SilverStone Crown Series CW02 HTPC Chassis Review
A Detailed Look – At the Outside (Cont’d)
The left side panel contains a large opening (5" W x 6.25" H) covered by a mesh grill that can be used to supply fresh outside air to the power supply (assuming the PSU has a top mounted air intake fan).
The right side panel also contains a large opening (5" W x 6.25" H) covered by a mesh grill to provide air into the CPU cooler area. Note: even though the side panels have screws on the sides they are riveted to the bottom so they are not easily removable.
Moving around to the rear of the enclosure reveals a fairly typical ATX layout with the power supply on the right and seven expansion card slot covers in the middle. The CW02 case comes with one 120mm exhaust fan installed on the back. The large exhaust grill at the top provides an exit path for warm exhaust air to flow out the back of the chassis. The CW02 even includes two openings for routing water-cooling hoses out the back of the chassis to an external water cooling system if desired.
Optional SilverStone TD01 Liquid Cooling System for HTPC (Courtesy of SilverStone)
Flipping the CW02 case upside down exposes the four audio-component style feet. Also note the two vent openings on the bottom that can be used to mount two optional 92mm cooling fans if you desire more airflow through the case.
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