Ahanix MCE601

by Joshua Buss on 5/5/2005 12:05 AM EST
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  • ImJacksAmygdala - Friday, May 06, 2005 - link

    Show me a single HTPC case that has two 120mm fans and a ATX power supply and I'll buy it. The first company that takes the Antec Sonata or SLK3700BQE design and flips it on its side with a horizontal DVD drive, HT component damper feet, and a clean HTPC face plate gets my money. Currently no such case exists on the market. Antec tried and failed with the Overture design due to the heat enthusiast systems now create, and for some reason they haven't thought about using the popular design of the Sonata and SLK3700BQE. If you go to the silentpcreview forums you can find tons of threads on these cases, and I am surprised no one has tried to mod one horizontal yet. Reply
  • araczynski - Friday, May 06, 2005 - link

    cheap, retro wannabe, thin aluminum crap. probably made in vietnam for $0.50.

    but all the more power to them if they can sell this pile of sh*t to idiots.
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  • Tamale - Friday, May 06, 2005 - link

    It was a tad akward perhaps, but that is what I meant to say.. the hard drive's local air isn't really getting pushed or pulled anywhere thus keeping that area warmer than it should be..

    as far as the power supply, yes it offers the 20 or 24 pin connections, but no i didn't notice any 6-pin VGA connectors.
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  • Spacecomber - Friday, May 06, 2005 - link

    While these cases (Ahanix) are nice to look at, I have to agree with the consensus that there just doesn't seem to be enough good about them to justify a $300 price tag.

    I thought that the review was well done. I'll add just one small suggestion: more information on the vpower supply would be helpful. Maybe a shot of the label, so the power capacity on the different rails would be available. Also, perhaps add a mention of whether it is a 20 or a 24 pin ATX power connector and whether it provides the new 6 pin PCI video card connectors.

    Finally, I think this sentence is mis-written, "It is a bit discouraging to see that the hard drive itself is not really any hotter than what we are used to seeing, but the warm air created from that component must not be moving much, as that area of the case is still quite warm. "

    Still, a good start and I look forward to other reviews.

    Space
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  • Tamale - Friday, May 06, 2005 - link

    Sorry about the broken images when the review first went up.. they should all be fixed now. This is my first review so things didn't all go quite as smoothly as I had hoped. I'm still trying to find the best ways to illuminate the cases before I shoot, but I feel the only real problem I had with most of these shots was a failure to manually set my white balance. Your feed back is highly valued though everyone.. thanks!

    -Joshua Buss
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  • Tamale - Friday, May 06, 2005 - link

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  • Zirconium - Thursday, May 05, 2005 - link

    I don't care how good this case is - for the almost $300 that it costs, I can get a Shuttle cube. Reply
  • ncage - Thursday, May 05, 2005 - link

    Cool looking case. Would definitly look like a piece for your home theater and wouldn't stick out like a normal case would but the cost is WAY WAY WAY WAY to high. If it was in the $100 range i would think about it but at this price no way. Im just going to get a super mini case from antec. Reply
  • Houdani - Thursday, May 05, 2005 - link

    Ditto the troubles with the thermal images. Win2K, IE6.

    The missing images are the ones which display the temperature readings -- the ones we really care about. The mouse-over images will disply fine when you put your mouse on the placeholders, but those are just the pictures of the case innards less the thermal scores. Zoinks.
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  • piasabird - Thursday, May 05, 2005 - link

    I think a slot loading notebook drive would be better for a case like this. Might help with the air flow. I think possibly the intel chipset for the mobile desktop motherboard might be better. A centrino setup might be nice. I cant see many designs that can cool off multiple hard drives in a case this size in an efficient manner. If you have a vent on the bottom where the hard drive rack goes a low rpm fan might help. If the hard drives sat verticle they might cool better. Sitting horizontal they block the air flow. Reply
  • Dmitheon - Thursday, May 05, 2005 - link

    Couple of quick additions. Not to sound like an advertisement, but pcalchemy is offering a customized version of this case (in addition to the standard one), where they remove the PSU and add an adapter which allows any MicroATX PSU to be used. It's a bit cheaper than the normal version. Also, a thanks to the site for review HTPC cases. Many of the regular HTPC sites don't actually do thermal & sound measurements, and this stuff is useful. My only other hopes that you guys can take a look at some of the newer offerings from Uneed and Silverstone, particularly Uneeds X11 and X15e, and Silverstone's LC14M. Reply
  • yelo333 - Thursday, May 05, 2005 - link

    Same issue as #3.

    FF 1.0.3, and Gentoo stable.
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  • Netopia - Thursday, May 05, 2005 - link

    I don't think that there are any other graphics on that page. There SHOULD be (it does say click to see full sized) but there aren't.

    Photography also needs to be better. In an all black environment like inside a case, one should use some sort of bounce flash to fill the shadows and give some contrast so that people can tell what they are looking at.

    Other than that, nice review.
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  • Aquila76 - Thursday, May 05, 2005 - link

    #3 - Same deal on XP and FireFox, too. Maybe the link got wiped when the article was posted? Reply
  • sideshow23bob - Thursday, May 05, 2005 - link

    Hey I had trouble viewing the thermal data. I assume there was something more than an picture of the internal case +mobo, b/c that's all I saw when I scrolled over it. I'm currently on a friend's Mac and using safari as a browser, so let me know if it's my issue or on all computers. Thanks. Reply
  • Googer - Thursday, May 05, 2005 - link

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  • Zepper - Thursday, May 05, 2005 - link

    Guys are slipping... Typical Ahanix - all show, no go. I have never seen one yet where even half the attention paid to the external appearance was paid to internal details and modern conveniences. No vibe dampers for the drives or fans. Less than 1/4" of added height would accomodata a stanard PSU. And it goes on and on...

    .bh.
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