Introduction

We expected Chenbro to send us a sample of a case that lived up to the rest of their product line. We also expected Chenbro to introduce to us a mid-tower PC chassis that would include the features which we had seen in Chenbro's other cases such as the Xpider II. Instead, Chenbro sent us a product that exceeded our expectations and took our breath away!

From the various pictures and feature lists that we have come across, we grew even more anxious to get our hands on the Gaming Bomb II. Taking a look back, the Gaming Bomb I was based on a design pre-dating the Xpider II. The Xpider II had the same general internal layout as the GB, but added a larger HDD mount to hold two more 3-1/2" drives for a total of four HDDs. The only other aspect that changed was the external look; the left side panel and front bezels were both custom-designed for the theme of the Xpider II.

With the introduction of the new Gaming Bomb II, we expected Chenbro to continue using steel for the body and plastic for the bezel as it had for many of its other cases. Instead, we received a case that had the looks of something for which only an enthusiast would feel comfortable spending. Here is a quick peek at the Gaming Bomb II.

Chenbro Gaming Bomb II
The Good
+ Lightweight aluminum design
+ Front Panel USB, Audio, FireWire
+ Tool-less features throughout
+ Integrated Cable Management (ICMTM) system
+ FlexiBayTM removable/pivoting HDD cage
+ Removable motherboard tray
The Bad
- Price
- No tool-less HDD bays

So, what exactly makes the Gaming Bomb II so amazing besides the obvious change in looks as well as construction? As soon as we signed for the box delivered by UPS, we ripped the case out of its packaging and jumped right in! Take a look at why we are so excited about this Chenbro creation.

More information is available on the Gaming Bomb II at Chenbro's website.

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  • hoppa - Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - link

    does anyone else think its unfair and incredibly biased (and unjournalistic) that they dont make a single mention of the noise this thing puts out in the conclusion? come on! this thing is on par with the noisiest case they've ever reviewed and they do all they can to skirt the issue. this thing is as loud as a f*in lawnmower! BS, if you ask me. Reply
  • Jackular - Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - link

    Good to see that the case fans are with the 3-pin connectors (I got Zalman's fanmate and multi-connector to get the fans into different volts). It's loud as default (with 12V) but how "loud" are they at 5V or 7V? This is something I would really like to know about. Reply
  • ViRGE - Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - link

    Looking at the case, for the price given, there's 1 critical flaw that really hurts it: the placement of the front Aux ports. Aux ports are only useful if you can reach them, and the bottom of the case is next in the line of unreachable spots just head of the rear of the case. If I'm buying a high-end case, the Aux ports MUST be at least mid-way on the case if not ideally at the top. Reply
  • Noli - Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - link

    The question on value is simple - $240 for the (near equal) noisiest case Anandtech has review is crap value plain and simple. This then begs the questions others asked about the fans. It seems very strange that 2x 120mm fans should be so loud so does replacing them with decent alternatives (panaflo etc) put it on par with an Antec with 2x 120mm in terms of noise? I'd hope with such a discrepancy that a little bit more journalistic investigation would have come naturally - if I spend $240 I want to know if replacing the fans is a solution or if there is an inherent flaw in the design. Apologies for rant. Reply
  • Wolfz - Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - link

    What is the heat performance like with the third fan installed?

    Would switching the fans to (better/quieter?) ones reduce the sound significantly?

    Are they suppose to be stuck at 3200 rpm's, I thought it was standard to have variable speed fans running inside the system. Is there any sort of mod you can do to handle that?
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  • bldckstark - Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - link

    I think the different length stand-offs were for different sized boards. The 1/3" are for universal locations, and the 1/8" with the add-on part are for customizable locations for different board sizes. That seems reasonable to me, and not a negative. Also, thanks for finally agreeing that a removable MB tray is not such a great feature. I got tired of seeing cases ripped for something that even most enthusiasts don't use. Now, about testing cases with their own PS's. Do them with the stock PS, and with your own so I know if I need to buy a new PS with the case or not. Better yet, benchmark the PS if it is a part of the sale just like you would any other part of the case it comes with.
    Good review by the way. Keep up the good work, and remember you can't please everybody, so try to please me instead.
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  • Avalon - Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - link

    I was really starting to like the case until I read the price. I was expecting half of that, at the most. Jesus. Reply
  • TinyTeeth - Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - link

    Interesting. But damn, a Coolermaster Wavemaster with 120mm fans would be perfect! Reply
  • LoneWolf15 - Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - link

    In response to #6, I agree on the dodge about whether this case is worth our money. I also agree with #8, finally a review of a case that isn't a downright tacky pre-mod.

    I had wanted this case at one point and waited several months. However, I had extremely poor communications response from Chenbro, who ignored two of my three e-mails, and never gave me the information I needed on pricing and availability. I ended up buying an Antec P160 with the window, and modding a custom 120mm blowhole on top, a feature that I wanted that the Chenbro has. I'm glad I bought the Antec; $240 even for a case as nice as the Chenbro is ridiculous. I paid half that for the Antec, which is a topnotch design, and used the money I saved to do things like sleeve the power supply and rebuild the system.

    One more thing: The review was very well done on the case itself. My compliments, it's one of the better reviews I've seen here in a long time.
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  • Aquila76 - Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - link

    $240?!? This isn't a server case, it's a gaming case. I'd rather blow the 240 on a video card or a 500GB RAID 0 SATA array. Maybe they should call it the Chenbro Duesenberg! Reply

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