Closer Look: Erazer X700 Interior
The Erazer X700 side panels are held on with two easily-removed thumb screws. This computer uses a “reverse ATX” configuration, with the motherboard mounted on the opposite side of the computer than you might expect. Removing the right side panel and the video card brace reveals a tangle of cables hanging above a custom Lenovo micro-ATX LGA2011 motherboard. If you want to upgrade, there’s room in the case for a full sized ATX motherboard, and there are 8 slot openings.
The Intel Core-i7 3820 CPU is liquid cooled with an unbranded cooler. A separate fan provides cooling for the voltage regulators near the CPU socket.
These two open 5.25″ bays are just below the hot swap bays. Any standard 5.25″ device will fit, but you’ll have to wire it up yourself.
Our review unit came with Windows 8 installed on a 128GB Samsung 840 SSD, with a Seagate Barracuda 1TB drive providing additional storage. There are two 3.5″ bays open below the 1TB drive, but again, you’ll be responsible for wiring up anything you install there. A blue-LED 120mm fan at the front of the case pushes air through the 3.5″ drive bays to keep things cool.
The standard water cooler is mounted with the fan in a “pull” configuration, exhausting air from the rear of the case.
The micro-ATX motherboard has two PCI-E x16 slots and two x1 slots. The last x1 slot houses a tiny Realtek 802.11 b/g/n wireless LAN card. You’d need to remove this card to use a double-slot video card in the open x16 slot
Let’s take a look at Erazer X700’s included software in the next section.