The Flex-Bay System
Almost every case on the market today has a fixed structure at the front of the case - maybe four or five 5.25" bays on top, a 3.5" bay below that and a HDD cage below that. What if that layout doesn't work for you? What the Flex-Bay System allows you to do is create your own personal layout for the front of the case.
The Flex-Bay area is located in the front of the case, and consists of a series of 5.25’’ bays that are not only limited to 5.25’’ devices. When all the covers are removed a single large open space is visible allowing the following Items to be mounted anywhere up or down within the Flex-Bay area:
- Optical drives
- Fan controllers
- 120mm Fans
- Bay reservoirs
- 3.5’’ bay devices
- Bay reservoir/pump combos
- HDDs and SSDs
These are the available mounts that are used to install all of the above items in the Flex-Bay.
- Flex-Bay 5.25 Device Mount – Standard (MAC-125)
General purpose mounting bracket for 5.25 devices (Two or Four sets included with all cases - please see Case Product Discription)
- Flex-Bay 5.25 Device Mount – Short (MAC-158)
Shortened general purpose mounting bracket for 5.25 devices. Good for shorter devices like fan controllers, and provides a clean professional look.
- Flex-bay 5.25 Device Mount - Standard Adjustable (MAC-212)
General purpose adjustable mounting bracket for 5.25 devices. Used for devices that doesn’t meet the standard 5.25" bay spec, and don't sit flush with the front of the case.
- Flex-bay 5.25 Device Mount - Short Adjustable (MAC-213)
Shortened general purpose adjustable mounting bracket for 5.25 devices. Used for devices that doesn’t meet the standard 5.25" bay spec, and don't sit flush with the front of the case.
- Flex-Bay 5.25 Device Mount - Standard Anti-Vibration (MAC-126)
Anti-vibration version of the standard mount for 5.25 devices. These are ideal for optical drives.
- Flex-Bay 5.25 Device Mount - Short HD Anti-Vibration (MAC-204)
Anti-vibration HD (Heavy duty) mounts that are ideal for bay dual bay reservoir/pump combos. Uses 2 bays.
- Flex-Bay 5.25 Device Mount - Short HD (MAC-159)
Shortened HD (Heavy Duty) mounts for dual bay 5.25 devices. Uses two bays.
- Flex-Bay 5.25 Device Mount - HD (MAC-127)
HD (Heavy Duty) 5.25 device mounts ideal for large bay reservoirs. Uses two bays.
- Flex-Bay 3.5'' Device Adapter (MAC-151)
Allows for a 3.5’’ device to be mounted in the Flex-Bays
- Fan Mount (120mm) - Flex-Bay (MAC-113)
Mounts a 120mm fan in the Flex-Bays. Rubber bushings help isolate vibration to the chassis. Uses 3 bays.
- 120.x Flex-Bay Radiator Mounts
Allows for 120.X radiators to be mounted in the Flex-Bays. Rubber bushings help to isolate vibration to the chassis.
120.2 - Uses 7-8 bays depending on radiator and placement.
120.3 - Uses 9-10 bays depending on radiator and placement.
120.4 – Uses 12-13 bays depending on radiator and placement.
120.3 Flex-Bay mount shown
120.3 Flex-Bay Radiator mount shown in a M8 case
- HDD cage assembly- Flex-Bay (MAC-102) and SSD mount (MAC-124)
Provision for 120mm fan, and fits up to 4 HDDs and up to 8 SSDs with optional SSD kits (not included). Drives are double isolated to minimize vibration. Shock mount screws (set of 16) and thumb screws are included. Uses 3 bays
This is how the Flex-Bay mounts are attached within the Flex-Bay.
Once the front cover and all the Flex-Bay covers are removed, a large open space is visible. Along the inside of the Flex-Bay you will notice a series of guide pins that are used as reference points for each individual bay. The Flex-Bay mounts have guide pin holes that are used to locate each device mount in the bay, and it is secured with thumbscrews from the front. The Images below are of a SM8 case.
Devices can all be mounted anywhere up or down the Flex-Bay within minutes. Here are just a few examples of different configurations that be done