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.

External Design
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  • Filibuster - Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - link

    Looks like an overpriced Antec P160 ripoff.
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  • arswihart - Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - link

    just get a PC-60 with door fan/window Reply
  • karlreading - Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - link

    1st up: guys why are most of u stripping flesh of the reviewer. reviewers job well done IMHO.

    2nd up: Nice case. personally, in the past, i have looked at the gaming bomb as a cheapo, tacky orange piece of crap. this is stylish, VERY stylish. specially like the handels on the top of the case, almost gives it a apple G5 flava, and whilst i not a fan of the G5 ( or apple in general ) they do look sweet;)

    however, the price of the case does appear a tad bit expensive: 240 U$D, even with the very poor dollar, makes this case £134 UKP, now i got my coolermaster black widow for £80, and thats pushing my personal envelope for a case, budget wise. definatly a case for those who are truly hardware addicts, especially when the usd price put it at mpore that a decent 6600GT, and a lot of people would rather have a nice-ish video card then a swanky case. might hurt sales a bit. i reccon chenbro should launce a case that looks the same, but has cheaper internal features, to get it out at a price point where the majority can afford it, then, it would be a Class A case.
    karlos
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  • Gholam - Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - link

    Frankly, I don't see the point of spending $240 on this, when HEC 6A series cases cost as little as $60, PSU included. Hell, a CM Stacker costs $170 and is worlds better than this thing. Reply
  • kcma - Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - link

    OMFG!!! a case review that doesnt review a BUTT UGLY TACKY AS HELL case!!! Reply
  • avijay - Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - link

    #1 I agree with your suggestion completely. Some facts and figures on the fans will be mighty helpful. Also Purav, I know this case didn't have a PSU with it, but in the future if cases have one, can you review those as well please, if not with the case review then on its own. Also, would it be possible to see a roundup of 400W+ PSUs anytime in the near future. I've looked through many a PSU. Liked some, and not so much others. Sometimes, its nice to be able to look at reviews as they tend to have a more information than the average review at say newegg or somewhere like that. Infact I'd say reviews for case fans and CPU HS/Fan will also be very welcome. Reply
  • Poser - Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - link

    "So, the question on everyone's mind is, 'is the Gaming Bomb II worth the money?' In our honest opinion, the GB2 is one of the best cases that we have seen in Chenbro's product line."

    I'm not sure if that quote was a deliberate dodge, or just bad writing. Either way, it was pretty ugly to read.
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  • Zepper - Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - link

    Avert your eyes - tortured language ahead:

    "Instead, we received a case that had the looks of something for which only an enthusiast would feel comfortable spending." ... and there's more.

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    . When you can get a similar Kingwin for under $100. ??? Sorry, looks aren't worth $150.!

    .bh.


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  • mongoosesRawesome - Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - link

    Finally a case reviewed here that isn't butt ugly. Too bad its 240 bucks.

    Try reviewing cases someone would actually buy for a change.
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  • Degrador - Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - link

    Hmm... I guess I was just expecting a little more out of the GB2. Makes me feel a bit better about the Stacker I bought though. Reply

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