-1K614 approaching 24 pounds, this style of chassis feet works extremely well.
On the reverse "non-service entry" side of the Hiper Anubis, the backside of motherboard mounting panel gives evidence to a few passive cable management features. Using bands or zip-ties you can secure large cable groups to this panel and keep them from obstructing the panel door.
Taking a second look at the drive cage rack, I think that a silver finish would have been perfect to match the other components. It seemed to work in the Adamas, so I am sure it could work in the Adamas, too.