Musketeer 2 LLC-U03
by David, 17 March 2004
new Musketeer 2 comes with three analogue displays. Two are for
displaying audio intensity for both the left and right stereo channels
whereas the remaining analogue dial displays HDD activity levels.
two sound level adjusters do not actually adjust sound intensity,
but rather adjust the sensivity of both analogue dials for the left
and right stereo channels to the sound output from your sound card.
This particular feature is lost on users who have speaker setups
greater than the 2.1 configuration though.
activity comes via the HDD LED connector from your motherboard.
CoolerMaster provides a set of cables which allows you to pass the
HDD activity signal through the Musketeer 2, and back out to the
HDD LED indicator on your case, so that both the HDD analogue dial
and LED on your case will react when there is any HDD activity going
experienced computer enthusiasts, connecting the HDD activity cables
should be easy and hassle free. New users however might run into
a snag, as the instructions in the manual for that particular part
of installation can get confusing.
also provides a set of pass through cables for the stereo channel
monitoring function. A PCI backplate with the proper wiring runs
two cables to the Musketeer 2; one for each channel. The backplate
has two ports, one to connect your speakerconnector to, and the
other to connect to your sound card's speaker output.
CoolerMaster touts color changeability as one of the major features
Musketeer2, its only natural that they provide a means to change
the color of the analogue dial backlighting. You have an option
of using a PCI-slot switch, or a 3.5" bay insert with a chrome
switch mounted dead center. As always, the finish is excellent and
the inserts should fit in well with just about any case. The 3.5"
bay insert's color matches that of the Musketeer2, so if you have
a silver unit, the drive bay insert will be silver as well.
a quick look at how everything hooks up together. Having so many
cables hanging out of one spot might add a wee bit of a headache
to enthusiasts who prefer a neat and tidy interior, as extra effort
to rerout and hide the cable mess is definitely necessary.