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Building With The Enermax Fulmo GT

Four 10-Slot Cases For Four-Way SLI, Tested And Reviewed
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If you remember back to In Pictures: Four 10-Slot Cases For Your Super-Sized Build, the Fulmo reminded us of a pedestal server. Well, a set of wheels adds to that impression, while separately labeled screw packs simplify hardware installation.

The Fulmo GT’s ten hard drive trays support both 3.5” and 2.5” drives using included screws. Open tray tops, a slotted drive cage with spaces between trays, and a 180 mm intake fan improve drive cooling beyond some of the other enclosures we've seen.

A drop-down pin latch secures 5.25” external drives without screws, while a slide latch locks the drive latch in the closed position.

Two circuit boards connect fan LED and power cables to front-panel controllers. There are more LED connections than power connections, though. As such, it’s impossible to manually control the speed of all the included fans from the front-panel controller without using a three-pin splitter cable, which is not included.

Then again, we’re not even sure the fan speed controller is capable of supporting the added current of two fans connected to a three-pin splitter, since we only test cases using manufacturer-supplied parts. Since we weren’t able to adjust all fans simultaneously, we evaluated this case’s cooling potential using its highest fan speed setting.

Designed for gigantic HPTX motherboards, the Fulmo GT provides plenty of space around our fairly large XL-ATX motherboard. A second power supply bay above the board could just as easily provide space for a stacked pair of triple-fan radiators with six fans mounted in a push-pull configuration.

The LED controller allows the Enermax Fulmo GT to go from classy and understated to flashy and overstated at the push of a button. Apart from its enormous size, just one little switch totally changes this chassis' personality, suited it to home use and LAN parties.

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    dizzy_davidh , 19 November 2011 12:14
    Just 4 cases really? How about throwing in an award winning Lian-Li case or two to really show-up the plastic'ey competition.
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    dizzy_davidh , 19 November 2011 12:23
    to explain further take a look at the Lian-li PC-P80N (11 card slots), PCZ-70 (11 card slots), PC-V2120 (10 card slots), PC-90 (11 card slots)... the list goes on. all fabulous cases with superior cooling technology, drive capacity customisation as well as easy to assemble with tool-less access to all areas of the unit and as feature tricked-out as you can get!
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    Anonymous , 19 November 2011 16:32
    Where can I buy the Fulmo GT in England, or Europe for that matter?
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    Anonymous , 19 November 2011 18:55
    Why are all cases so damn ugly? I want more 'Apple' and less 'Mad Max inspired hunks of ugly plastic that appeal to 12 year olds'. Who designs these monstrosities?
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    Sledd , 21 November 2011 01:52
    I agree, these are pretty ugly, especially for their price. There seems to a severe lack of decent looking cases without useless features that either don't have garish designs or have horrible front covers.

    Apple have the right idea with the appearance of their cases but from what I have, the insides are rather cramped for space.

    It would be nice if there was a manufacturer that produced plain but nice looking cases.

    I would love for there to be a case that had a single power button on the front, just had a few removable 3.5" bays (I would like to move to using PCI-e solid state storage when it becomes cheaper), no 5.25" bays and no removable slot covers (I haven't used optical drives in years) and fan vents only at the back.
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    icemaz , 21 November 2011 02:50
    The thing that you guys missed about the Thermaltake BWS is that you can mount the PSU upside down on the top so it takes in air from the top and not the heated air inside the case.

    I discovered this soon after I bought the case.

    It made a huge difference in temps coming out of the PSU.
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    icemaz , 21 November 2011 02:52
    Also, the Thermaltake can use a 240mm rad on the bottom and a 120mm rad on the exhaust. The bottom 240mm rad can also do push/pull with a normal ATX mother board.

    I had this setup personally.

    No idea where you guys are coming from trying to say it won't fit a 240mm rad haha.
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    ps3hacker12 , 21 November 2011 05:42
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    Perhaps that’s why the price range was packed so closely at $170-230


    ...really $60? that could buy you two more cases...
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    Anonymous , 22 November 2011 17:25
    no lian li pc-x2000... ???