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-- Posted by: GideonX
-- Posted on: 2001-08-23
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I utilized the removable 3.5" drive cage to install the floppy and hard drive. I managed to screw in the hard drive backwards the first time around. Took only about 2 minutes to switch it around by removing the drive cage. It would have probably taken me longer if I did the old fashion way of shoving it in. Don't ask me how I managed to do that.

After placing everything in and putting the correct front bezel wires onto the motherboard, it was time to boot. Everything came up nicely, no installation errors this time around. I let it run a few times to get the heat up inside the case. A few restarts and shut downs within Windows 98SE did the trick.

The CPU was checked, along with motherboard temps and case temps. I used the Swiftech MCX370-0A cooler for this test. Idle temps were taken along with some full load recordings. Full load is accomplished by running RC5 and 30 minutes of 3Dmark2001. The results showed that the cpu temperatures were on par with our review of the MCX370-0A. The motherboard temps hovered around the 30-33C range, never reaching anything higher. The case temperatures were actually very close to that also. Room temperature was at a constant 27C, got to love that late summer's night weather.
 








Overall, not a bad case. The temperatures came in with some solid numbers. The case was lightweight and easy to use. Installation was easy, screws tightened where they were supposed to, no surprises there. Inclusion of the strong power supply and an extra 80mm fan is a big plus. There is also something to note that I thought was quite unique. You can mix and match front bezels with this unit. Kind of like the Nokia face plates, but on a larger scale.

Thanks to Jeff over at Super Power for providing us with this sample case. They have some great products over there so give them a visit. I'm sure they'll satisfy one of your PC case needs.


Pros:

  • Strong sturdy case
  • Large power supply possible
  • 1 included fan, 2 possible
  • Front bezel can be changed
  • Spacious interior


Cons:

  • Side panels can be a pain to remove if you are constantly inside your system

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