Maingear Ephex: Exterior Design and Quality
The Ephex system we received came equipped with a flat black Silverstone TJ10 full tower case, which unfortunately was a bit prone to fingerprints, but that didn't stop us from getting our mitts all over it for closer inspection.
A cold cathode light flanks the inside left corner of the Ephex's side panel window, illuminating the interior with a cool blue hue. If you're familiar with any of Silverstone's chassis lineup, you'll know this case is built like a tank with a thick gauge aluminum front bezel and large side induction vents that mate up to the intake ports of a custom engineered fan shroud, where a 120mm fan pulls cool air into the motherboard area of the case. The backside of the chassis is also equipped with a pair of cooling tube ports for an external watercooling solution, though, as you'll see shortly, Maingear decided to go with a self contained approach from Asetek. All told, the fit and finish of the Maingear Ephex is a clean and high quality design, thanks mostly to the selection of the Silverstone TJ10 for the system's chassis requirement.
Maingear included an LG Blu Ray DVD drive with our build as well as a 5-in-1 Flash Card reader in the single 2.5" bay, leaving three 5.25" bays available for expansion. The top side of the case has two large 120mm exhaust fans for heat ventilation out the top of the system as well as for the integrated Asetek LCLC liquid cooling system radiator unit.