- Why is the Anti-Static Mat first?
- Enter Eisplateau
Why is the Anti-Static Mat first?
After the last post laid out the list of parts, one might assume that the next post would be putting the case itself together.
I did (make that assumption).
However, it occurred to me that it would be better to cover the mat first, since I planned on using it to protect the desk during the build.
On my last build, I just laid a bath towel on the dining room table. That didn’t work out so well. It kept sliding around and only provided minor abrasion resistance. This time I wanted to do something a little nicer.
AKA Ice Plateau, according to Google Translate.
The mat comes rolled inside a box. It’s inside a plastic sleeve (easy peel, no scissors) and has two pieces of foam on the BACK side of the connectors. That last point is important because I realized that could still damage the desk.
Once unrolled, it takes up a large portion of the desk at 120 x 60 cm (about 47” x 24”).
The material is very flexible and falls nicely. It’s pretty thick as well, which gives me some comfort if parts hit it.
When I was done taking photos, I did try to put it back into the sleeve and eventually gave up on that. It fits in it easily enough, but the material does not slide well enough to make it a simple task – which is a good thing, as stated earlier.
The surface of the mat is covered with informational displays. Let’s take a closer look at them.
Power Supply Connector:
Vandalism Wiring Guide
Fan Hole Spacing Chart
Tubing Size Chart
Radiator Size and Holes
Sorry about the lump under there – there’s a cable coming out of the desk grommet, and it is currently laying under the mat.
Pump Socket Mounting Holes (and the Ruler)
Compression Fitting Sizes (Ruler cont.)
Last, but not least…
I’m sure more substantive comments will follow as I begin to use the mat. As of now, it’s mostly an unboxing. A few key things I look forward to using it for including bending the pipe, assembling the radiator and prepping the motherboard. If it can protect the components and protect my desk, then I think it was well worth the investment.