Removing the side panels reveals not only the innards of the case, but the polycarbonate layer on the side panel. The polycarbonate layer is found on both side panels and the top panel and is used to help reduce noise.
Towards the front of the case are the four 3.5” drive bays, which are to be installed vertically. The hard drive rails are built into the case and can be removed by a thumbscrew securing them in place.
Above that are the three external drive bays. You can see that there are no screw holes; we’ll see how they are installed later on in the review.
Towards the rear of the case are the seven expansion card slots with reusable cover, the I/O slot and 120mm TriCool™ 3-speed switch control exhaust fan.
The Sonata Elite comes equipped with a large parts box which includes all of the necessary hardware, product overview guide, 3.5” to 5.25” bay adapter, and the 120mm exhaust blower.