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After opening up the box, you are presented with another box containing a software CD, a manual, and the power adapter. Underneath that box lies the VIA ARTiGO A2000, which is neatly wrapped to protect it against possible scratches. The style of packaging closely resembles that of regular chassis: take the case and surround it by foam. This type of packaging generally provides adequate protection against possible mishaps that happen during shipping.

A Closer Look

Now that we have take the ARTiGO A2000 out of the box, it is time to get to the heart of things. If you thought that all we were going to do is take some RAM and a Hard Drive and show you how to mount them then you were wrong. Obviously when we are presented a barebone system it is always fun to poke at the internals and find out just exactly what these systems are made of. We did just that. First of all I would like to direct your attention to the picture of the Hard drive ports. These two ports are SATA II so they are fully 3.0 Gb/s compliant. The user can set these drives to RAID 0 or RAID 1 through the bios. As seen in the picture, the NSD7200-A is just a sort of power/data break out kit for the hard drives. The hard drives plug into the NSD 7200-A and are powered directly by the power power supply without the going through the motherboard.

As seen in the pictures above, the front panel clips on to the aluminum part of the chassis using plastic hinges. After multiple uses, these hinges might become worn and the front panel might become lose. To minimize this, you will have to disassemble the outer enclosure to get access to the back side of the front panel and carefully unhook the plastic clips instead of just ripping the front panel off. The hard drives are held in place by the skeleton of the chassis.

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