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Friday, 30 October 2009 13:35

Scythe FenrisWolf hunts in our lab - 3. Inside The Case

Written by Muamer Odobasic

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Review: Silence is not golden, it's black


The inside of the case seems pretty standard, but FenrisWolf has a couple of aces up its sleeve. Although it's not quite common, Benjamin Franz's touch brought black color to the inside as well.  

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The case packs plenty of room and the case will hold many motherboard form factors including - ATX, Mini-ATX, Mini-ITX, µATX and Flex-ATX.

The power supply is mounted above the motherboard but unfortunately, Scythe didn't do anything for cable management, and the extra cables coming from the PSU will probably clutter the case somewhat. The only solution is to hide the rest of the cables in or behind the 5.25 inch slots.   

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Mounting optical drives is done the old-fashioned way - although we must say that this method is getting increasingly rare, as most manufacturers tend to use different, and more practical methods. This way you'll have to take both side panels off, which isn't hard, but is still time consuming. Most of the screws on the case are the type that can be used without tools, so at least you won't be reaching for the toolbox.


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The picture above shows the silent Scythe fan with a three pin connector, spinning at 800 RPM.

A great thing about FenrisWolf is the Scythe's implementation of the stabilizer, which while very efficient, is pretty impractical to handle. For instance, mounting the HDD took more time than mounting the rest of the components did.

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The stabilizer is comprised of two aluminum plates, one of which is on the picture above. In between the plates, you can mount up to four 3.25 inch disks. To maximize efficiency, the inner sides of the plates are coated in rubber, and the sides are physically separated by three rubber wheels on each side.

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The stabilizer, together with the hard disks is mounted in the bottom three 5.25 slots. We had to remove our graphics card as well, the GTX 260, otherwise we couldn't have mounted the stabilizer.

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Mounting the motherboard and the rest of the components, except for the HDD, went without a hitch. We decided on passive CPU cooling because the entire idea behind the case is to make it as silent as possible. So, we used Cooler Master's Hyper Z600 cooling to see whether FenrisWolf with its two 120mm fans can muster sufficient airflow to for passive cooling. As you already know, passive cooling greatly depends on the actual airflow within the case.

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