Gigabyte iSolo 210 Case - Closer Look Inside the iSolo

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Gigabyte iSolo 210 Case
Closer Look Outside the iSolo
Closer Look Inside the iSolo
Installation and Final Thoughts

Closer Look - Inside:

As we remove the thumbscrews from the left side panel, we start our look inside the iSolo 210.  We start at the front and remove the nice aluminum bezel only to discover that it in fact is skinned with aluminum and is all plastic on the inside.  Each of the drive bay covers have a very fine filter to prevent dust from getting into your case.  This would be a fantastic and perfect solution - if all intake areas were micro-filtered.  Unfortunately, there are vents along the side of the bezel that are not filtered, and dust can get in through these areas.

 Front Filters
Front Filters
 Front I/O Bare
Front I/O Bare

 

The front Input/Output is handled by a couple of USB2.0 ports, a firewire port and the standard headphone/mic jacks.  These are securely mounted to a couple of daughter boards that also provide a home for the front blue LEDs, which you'll see on the next page.

Although the next couple of pictures aren't specifically of the inside of the case, they are as much as involved with the inside as they are the outside.  Gigabyte uses a nice open mesh grill for the 120mm fan that can also support a 92mm or 80mm fan if you desire.  Also involved with cooling, are the ports for routing tubing for an external water cooling kit.  This is a nice addition for those of you looking at mounting an external radiator or complete system such as the Reserator 2.

 Rear Fan
Rear Fan
 Hose Ports
Hose Ports

 

Again on the inside we take a look at the tool-less PCI slots and find that they feel a little more flimsy that other solutions from Gigabyte, but during testing we've had no issues with them at all.  They seem to hold the cards securely and have thus far proven very durable.  The 5.25" and 3.5" drive rails are awesome for holding your favorite DVD, HD-DVD or Blue-Ray drive securely.  They are very simple and work from one side of the case - meaning you don't have to remove both sides to install a drive.  For some 5.25" bay devices, they may not work as slick as standard screws, but Gigabyte has left the screw-holes available if you need them.

 PCI Slots
PCI Slots
 Drive Rails
Drive Rails

 

Up to this point, the build quality and features of this case really haven't blown me away, but for a mainstream case, it's more than adequate.  What some users may miss is a removable motherboard tray and space for more HDD's, but for the average user, this case should provide enough room for most of your hardware.