The Micro Fusion 350 HTPC – Internals and Working Components
Upon removing the top panel by undoing the single thumb screw at the back, I found that there to be neoprene along the edges of the insides of the case. These are presumably to act as anti-vibration strips. Underneath, one of these is a support bracket, that can be removed, which adds sturdiness to the case.
Furthermore, I noticed that the there is a loop that runs through the side panel allowing the user to lock the case. This is a nice addition security wise.
The case has been designed using dual thermal chamber design. This effectively means that any heat emissions from the motherboard do not affect the power supply, thus allowing it to run far more quietly as it does not have to deal with the heat from other components.
The Micro Fusion 350 comes with a 350 Watt power supply pre-installed which is 80-plus certified which means it has greater than 80% efficiency. The mass of cables which are emitted from the PSU are all bound together and this certainly helps organizationally as it is a nightmare having cables all over the place.
The ODD is installed in the 5 ½" bay and this can be easily removed without using any tools and just slides out; Antec have tried hard to ensure that this case is as tool less as possible. On top of this bay, are two little black rubber stoppers that are designed to dampen vibrations between the bay and the top of the case.
The hard drive is installed into the HDD bracket (as shown below). Unfortunately, the LCD screen has to be removed before the HDD can be secured.
At the back of the Micro Fusion are two 80mm TriCool fans mounted on the side of the motherboard chamber. There is also another 80mm mounted in the HDD thermal chamber. These fans have three different speed settings to allow users to determine there only levels of cooling and quiet. The three settings are at 1500, 2000 and 2600 RPM.