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The Front Panel

The front panel of the HEC Blitz has eight external 5.25” bays, and the bottom three come with the hard drive cage installed, leaving five bays available. All eight bays have meshed covers with air filters.

HEC Blitz caseFigure 4: Front panel

The hard drive cage comes with a 120 mm sleeve bearing fan attached to it (Young Lin DFS122512L, 1,200 rpm, 50.92 cfm, 25.29 dBA), which glows blue when turned on. This fan uses a three-pin power connector, so you can install it on your motherboard and monitor its speed.

HEC Blitz caseFigure 5: Front fan

On the top part of the front panel, the Blitz comes with two USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA port, and the traditional audio jacks.

HEC Blitz caseFigure 6: Buttons and connectors

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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.