Banchetto 101: Evaluation
The Banchetto 101 uses fine-thread holes for its drive and power supply trays, motherboard standoffs, and expansion card stands. We don’t have to question whether or not this was a good choice, since we stripped one of the expansion card stands while inserting it. In fact, it took less effort to strip the mounting hole than it did to turn the hold-down screw into the stand. Tiny burs on some threads forced us to test fit remaining screws on corresponding stands before finishing installation.
Once installed, the remaining card stands didn’t “stand up” well to the weight of a GeForce GTX 285 graphics card, leaning in a manner that indicates more threaded hole failures may be on the horizon.
One workaround is to install the card stands with the threads facing upward using your own supply of 8-10mm-long M3-0.50 screws from underneath the motherboard tray. This alternative installation also requires the procurement of M3-0.50 nuts to secure the card, but the threaded ends are handy for preventing an unsecured double-slot card from falling over.
One other installation issue was that, because the power supply faces the back of the Banchetto 101 chassis, extra-long 18.5” PCIe graphics card power leads attached to our Corsair power supply were still too short to reach the top of any graphics card. Instead, Cosair’s longer modular cables were required. The ability to store unused power leads between the drive trays and radiator mount certainly made the system look clean, but the loss of two leads would be hard to take in a multi-card system.
A few user-performed modifications would make the Banchetto 101 an excellent test stand, but its best function as-sold is as a display rack for motherboard, graphics card, RAM, and CPU cooler marketing specialists.
Completely open access to all motherboard sides
Pull-off motherboard tray with rubber feet
Supports four hard drives and three optical drives internally
Hole beneath CPU socket for cooler support plate access
Gleaming acrylic construction with reflective chrome accents
Handy power and reset buttons
Rear panel supports triple-fan radiators and liquid cooling pumps
Reversed power supply eases button access and hides cables
Optional side-fan bracket for chipset, VRM, and DRAM cooling
Fine-thread holes in acrylic panels easily stripped
Pull-off motherboard tray slightly hinders portability
Reversed power supply causes cables to be too short
Included screws too tall to use with optional side-fan bracket
Component showcase display booths