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Installation and Testing

Hansan has gotten the closest to a screwless design that I've seen with this case. They provided enough thumbscrews that I was able to mount all the drives that way. One nice feature of their thumbscrews is the fact that they can still be turned with a standard screwdriver. One feature that I liked about the Explorer III was its innovative design that allowed you to open the case by pushing on a couple of buttons. The Audi goes one step further. Simply pull up on a lever on each side and the case slides off. This design is easier when it comes to reinstalling the case and the levers make for nice handles as you are sliding the cover off. You can click on the picture if you'd like to see a bigger version.

I mounted an AOpen AK33 motherboard and had no problems with its design. Hansan provides plastic motherboard risers for the screws to go into. I've found that the metal style that support most motherboards can be very sharp so I appreciated the design of these. The case comes with markings on it to help you position those risers for either AT or ATX boards. Hansan recommends that the jumper cable that allows the front USB and sound ports to work be passed through an expansion slot. Since the case also has stampings for extra COM ports in the back I used one of them to pass the cable through. Please keep in mind if you do this you need to take some sandpaper to the metal edges of the COM port to ensure you don't cut cables. Using the COM port made for a cleaner install I thought. In case you are wondering just how sharp the metal of the COM port can be - When I put the cables through the first time it shaved enough plastic off the sound jacks that they are now flat on opposite sides. See what I mean?

One thing that initially concerned me about the Audi case was that the frame seemed to flex towards the top. Rather than just deburring the frame it has a fully rolled metal area at the top. While I appreciated the rolled metal I was worried about the flexing. As soon as I installed a CD-ROM into one of the bays the flexing completely disappeared. It appears that the inclusion of a CD-ROM was taken into consideration by the engineers behind this case since they let it add structural rigidity to the unit.

I was happy to see that the 300w Moretec power supply was again provided with this unit. It is by far the quitest power supply I've ever come across. If you are planning to install a Pentium IV motherboard please make sure to ask for a power supply for that board. These boards have an extra connector and it just so happens that Fortron already has their unit out on the market. The Moretec unit pushes out an impressive amount of heat considering that it is whisper quiet. Combine the 80mm intake fan and extra 60 mm exhaust fan and this case is starting to look better all the time. I can't stand to leave things alone and was able to mount an extra 80 mm fan on a couple of extra mounting tabs on the Moretec power supply. Since the Moretec fan directs air out I set up the extra fan to pull air up and away from the CPU and towards the power supply. Sound a little like overkill? It probably is, but it made for a 3' F drop in CPU temp.

 





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