Sharkoon REX8 Value Chassis Review




/ 8 years ago

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The front of the chassis has a meshed design with 8 bays, the first bay is taken up with 4 x USB 2.0 and the headset/microphone sockets, the next four bays are fitted with re-usable covers and can hold 4 x 5.25″ drives, the rest are locked in place and act as the main air intake for the front mounted fans.

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The front panel is very well equipped, we have six USB ports in total (2 x USB 3.0 + 4 x USB 2.0) that should serve up more than enough ports for controllers, headsets, flash drives and other devices.

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The left side of the chassis is held in place with two quick release thumb screws and also features a plastic handle to assist with removing the panel from the chassis. As you can clearly see it also features a large, vertical, tinted window that should provide an excellent view of our components once the system is complete.

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The right side features a recessed panel that will provide us with room for some cable management, it also looks pretty cool and it’s nice to see a chassis that doesn’t just feature a blank panel on this side. The right side panel is also held in place with two quick release thumb screws with a plastic pull handle, just like the left side panel.

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Around the back of the chassis we have a pre-installed 120mm exhaust fan, or you can swap it out for an 80mm thanks to the pre-cut mounting holes. Further down the chassis we have 7 expansion slots, each fitted with re-usable and ventilated covers. To the right of those we have three water/cable routing holes in a vertical arrangement and a few extra ventilation holes. Lastly we have a bottom mounted PSU cut-out.

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The underside of the chassis comes fitted with four rubber feet that should provide just enough clearance for the PSU air intake, which comes fitted with a basic slot-in piece of mesh dust filter, not the best filter ever as it can be a pain to remove and re-install, but certainly much better than no air filter at all.

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