You have about 85mm of clearance in the front, which is plenty to do a push/pull configuration in the front. You can even do a push or a pull configuration in the front of the case with a super fat monsta radiator. If you need more space, you can always drill out the four rivets holding down the HDD cage mount, and get enough space to mount dual 85mm thick monsta rads in the front (please don’t do that).
Here is a better view with radiator clearances from front to the HDD cage mounting bracket, and radiator clearance from the top of the case to the top of the motherboard.
For those wondering how much clearance they get from the back of the case to allow for taller memory on the motherboard. Here is your answer to that; 25.4mm with a 140mm fan, and 45.4mm with a 120mm fan. I would personally not recommend running a radiator more than 60mm thick on the top (with fans only on one side). If you plan to do push/pull configuration, you would have to use a thinner radiator in the top.
In case you were wondering how the front and the top panel are connected together. Here is your answer (click image for enlarged version). If you do plan to take off all the panels, you will need to disconnect the top front panel from the board as indicated above. I have also highlighted the USB3.0/3.1 connectors for the front panel. During my install, the top connector came off and I was not able to use the DG tuner software. The DG Tuner software requires that you do have the USB 3.0 connector connected to the motherboard.
For this review build. I decided to go with a white and black theme. Given the size of the case, an ATX motherboard looks really small in the case. If you use a small loop or don’t want to showcase a lot of the cooling parts in use, I would recommend using the EVGA side plate to cover some things up.
I decided to go with the Aqualis glass reservoir from Aqua Computer. Interestingly, I noticed that the slots for the EVGA res bracket kinda work for mounting the bracket for the Aqualis. I also had Greg at MunkyMods build me a custom basement cover, to give the build a nice clean look. I feel reservoirs like the Aqualis or the XSPC photon look better in big cases, as they help fill up a lot of empty space.
Here is a close up of the custom basement cover that Greg at MunkyMods designed and made for me. He laser cut the fitting pass-through holes (bulkhead fittings) as well, so there was no drilling at all.
To keep up with the white and black theme, I used the Asus Sabertooth Z170s ATX motherboard in the build, as it matched my theme perfectly.
Having the MunkyMods basement cover back-lit, allowed me to accent the build in a very nice way. I used Mayhems pastel white fluid for this build, along with some Phanteks cables. I used a slim Magicool 420mm radiator in this build along with the factory fans. Keep in mind I wanted to go for what would look the best (It’s a review build after all).
The MSI 970s were cooled using EK full cover, water blocks, along with the Three (3) slot parallel connector. Primochill hardline fittings were used in the build as well.
And here’s the final product.
I do wish I was using an EATX motherboard, as that would have made the case look a bit more full. There wouldn’t be such a gap between the board and the cable grommets. The only time I struggled during this build was cable management, and honestly I was not happy the way it turned out.
Another issue I ran into, was the length of the front panel connector cables. These cables are too short for the case, and do not allow for a nice clean route. EVGA, I hope you increase the length of front panel cables by at least 6″, so that people can route them cleanly.
- Mobo – Asus Sabertooth Z170S LGA-1151 ATX Motherboard.
- CPU – Intel Core i7-6700K “Skylake” LGA-1151 Processor.
- CPU Cooler – EK Supremacy MX w/custom finish to match motherboard.
- GPUs – Two (2) MSI GTX 970 Gaming Graphics Cards.
- GPU Cooler – Two (2) EK 970 Gaming Full Cover Waterblocks.
- RAM – Hyper X Predator with custom MunkyMods color inserts.
- PSU – Seasonic X-1050 80+ Gold Full Modular Power Supply.
- Cables – Phanteks Cable extensions w/MunkyMods Monsta cable combs.
- Fittings – Primochill Ghost White and Revolver Black.
- Reservoir – Aqua Computer Aqualis.
- Fluid – Mayhems Pastel with hint of Aurora.
For a case this big, I feel it lacks some cable routing options that other cases in its class have (Velcro straps anyone?). You do have so much space in the back, that you don’t have to worry about how you are going to close the rear panel. I wish the case had some smaller cable tie downs, as that would have help create better cable routing runs.
As I had mentioned earlier, the case comes with the EVGA DG Tuner software. The software allows you to control the fans, see the case temperature, and enable K-Boost. It also has a hardware monitor that allows you to see your the temps of your system. Keep in mind that the USB 3.0 cable must be plugged onto the motherboard for the DG Tuner software to work properly. Make sure that that cable stays plugged in on the front panel, as I had my cable come off while trying to run some cables around it.
The settings menu allows you to; pick if you want the application to start with windows, what level of performance you want, when KBoost is on or off, select how often to check for updates, and pick your language. When K-Boost is enabled with options set to High Performance, it runs your CPU and GPUs at the boost clock allowing applications to perform better.
Coming up next ….. Final Thoughts: