Aerocool Strike-X Air Review
You'll remember that I was a little hesitant as to how to achieve easy access to the rear of the motherboard area. In a traditional case this is done by simply removing the opposite side panel and turning the case around. With the X-Strike it wasn't going to be that simple though. The solution however came rather quickly as the strength of the case enables it to be flipped on it's side giving unprecedented all round access. Even at this stage we weren't quite sure how we were going to manage so many cables in such an open plane enclosure.
I guess we needn't have worried though as in reality the underside of the case seems to just swallow all the loops of unwanted and unsightly cables with the management holes perfectly placed to allow them to pop up at just the right place. even the front I/O cables we were worried about seem to easily disappear.
With a modest sized GPU such as the old faithful 8800GT it's actually possible to close the cooling panel lid. This it must be appreciated just isn't going to be possible with the larger modern GPUs. The accommodation of massive CPU coolers may also be possible with the lid shut, but this may be compromised by the degree to which they extend over the RAM area. For this build I fitted the moderately sized Havik 120 cooler which fitted underneath no problem, and does give some idea about just how much room there is under the lid.
Installation of both the 5.25" and 3.5" drives is simplicity itself as previously mentioned the 3.5" drives screw into their cassettes then simply slot into the hot swap bays. the 5.25" drives slide neatly into the bay area and are held in by good old fashioned screws.