This review is from: ARK FQ-02 Black Aluminum / Plastic Server Case 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
Pros: Small(er) footprint; decent airflow across the MOBO; versatile design. Rear 120mm and front 80mm fan. Case top & side are separate panels, not one piece, making it a snap to open up. Depending on where your PCIx slots are, a video card can run the full length of the case. Removable MOBO tray.
Cons: Light gauge construction; no airflow across HDD caddy. Tight space means paying more attention to what fits. Socket placement will limit CPU cooler choices - I used a CM 90mm cooler w/ a slimmer fan, the 120 version hit my memory.
Other Thoughts: Purchased this case w/ solid sides as listed and a clear sided model. Love 'em. They were less expensive then, but I'll still promote it. If used as a server w/ 3.5 external bay & 5.25's re-appropriated, the case will hold 5 drives (don't see the point of an optical for a server). Used as a server and a box for family. The huge power button makes for a simpler conversation as to how to turn the thing off. If you're tedious and patient the front USB can be removed and replaced w/ custom USB 3.0, but if water cooling crosses the drawing board get ready for some medium level modifications and compromises.
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