Building With The Mini-Tank
A dizzying array of hardware lends itself to a deceptively simple build. Four rubber dampeners are affixed to each 3.5” hard drive via shoulder screws.
Also included in the installation kit is an internal USB 2.0 adapter for ports that are designed to use external USB 3.0 jacks. We find it bothersome that this case, designed to be modern in 2011, still doesn’t support the internal USB 3.0 header introduced last year. But that’s the only thing we really disliked about the Mini-Tank’s design.
Hard drives simply slide into the bay from the left side, and can be oriented with the connectors facing either side. We had to install ours with the cables on the right, for card clearence.
Though the installation was easy, we did have a few small complaints. First of all, having the drives slide in from the left means that the graphics card must be removed before accessing the top two drive bays.
A sliding bar that locks the drives in place is secured by three screws. Because the top screw was within 1/8” of the back of our card, we had to remove it.
The entire drive cage is secured using two larger thumb screws, but the top screw protrudes far enough to block insertion of any card longer than 9.9”. Replacing it with a standard screw allows cards up to 13.5” to be installed, including such monsters as the GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 6990.
Both the front and top 140 mm fans light up with a soft red glow. That is, if such an aggressive color can ever be considered soft.