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-- Enermax's CS-5190AL-061/CSX-61
-- Price: ~$390.00
-- 01.22.2002
-- By: Jim Baldwin
-- Page: 1 2 3

   I watched avidly as Enermax introduced the CS-990AL, the predecessor to the CS-5190.  It was slow to catch on or get full distribution to resellers.  The reason, aside from its high prices, was probably because the follow-on product must have been in the works.  As soon as it was made available, CS-5190AL-061/CSX-61, I snatched one up from one of my favorite retailers,  This is a pricey case and not for the faint of heart or pocket book at $390.00.  My rationale for spending this much was I was already paying top dollar for high end parts, video card, mobo and processor etc.  I wanted a quality box to put them all in and not have to fight with cheap sheet metal every time I wanted to mod or upgrade this box.  Also with the high end audio, it doubles as my entertainment system for the office/den just off my living room.  And I wouldn’t be embarrassed by having a geeky PC out in the open.  Enough blabber, lets take a look.   


   Here are the company line of specs:

  • Aluminum structure with car level finish coating
  • Shiney auto coating (CS-5190AL-001 excluded) 
  • Easiest access: I/O at front panel including USB, Volume tuner, Audio in/ out/ Mic, Game port (joystick) and IEEE 1394 
  • Wonderful ventilation design-- total number of cooling fans up to 7 at front panel,side cover and back window. 
  • Optional VRs on 3.5" bezel for fan speed control 
  • 12cm and 8cm fans on side panel! 
  • Optional Visible side panel for retailer demo
  • More drive bays than other PC case in the market, 4x5.25" +3x3.5" opening bays and 3x3.5" hidden bays for HDD
  • Fits in ATX, Pentium 4 M/B for best application 
  • Thumb screws, slide-in and removable M/B plate for easy system assembly
  • Entry level server configuration applicable with total 10 drive bays
  • 100% folded edge to avoid any physical injuries 
  • Air opening on front and side panels for the best heat dissipation

Model No.



 ATX; Pentium 4 M/B,12" x 9.6"


 2.0 mm

  5.25" DRIVE BAYS





  Cooling Fan

Standard:1x8cm (at front) + 2 x 6cm (at back)
+ 2x8cm on side mounting bracket.
Option:(12cm/ 8cm) x1 on side mounting bracket

  I/O Interface at front side

 USB, IEEE1394, Audio,VR x3,Cable

  Dimensions (WxDxH)

 200 x 611 x 420 mm

   After working with the case, I found some discrepancy with the specs, even so its still a real pleaser for the enthusiast. I'll fill you in on these as we go along.

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