The Top, Bottom and Rear Panels

The buttons and connectors of this case are located on its top panel, as shown in Figure 7. The Hoplite comes with an eSATA port, two USB 2.0 ports, and the traditional audio jacks.

Enermax Hoplite caseFigure 7: Buttons and connectors

The top panel of the Enermax Hoplite can be seen in Figure 8. It supports two 120 mm or 140 mm fans and comes with an air filter, which is overkill, since the top fans work blowing air from inside the computer to the outside, and thus the chance of dust coming in from the top panel is minimal.

One of the highlights of the Hoplite is the presence of an SSD/hard drive dock on the top panel (see small slot in Figure 8). In Figure 9 we show a 3.5” hard drive installed in this dock.

Enermax Hoplite caseFigure 8: Top panel

Enermax Hoplite caseFigure 9: Hard drive installed in the dock

The bottom panel, seen in Figure 10, has an air filter for the power supply fan, which is easy to be removed from outside the case.

Enermax Hoplite caseFigure 10: Bottom panel

The rear panel and the interior of the Enermax Hoplite are painted black. The power supply is installed on the bottom part of the case, and it comes with seven expansion slots with vented covers. A small mesh is available to improve the ventilation of the case. Two holes protected by rubber covers are available for hoses of liquid cooling solutions and a small square hole also protected by a rubber cover is available at the top part of the rear panel, and this hole should be used in the case you want to install the SATA connectors of the eSATA or the SSD/hard drive dock to an eSATA port located at the rear panel of the motherboard. One 120 mm fan is available on the rear panel using a standard peripheral power connector.

Enermax Hoplite caseFigure 11: Rear panel

Let’s now take a look inside the Enermax Hoplite.

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.