Enermax Hoplite Mid Tower Case Review

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Internal Impressions of the Hoplite

Enermax Hoplite Mid Tower

Pulling the side panel off we can see there is a fair bit of room in the Hoplite for a mid-tower. The Hoplite can accommodate video cards up to 315mm (13.77”) long and CPU coolers up to 178mm tall.

Enermax Hoplite Mid Tower

Looking closer at the 5.25” bays they are tool-less. The thumb screws are attached to the bay, but can be slid independently of one another to be put where you want.

Enermax Hoplite Mid Tower

In the center is the internal hard drive cage.

Enermax Hoplite Mid Tower

Inside is room for four 3.5” hard drives and two 2.5” hard drives.

Enermax Hoplite Mid Tower

There are slide stops in the back of the cage to keep the drive from sliding in too far. The drive is held in place by pressure put on it from fingers molded into both the shelves and the cage door. When the cage door is closed the drive cannot move.

Enermax Hoplite Mid Tower

At the bottom is the hot swap drive cage. On the back of the cage is the hot swap back plane. The back plane is powered by a single molex connector; each drive also has its own SATA connector. The back plane also has two 3 pin fan headers. The front intake fan comes connected to one of the two. You may also notice there is no fan for the hot swap bay either, so air flow for the drives will be limited.

Enermax Hoplite Mid Tower

The hot swap trays lock into the dive cage with a locking arm that acts like a cam and pushes the drive into the backplane.

Enermax Hoplite Mid Tower

The specs say the hot swap bays are 3.5” only, but the trays look to have 2.5” mounting holes as well.

Enermax Hoplite Mid Tower

In the front of the tray are 3 holes that allow air to flow through the drive tray. Since there is no fan on the cage itself, it will rely on the case exhaust fans to pull the air though the cage.

Enermax Hoplite Mid Tower

At the rear we can see the expansion slot covers and the rear exhaust fan. The fan is powered by a 4 pin connector.

Enermax Hoplite Mid Tower

Up in the top rear corner of the motherboard tray is a hole that can be used for running wiring like the USB3 cable to the rear of the case and the rear exhaust fan power cable behind the motherboard tray.

Enermax Hoplite Mid Tower

Removing the top bezel we can see the top fan mounts and the drive dock PCB.

Enermax Hoplite Mid Tower

The drive docking station PCB has standard connection on it so removing the stock cable to be sleeved or even hooking your own cables to it will be easy.

Enermax Hoplite Mid Tower

Around on the right we can get a good look at the back of the motherboard tray. The tray has a very large CPU cutout so the chance you can’t get to the back of your CPU socket is very low. There are also several wire routing holes. The space between the back of the motherboard tray and the side panel is fairly tight.

Enermax Hoplite Mid Tower

At back of the drive cage there is plenty of room for drive connections and power cables.

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