Now that weíve got the machine put together, the next thing we need to do is power it on. I do this for the first time on my workbench without even plugging in a monitor. If there is something I forgot or connected incorrectly, the machine will let me know with a number of error beeps (assuming Iíve hooked the internal speaker up correctly).
In this case, everything was good to go. Hereís a couple of pics of the machines first power-up, with the LED fans all lit up.
The two LED fans give off a nice red glow, but not nearly enough to illuminate the case from the inside. Now that weíve got the case done, we can put the side back on.
The above pic is from inside the door. Iíve put two arrows on it, so I could point out two things of interest. In the beginning of the review, I stated that the PSU cables and the XG box could just shake around freely inside the case. As you can see by the arrow on the left, there is some scuffing on the inside of the window. It does not seem to be a common practice with MGE to put a protective film on the inside of their windows, as other case manufacturers do. This causes these windows to be susceptible to scrapes and blemishes before the end user even opens the box. This has been a problem with this case and the XG Dragon case I reviewed a couple of months ago.
The arrow on the right points to the silver grill on the inside of the case. This grill is perforated to allow airflow, and with a little customization might be possible to mount an intake fan to it. Again, with a little more design work, that could easily become a nice feature of this case.
As you can see here, Iím peeling the protective film from the outside of the window. Note again the perforated flaring to the left of the window, and how clearly you can see inside the case. From this angle, you cannot see the scuffing on the inside of the window.
Hereís a picture of the XG Viper 2 case next to its more expensive big brother, the XG Dragon case. The Viper 2 is a full 3-4 inches shorter than the Dragon, though itís hard to tell from this angle.
Hereís a couple more pictures of the two cases, with the lights on and off, to show the lighting effects:
As you can tell, the Dragon has much more of a presence from the light. The two red LED fans in the Viper do very little to illuminate the insides of the case. To be fair, though, the Dragon case has an additional mod kit installed, which assists in the internal illumination of the case.
Hereís a shot of the front of the case while its powered on. This is, in all honesty, my favorite part of the case. The two blue lights on either side resemble narrowed snake eyes, and the mesh part behind the LED panel looks like an open mouth. From this view, you can also see the red glow of the front intake fan from under the LED panel.
The LED panel itself is a cool piece as well. It can show you the current uptime of your computer, or the actual time of day. In addition, it can show you the temperature of your CPU (using a probe you insert into the heat sink) in Fahrenheit or Celsius, as well as up to 3 fan speeds. The front and back fans are already wired into this, and there is a third fan plug inside for adding a possible third. You can even set a temperature alarm to go off when your CPU reaches a temperature you program into the front panel. The only thing I donít like about the LED panel is the flashing; the picture of the Viperís head flashes every half second. Maybe this would not be so annoying if it was the HDD activity indicator, but it is not. The dragon on the Dragon case also has the same annoying behavior.
Speaking of the HDD activity indicator, that is located in the Ďeyeí on the right. There is a really dim light that flashes in there when the HDD is active. If you keep this case on your desk, you might be able to see it, but in my opinion, itís not noticeable enough.
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