The Bottom and Rear Panels

The bottom panel, seen in Figure 12, has an air intake for the power supply fan. An air filter is available inside the case. The location of this air filter is not the best, because you will need to remove your power supply whenever you need to clean it. It would be better if Enermax had put this filter outside the case.

Enermax SpineRex caseFigure 12: Bottom panel

The feet of the case can be rotated 90°, so you can choose between having the feet showing or hidden.

The rear panel and the interior of the Enermax SpineRex are painted black. The power supply is installed on the bottom part of the case, and the case comes with seven expansion slots. Here is one of the main drawbacks of this case. It could easily have eight or even nine expansion slots, as we will show in the next page. The covers for the expansion slots aren’t vented, but we don’t think this is an issue on this particular product, since there are several ventilation meshes on its rear panel.

The reviewed case doesn’t come with the rear 120 mm fan. This is another major drawback, unless you are planning to use a liquid cooling system that requires you to install the radiator on the space originally reserved for the rear 120 mm fan.

A major problem with this case is that it doesn’t have a specific hole for you to route the USB 3.0 cable to the rear panel. This hole, if it existed, should be placed near the motherboard rear panel – above the mesh for the 120 mm fan, for example. You can use one of the four holes for liquid cooling solutions that are available. However, since the cable must be installed on the motherboard rear panel, you will have this cable in front of your expansion cards, which may be inconvenient.

Enermax SpineRex caseFigure 13: Rear panel

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


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.