STEIGER DYNAMICS ERA (Intel i7-9700K + NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti) Review 30

STEIGER DYNAMICS ERA (Intel i7-9700K + NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti) Review

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A look Inside

Popping open the system is quick and easy. Just remove two thumb screws, slide the top panel back, and gently lift it off. Keep in mind that the fan for the CPU heatsink is attached to the panel, so be sure to unplug it before moving the panel aside. Taking a closer look, the CPU cooler is a five heat pipe design in a top-flow style that is cooled via a Raijintek 140 mm x 13 mm fan. It is also plain to see that Steiger takes noise seriously as there is a liberal amount of sound dampening foam throughout the insides of the chassis.

The graphics card gets some fresh air via a large vented opening on the bottom of the case, along with a bit of extra airflow from a 1200 RPM Noctua NF-R8 redux fan. Meanwhile, the graphics card itself is connected to the motherboard through a PCIe extension and 90° adapter. It takes a bit of gentle coaxing, but removing the graphics card isn't too difficult. Doing so will give you easier access to the M.2 slot on the motherboard and the Samsung 970 EVO occupying the slot.

Removing the system memory is possible without removing the CPU cooler, but takes a bit of gently coaxing.

Gaining access to the storage drive is a bit of a hassle with this chassis design. The optical drive completely blocks access and requires removal in order to access the system's second SSD. Once the Blu-ray drive has been removed, which you can do in a couple of different ways, I simply used my iFixit screwdriver kit to remove the optical drive directly. You can then see the second Samsung SSD, which is buried under various cables. Suffice it to say, gaining access to this storage drive isn't easy or straightforward. While it is an understandable limitation, it would be nice to see a more intuitive way to gain access to the system's mass storage drive.

Finally, taking a closer look at some of the components, you will see that Steiger opted for 16 GB (2x 8 GB) of G.Skill Aegis 3000 MHz DDR4 with 16-18-18-38 timings. The OS is installed on a Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500 GB NVMe SSD. The graphics card is an ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Turbo featuring a blower-style cooler. While this is good for getting heat out of the chassis, it will be interesting to see how loud the system is considering its limited air intake, but improved sound dampening.
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