MGE Sidewinder: A Look at a Gaming Chassisby Purav Sanghani on October 16, 2004 11:31 AM EST
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|MGE Sidewinder||The Good|
|+ Side panel audio/USB/FireWire
+ Four 5-1/4" drive bays
+ Six 3-1/2" drive bays (2 exposed)
+ Up to 5 case fans
|- No tool-less features
- Flimsy plastic bezel
- Sharp edges
We have seen many factory-modified cases in the past, some which needed some work while others were done right and appealed to its target consumers. A US-based company called MGE, or Manufacturer of Great Electronics, has taken modding to the next level with its subsidiary, Extreme Gamer.
Extreme Gamer, or XG, takes MGE's base chassis designs and adds moldings, paints, and various other mods that are aimed at the hardcore gaming crowd.
Before we dig in and get our hands dirty, here's a bit of information on MGE. Opening its doors in 1990, MGE began designing and manufacturing computer cases, but they looked to expand into markets such as power supplies and CPU heatsink fans to complement its main product. This is where the XG name developed as MGE, aimed to please its customers with new and innovative designs that would both peak in performance as well as catch eyes. Currently, MGE designs and manufactures a wide range of cases as well as modified cases, power supplies, and CPU heatsink fans in its XG line of products.
MGE recently sent us a sample of their XG Sidewinder chassis, which has been on the market for some time. We continue to look at its features and perform our usual thermal and sound benchmarks as well as compare it to past cases that we have looked at. Take a look to see where we put the Sidewinder on our charts.
More information is available on the Sidewinder at MGE's Extreme Gamer website.