old work station is not what it use to be. Lacking almost everything
from the FX5200 graphics card, to it's SCSI hard drive collection, LAB1
is now almost empty. This case had five hard drives, two CD/DVD drives,
and the entire onslaught of case fans. I will not dwell on the old
A7V333 setup, the new setup has it's own quarks, and opportunities.
predecessor to the Thermaltake case, this one has the Antec logo all
The overwhelming block of metal on the motherboard is the Ninja-Mini.
This thing consumes almost the entire CPU/memory aria of the
motherboard. With Antec's fan-clips, the heat sink sits less then an
inch from the exhaust fans.
The black plastic thing was an attempt to force air threw the behemoth
heat sink rather then over it. Over half of each fan is exhausting air
that has not cooled anything of value without the plastic duct in place.
original Antec case had an overwhelming lack of intake from it's front
bezel. Superbly designed for an older 40-watt computer, not for the
newer computers. I was about to chop off the entire bottom of the
bezel, when I came across a better candidate.
The new case is working out well for a set-it and forget-it computer.
there is no way to remove the hard drive rack without removing the
fans, and this is fine for me.
I still have a couple of house
keeping items to work on. The plate for the motherboard plugs needs to
be diced up and installed. A baffle to guide most of the exhaust air
threw the CPU heat sink needs to be made and installed. then there is
building a power harness for the hard drive rack, to replace the "Y"