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Product : Stacker STC-T01
Company : Cooler Master
Author : Mark 'Ratchet' Thorne
Editor : Robin 'roki' Kim
Date : June 18th, 2004

Motherboard Installation

One feature I've been missing from some of my recent cases is the removable motherboard tray. Thanks in part to companies like Cooler Master, the idea is once again coming back in fashion.

Far from being Tool-Free, the CM Stacker motherboard tray is secured by no less than 15 screws;, eight on the back and seven more on the right side of the case. Because of the position of the tray within the case and, presumably, the ability for it to convert between ATX and BTX (I honestly think the removable motherboard tray is a "happy accident" of the cases ability to convert), the motherboard tray is not on a sliding track but is removed from the right side once all 15 of the screws holding it in place are taken out. There's nothing holding the tray in the case besides those screws either, so if you remove the last screw when the case is vertical without a good grasp, the motherboard tray will free fall three or four inches to the bottom of the case. Certainly a scary proposition if you have a thousand bucks or more of fragile computer parts attached to it.

The tray itself is built from 1.0mm SECC steel and reinforced with large, thick aluminium brackets and is without a question the strongest motherboard tray I have worked with. Another nice touch on the tray which is also found in other places throughout the entire case is the use of stainless steel threaded inserts instead of the simple threaded holes for mounting the motherboard stand-offs. These inserts are much more resistant to thread wear than a simple threaded hole would be and actually add nicely to the aesthetics of the case as well.
Aluminum Brackets
Aluminum Brackets
Motherboard Tray
Motherboard Tray
Stainless Steel Inserts
Stainless Steel Inserts
Once the tray is out, installing the motherboard onto it requires only a socket-driver and a not-so-strong hand.



Motherboard Installed
Motherboard Installed

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