Assembly and Installation
To start off the assembly process the feet and switches need to be installed. The EasyXL test bench features two vandal proof switches with glowing rings around the buttons. The wires for the switches have been sleeved and the ends of the sleeve have been finished with heat shrink tubing. The connectors are covered as to prevent an accidental short across the terminals.
Next up the switches and the instructions are not real clear however, it really doesn’t matter as long as you know where the other end should plug into on the motherboard. The red/black pair are used for the LEDs in the switches and the yellow wires are for the actual switch.
Next feel the wires and the switches through the holes in the front of the EasyXL Test Bench. The powder coat may make the fit a little tight, but they will go in. Take the included lock nut and screw it down on the back side.
The two “special” screws mentioned earlier in the article are used to mount the expansion card bracket and is secured by using one of the standard thumb bolts under the top panel of the EasyXL Test Bench.
Next up is the host bracket. This is used to keep the hoses orderly when using water cooling on the EasyXL Test Bench. There are a few different places where this bracket can mount depending on your set up.
The next thing on the list to install are the stand offs. There are more than enough stand offs to support practically all the ATX boards on the market. The holes are not marked, so you will need to make sure the stand offs are in the correct locations for the board being mounted.
I mounted two sizes of ATX boards to the EasyXL Test Bench to demonstrate how large this test bench is. The 1st is a full size ATX board from ECS. With that board installed you can see there’s still plenty of room to move around. Next I installed a mATX board and, well it’s tiny sitting atop the test bench.
Finally, the pump mount that is included. I didn’t use this part in my review as I don’t have a pump to mount. DimasTech lists out the pumps that will mount specifically to the pump support however, with as many mounting options that are available others may be compatible as well.
The 5.5″ bay is shown here with an Asus Blu-Ray drive. Depending on your mounting preference you may have to remove the 3.25″ bay as clearance between the two can be a bit tight and you might not be able to get your hand between them to secure the thumbscrews.
Rubber grommets are used to isolate hard drive vibrations. Install the grommets and then attach the hard drive with the drive screws.
The only issue that I had with the EasyXL Test Bench was the thumb screws were too tall. In some cases it may interfere with a graphics card installation. As you can see in this picture, the motherboard mounting hole is right inline with the 1st PCI-E slot. The graphics card had a piece of the PCB that hit this screw and would not allow the card to fully seat. The second screw in the picture did not have an issue.