Alphacool USB-Display



One of the most important things to me when modifying my pride and joy is how many hours of the day am I looking at losing? This is why it is important for manufacturers to create products that can be installed with minimal effort and hassle and with the least amount of tools and knowledge. This is something I am glad to say Alphacool have pulled off nicely. It took me more time to remove the drive bay fascias in preparation for the screen's fitting than it took to actually install the screen itself.

Some pictures of the drive installation:

back of screen

Side of screen

With the Alphacool screen, as with nearly all screens, the USB cable needs to be routed through the case and out through a PCI slot or other such hole to gain access to a USB port. As I did not want to remove a PCI plate I have wired the screen internally using a motherboard header. This is purely through my preference and I should point out that the cable reaches through the case easily.

One issue that became apparent during the fitting of the screen is its size. The front of the screen is fractionally too small, leaving a gap about 1.5 mm all around the screen.



This is not a major problem in any way but on an internally lit case this gap is extremely visible. This could be rectified quite easily by the purchaser or by Alphacool by the fitting of some sort of rubber trim but we don't all have this sort of thing lying around, nor do we expect to have to modify products straight out of the box.

Once the screen was installed I set about getting everything installed and running, on the next page we shall see how it all ties together with the Software...

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