Quick Look
Ahanix Black Knight X195 The Good

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+ Front Panel USB/IrDA
+ Foldaway door
+ Five exposed 5-1/4" drive bays
+ Up to eight 3-1/2" drive bays (1 exposed)
+ Two 120mm fans
+ Included toolkit
The Bad
- Heavy for its size
- Lack of front panel Audio/FireWire
- Lack of screw-less design
- No removable motherboard tray

Based out of California, the Ahanix Corporation has been manufacturing PC cases for years. They are well known for their LCD displays and fan control systems, which can be found on most of their cases.

Ahanix manufactures products ranging from water cooling systems and case fans to home theater PC and mid-tower cases. The power supplies are silent as are their case fans, and their LCD displays are the latest in technology.

The Ahanix Black Knight is the exact same model as the R101 from 3R System, a company based in Korea. We looked at all of the Black Knight's features and put this mid-tower through our tests to see how it performed.

More information on the Black Knight is available at Ahanix's website.

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  • my sons father - Wednesday, February 09, 2005 - link

    I bought this case because of it's sleek style and interesting features. However, as far as cooling goes, I give it only 1 star. I discovered that my cpu ran much cooler with the side panel off, so I cut a hole and put a 120mm fan into the side panel which turned this case into a "super cool" one! I even emailed Ahanix about it so they might correct this problem in the future. Reply
  • alois - Saturday, April 03, 2004 - link

    original or copy????
    The same cas eis produced by a korean firm 3RSYSTEM
    http://3rsystem.co.kr/spain/productos/cajas/r101.h...
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  • zeroGrav - Wednesday, March 31, 2004 - link

    Can you review the Antec Sonata and/or Overture cases? They provide a good point of reference as quiet cases. Reply
  • Locutus4657 - Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - link

    Thanks for the great review, deffonetly gave me something to think about for my next computer. I'm still leaning twards the Kingwin 424, but this case deffonetly has it's appeal. Keep up the great work guys! Reply
  • Ardan - Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - link

    Nice reviews of the cases. I agree with Spacecomber and hope to see the component pictures in the next one :).

    It is nice to see these case reviews! Even though I love my SLK3700AMB case, I love reading reviews of new ones:)
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  • KristopherKubicki - Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - link

    Spacecomber: I shall give purav his proper lashings. We will have the component pictures in the next review.

    Kristopher
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  • klah - Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - link

    Did you have the fans connected to the case's fan controller? If you did, what setting did you have the fans at during the temperature testing?

    One thing you did not mention is that the fan controller uses extremely low voltage at the lower settings, all the way down to 3V, and even provides 12v for a few seconds to get the fan started.
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  • Spacecomber - Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - link

    This is kind of a variation on my similar complaint about the recent Lian Li 6070 review. It would be nice to see a picture of the case with motherboard, power supply, heatsink, and drives installed to get a better feel for the actual size of the case, the amount of clearance between components, and the likely ease of working inside it.

    Otherwise, keep the case reviews coming. It's hard to tell the differences between various cases based only on an online vendors pictures, especially when it comes to actual quality of construction and material.
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