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  • IcculusBone - Saturday, October 30, 2004 - link

    Been reading this site for ages but not big on posting. Wanted to add my input here though since I recently had some experience with this case.

    My roommate wanted this case for his first custom computer (that I built of course). He got the steel version, without the faceplates and powered by a 450w PSU instead of the upgraded 500w clear one. Also, the fans are a bit different in that the 120mm is on the rear and the window has an 80mm set for intake instead of exhaust. Aside from those points the case is the same as its big brother but can be had for a mere $92 on Newegg.

    I have to say, I agree with a lot of what you all have been saying about the "bling" factor, but I was still left with a better impression from the case than I expected. It is under his desk (but still very visible) and from down there you can't hear it at all - even with the fans cranked up. Adding an 80mm in the second drive bay was a good idea as he has 5 drives in the case.

    I think this is a really good match for budding enthusiasts because it can be found for fairly cheap on the net, has a decent PSU for a beginner and has lots of the cool things fledgling geeks look for - a full sized window, lots of LED love and tons of room for expansion. One thing though, I need to install a switch for those 4 lights on the front. They are BRIGHT.

    - b0n3
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  • TrogdorJW - Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - link

    What some case manufacturers really need to do is include a switch to shut off all the extra lighting. It can't be that difficult, and while it might be cool at times to have all the case lights, I would much rather have them off 99% of the time. You could turn them on at a LAN party or to woo a girl (*cough*), but otherwise leave them off.

    Seems like they should have included some lower RPM fans instead of going for outright cooling, though, and I'm not at all convinced about having the side panel as an exhaust fan. Put intake on the front and the side and exhaust on the rear and top. Fresh, *cool* air blowing directly at the CPU (instead of in opposition to the CPU fan) would make more sense, wouldn't it?
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  • AnnoyedGrunt - Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - link

    You guys mentioned in the review that the case has a fan controller, but did you use it at all? Perhpas plugging the 120mm fan into the controller would have reduced the noise quite a bit.

    In any event, this case looks pretty short on features compared to many other cases (except for the temp display and maybe the fan controller), and seems to try and get by on looks (which is always tough since looks are very subjective).

    Also, you guys didn't mention how the firewire and USB connect to the Mobo. Pass thru, or header?

    While the review is OK, I think you need to make a more detailed review with less "filler" (the transitional sentences that are somewhat explanatory, but don't really explain anything useful, like "Today we have a chance to look @ one of the most innovative designs in the case industry. Made of all aluminum with room for expandability and much more....."

    But really, this case brings nothing new to the case industry, except the interchangeable colow swatches which really don't add much to the value anyway.

    Also, on "The Bad" you don't mentione anything about the lack of removable Mobo tray or lack of tooless features, which you mention on many other case reviews.

    Overall you guys have the potential to do some great reviews, but I'd like to see a more standard review template and more consistency in the summary.

    With that said, thanks and keep the reviews coming.

    -D'oh!
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  • Sabresiberian - Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - link

    Looks like a nice case :)

    Biggest thing I would like to see in new cases is support for water (liquid) cooling. I know this is more problematic than adding fans since mainboard and cpu choices make a difference, as well as other choices; but that option is so much more effective and quieter than air cooling!

    Aluminum - I don't care about aluminum, I don't need to save a couple of lb. Quality of function is the importance.

    I don't care about buying a 'modded-style' case; defeats the purpose! But it wouldn't stop me from buying a case cause its got some blue lights or whatever, either.

    I am NOT interested in buying a power supply from a case manufacturer! Especially now, when so many power supplies are coming out with innovations as well as higher power capabilities :)
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  • quanta - Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - link

    #1, you can get a version of X-Navigator without PS from Xoxide.com for $100.

    Not a bad design by itself, but the overall design quality drops comared to X-Superalien, which has tray and extra channel for fans. Too bad neither case has fan filters.

