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DimasTech EasyXL Test Bench Review

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Assembly and Installation

DSC_0839To 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.

 

DSC_0844To get the assembly started, the four rubber feet need to be screwed into the frame. Take each foot and screw them into each of the four holes on the perimeter of the frame.

 

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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.

 

DSC_0858Next 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.

 

DSC_0918The 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.

 

DSC_0919Next 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.

DSC_0921The 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.

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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.

 

DSC_0929The stand offs provided elevate the motherboard a good distance off of the top tray. This makes it very easy to swap out coolers as well as connecting cables, SATA cables for example.

 

DSC_0949By removing the six thumb screws on each side of the EasyXL Test Bench the bottom shelf can be removed. This facilitates easy installation of the components.

DSC_0934The power supply bracket is extremely simple. Slide the power supply in and attach it using four of the thumb screws provided.

DSC_0943Here is the 5.5″ bay included with the EasyXL Test Bench.

DSC_0942And here’s the 3.25″ bay for the EasyXL Test Bench.

DSC_0939Finally, 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.

DSC_0946Here, the power supply is mounted and installed into the chassis. With all the openness of the EasyXL Test Bench it makes it very quick and easy to get things going.

DSC_0950The 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.

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Rubber grommets are used to isolate hard drive vibrations. Install the grommets and then attach the hard drive with the drive screws.

 

DSC_08042The 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.

 

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Tom Brokaw

Tom is a network and computer hardware enthusiast. He has been reviewing hardware products around for various sites around the net since 1999. He has modded a few cases back in the day.

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