PC Chassis Enermax Fulmo ST ECA3270 Review

Enermax, one of the outstanding players in the PSU and cooling market, has recently paid great attention to the development of other hardware pieces, including chassis and cases. Its Fulmo series vindicates that the company has plenty of shot in the locker to beat competitors and marvel customers. Enermax Fulmo ST ECA3270 is probably the most interesting model within the series, with a bit strict, aristocratic design but rich internal layout. But, is that truly so? Let’s find it out.



Design Peculiarities


First of all, it should be mentioned that Fulmo ST ECA3270 comes in two color variations: black and dark-gray. Color is not the only feature that diverges the couple, since black version is furnished with fan backlights. Upon the whole, the model is designed in mid-tower standard and features 244x485x513 mm dimensions. The frontal facet is covered by a steel grid, which hides a non-removable air filter. The facet is blind, except for three grid-like plugs for 5.25-inch …

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There are only three video outputs, as opposed to the reference, but all of full-size — DVI-I, HDMI and DisplayPort. The exact code name of the model looks like following «GK104HA-D32». Information on the frequencies is unknown so far. The presence of mini-PCIe slot for connecting the mains board PowerKit is generally an indirect sign of a factory overclock and overclocking orientation of …
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