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post #101 of 1963
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Can someone comment if the HD/SSD mounts are as bad as reviews make out?

Their not as bad as I thought. Just need to be careful when putting in both SSD/HDD correctly. I didn't break anything last night putting this case together. thumb.gif
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post #102 of 1963
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It's a done deal for now. More to come in the next few months! Enjoy! I love this case! My only cons is the front of it should be much easier to remove for cleaning the filter. In order to remove the top you have to remove the front panel! Just my thoughts! Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

GJ thumb.gif, I love the cable management options in this chassis, can't wait to start working on mine. It's not too hard to remove the front imo, then again I've been accustomed with the process on my old phantom. Unfortunately my PSU filter doesn't have the notch to lock into the retaining clip, maybe it broke off but I didn't see it in the case,hoping NZXT will send me a replacement. I'm so glad they included a filter on the front intake as well.
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post #103 of 1963
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Correct, this is where the HDD/SSD activity LED is located and it won't work until your system is operational. smile.gif Welcome to the club, if you get a buildlog going, PM me and I'll add it to the list.

Thanks, will do biggrin.gif
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post #104 of 1963
Ah cool, thats been pretty much the only negative thing I've seen about the case lol

Can't wait to get mine <3
post #105 of 1963
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Can someone comment if the HD/SSD mounts are as bad as reviews make out?

Do you mean spindley and breakable, no . . . but


To me they seem wayyyy over-engineered to where they try too hard to be all things for all purposes.


The way the plastic molds, they tend to toe in at the top and that makes them not want to stay in their tracks very well, unless you have a full size HDD in it. . . . . Or a 3.5" to 2.5" adapter for mounting SSD's

The flip side is that they are easier to get a regular HDD / adapter in than before.


The pad for mounting an SSD (or other 2.5" drive) is solid enough to be a backing plate for a cpu waterblock, and because of that, needs longer 3mm screws than when mounting a drive in a sheet metal platform, which I didn't see included.


The little finger tabs look like a great idea, untill you realize that they are in the way to cable up anything anywhere near by.

Smaller and simpler would have been much more usable.


Overall, they're kind of a solution to a non-problem, with problems of their own.


I never did understand the reasoning for the change in HDD mounting from the phantom to the 410.

The phantom lets you pull out a HDD from the left side, so you only need to unplug that one drive.

The 410 changed all that to where you have to unplug the whole column to pull a drive out past all the cabling.

The 810 and now the 820 continue that change.

While it allows for a flat ended drive cage that they can put a logo on, the lack of drive swapout friendliness seems a high price to the user.


Here's a pic of a brand new HDD mount, you can see it's bowed in at the top a bit, and pulls together at the front to where the little lock tabs that are supposed to lock it in the housing, don't engage their holes to do their job in all cases.

The super easy solution for mounting an SSD if you want to use the drive bays, is to use an adapter.

I swear by these Silverstone SDP08's.

It fits the new plastic caddy and lets you put 2 SSD's per drive slot, and all the screws come with it and fit.

Darlene





Edited by IT Diva - 12/2/12 at 3:47pm
post #106 of 1963
What luck! I was just thinking about how to get all my drives in this case (going to have allot) . Thanks.
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post #107 of 1963
Ahh, thanks for that. You guys honestly make me want this case more and more with every post lol

That SDD adapter looks good, will have to pick one of those up when I order the case as I'm going to be having an SSD in it
post #108 of 1963
The Egg doesn't ship here, so I have a business-to-business contact at Tiger and whenever I order an SSD, I get an adapter. (always handy to have spares in case SSD's go on sale locally)

They just flat work with about all the tool less HDD systems, and keep them to where they stay in their slide tracks properly.

I started using them several years ago, for the momentus hybrid drives, back before SSD's were remotely affordable, and they've sure made building easier ever since.

Best $10 you'll ever spend if you need to mount a small drive in a tool less bay:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5633703


Darlene
post #109 of 1963
I live in the UK but theres a place I can order them from for about £6
post #110 of 1963
Love this case! For such a huge case it's really quiet. The LED lighting is amazing! My old Corsair 600 SE always made creaking nosie! With my 820 it doesn't make a sound. It's a solid case. Good work NZXT!!!

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