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COMPUTER CASES

Dual Volt 6 Port Baybus Review
By: Dev Harware
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    2003-10-02

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    With the temps that current CPU’s are producing, the average case should have at least 4 fans. If you’re a junkie, you have more…a lot more… At least two intakes in the front of your case, a blowhole or two in your window, one or two exhaust fans out the back, and a top blowhole just to round things off. It’s all right, you get used to the white noise that your fans put out…eventually! I first heard about baybus’ from Cliff’s site, and built my first one about a year ago. Very crude, but it served its purpose.

    Manufacturers:

       Xoxide
      Product:    Dual Voltage 6 Port Baybus (Blue/Red)

    Price:

       USD$39.99 (on sale, $34.99)

    Availability:

       NOW

    Reviewed By:

       Cygnus_x_1

    Review Date:

       November 2002

     


     

    Intro:

    With the temps that current CPU’s are producing, the average case should have at least 4 fans. If you’re a junkie, you have more…a lot more… At least two intakes in the front of your case, a blowhole or two in your window, one or two exhaust fans out the back, and a top blowhole just to round things off. It’s all right, you get used to the white noise that your fans put out…eventually!  I first heard about baybus’ from Cliff’s site, and built my first one about a year ago. Very crude, but it served its purpose.
     




    A little later on, I tried again, this time incorporating an actual switched single voltage bus, this one came out a little better, but still a mess of wires in your case.

     


     



    Definitely the way to go is a manufactured baybus with a printed circuit board. With them being mass produced now, the prices have come way down. Today we’re looking at what Xoxide has to offer on the Baybus front.


     




    Packaging and Contents:

    This baybus comes packaged in a tube, with the actual unit wrapped in bubble wrap. The tube keeps everything nice and safe. You get the baybus, a drilling template, six led holders, and a “Y” splitter molex cable.

     


     






     




    Installation:

    The instruction sheet provided gives pretty good details on mounting the baybus to you 5 ¼” face plate. Attach the plexi template to the front of the face plate with the tape already on the template. Drill out the holes using a ¼” drill bit. Make sure you go slow enough so the bit does the cutting, but not so fast that it melts your face plate.

     





    After drilling, clean up the holes so there are no burrs left on the outside so the mounting hardware lays flat. On the back of the face plate, you have to trim the plastic reinforcements so the unit lays flush against the face plate as well.

     

      

     

    Once the holes are drilled and cleaned, you just insert the LED holders, and mount the Baybus through the holes you just drilled. Secure the Baybus down with the nuts on the switches.

     




    Once the Baybus is installed on the face plate, just wire your fans to the proper terminals (each are numbered, and marked “Red” and “Black”), and pop the whole unit back into your case.

     


     

     

    The unit wired up as tested..

     




    Here is the finished product.  There are four images each displaying the unit with the different switch positions and lighting changes as a result.
     

     

          

     


     

     

    As you can see thru the door of my case, this thing puts off just enough light to look hella cool to boot!

     



               


     

    Let's take a look at performance and what the actual differences we saw when dropping the voltage to 7v in our test system.  Head over to page 2 (final page) to see the results and the conclusion...

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