Cooltek W2 Review
Up Close: Exterior Rear, Base and Stripped
In contrast to the rest of the exterior, the rear of the W2 is a very busy place indeed. As this is a split interior design, the rear is set out quite differently to an standard tower case. Starting at the top right hand corner we have a pair of rubber grommeted external water-cooling pass through holes, below which there's a fan grill for the included 120mm white bladed fan. To the left of the fan we have the standard rear I/O cut out. Further down the right hand side of the case there are no less than 8 chromed vented PCI slot covers, a hint that this case is able to accept Motherboards larger than the standard ATX. The PSU is situated on it's side in the bottom left hand corner of the case, above which there is an area of what at first view appears to be simple additional ventilation
Zooming in a little closer we see that one of these ventilation panels is in fact removable and just happens to be the mount for a rear 5.25" drive. we might bang on about how optical media is dead, but at the end of the day there are still plenty out there who use it, if only occasionally, and it is with this in mind that Cooltek have mounted the drive discreetly out of the way rather than ruining the stunning lines of the front of the case. Zooming in further still we spy a very discrete 3 position fan switch. Again, a nice touch although it might be hard to get at once your fan speeds are set up to your liking you shouldn't need to be perennially fiddling with them, and if your the sort that likes to fiddle with fan speeds then we're guessing that already you don't like this case anyway.
Although they're not visible thanks to the Aluminium skirts on the case corners, the W2 stands on four good sized rubber capped feet. The Motherboard side of the case also has a full length filtered area with screw holes that make it look suspiciously like ti might be able to accept variable inter-screw pitch 240mm radiators.
The 2mm thick Aluminium front is removed by a few gentle tugs at its base revealing a pair of filtered 140mm fans underneath. There's also space on the right hand side to add in an 80mm fan if you would like to add some additional cooling to the HDD/PSU area. Of note is that the Aluminium front panel is fitted with three strengthening struts to give it additional rigidity.