    I would buy this case if it were introduced a few months ago, but for around 100 dollars, you can get Thermaltake Xaser V WinGo or Damier. But I would wait for MGE XG Quantum, a clone for Casetek CK-1020-2, which features a 7-channel fan controller.
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  • ciwell - Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - link

    Once again people can not get it through their heads that looks are subjective and depend upon the user/purchaser. While one person may think it looks "fugly," another might think it is "stylish." Reply
  • slashbinslashbash - Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - link

    #14's right! This is a Dragon case with a different front. The front door lock, power and reset buttons, side panel latch, fan mounts, and drive bays are *identical* to the Dragon tower I bought 2 years ago. Purav, you should at least recognize that all of these cases are the same, and not treat the features like they're something new (e.g., "The door itself has a key lock, which seems like an excellent feature. When we took a look at the locking mechanism on the backside, though, we noticed it was made of plastic, which could easily be broken with some force. Using metal would have definitely improved this design." This very same lock has been on countless previous cases! We've all seen it before! Is AT's case reviewer the only one who hasn't?). Better yet, buy yourself a Dragon, and then you'll know what to look for and be able to recognize "This is a Dragon with an ugly front panel and an extra fan in the top." That would make these reviews a lot easier for you. Reply
  • CitizenKain - Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - link

    Wow, another Antex SX1000 series case, but now with added ugly! Reply
  • Tarumam - Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - link

    Goodness! Yet another arse-ugly-blinking-lookin´ case. Taste has left the building. Well at least is silent. No? Well, one could use its blue leds to... Oh, well why bother? It is a bad, ugly, noisy, bulky case. Reply
  • EddNog - Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - link

    HOW many more Chieftech Dragons with a different front bezel are we going to see, huh?!@# Reply
  • LoneWolf15 - Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - link

    Looks like an ugly attempt at a premodded case for me. The fan grills are gaudy, and I can't stand front case doors, especially plastic ones. Too much built-in lighting makes this case more blingy than it is useful, and the interchangeable front plastics are all ugly. Give me multiple low-noise 120mm fans over the cooling setup here any day as well. I also don't like clear power supplies; they look good for about two months until dust gets in them, and then they're nasty. To clean them, you'll probably end up voiding the warranty. Reply
  • Thresher - Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - link

    That case is fugly.

    I like the feature set, but I can't stand the "bling" on it. I wish more case manufacturers took Antec's lead and built more cases like the Sonata and Aria.
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  • Entropy531 - Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - link

    #9 - They use it so they can get impartial results. If you're comparing apples to oranges, the results aren't very legitimate. They have to use all the same components to get thermal benchmarks. #5 and #10 - I agree. Reply
  • diehlr - Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - link

    ugly. Reply
  • shabby - Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - link

    Why dont you guys use the psu's that come with the case for testing, you switched to the ocz psu again. Reply
  • Aquila76 - Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - link

    #7 - The other HDD bays do have space for a cooling fan, it just isn't included (greenish bracket):

    http://images.anandtech.com/reviews/cases/aspire/x...

    The top 3 are really meant for the External 3.5" drives, so even the bracket isn't included on that one, but you can get a universal one pretty easily if you need it.
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  • MustISO - Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - link

    One thing I just can't understand is why there are three, 3 1/2 drive cages and only one of them has a fan. What the hell are they thinking?
    "Gee, maybe the users only want to cool 3 hard drives, the others can fry!"
    Antec does the same thing.
    At the very least add 2 additional fan brackets and let the user decide. That should increase the total cost by $2.
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  • Beenthere - Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - link

    I definitely wouldn't bring this case home... but different strokes for different folks. Reply
  • skunkbuster - Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - link

    i actually think it looks pretty fugly + gaudy Reply
  • Locut0s - Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - link

    Scratch that sorry it's much clearer on a 2nd read. If any admin is watching you can delete the past 3 posts by me. Reply
  • Locut0s - Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - link

    Perhaps the second paragraph on the first page should be italicized. It's not obvious at first that it's clipped from the company line. For a second it seemed like the article was being written by Aspire. Reply
  • Locut0s - Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - link

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  • SKiller - Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - link

    There seems to be a picture missing on page 2.

    Great looking case. Would be perfect if it had:
    A. Tool-less design (for drives & expansion cards.
    B. Quiter fans (and have the front intake be 120mm).
    C. A more elaborate side panel. Something with an unusual shaped window and maybe etched, UV sensetive design/picture.
    D. Maybe a 'No PS' option for about $120.
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