“ Server style case designed for power users and overclockers. „
The first thing to say about this case is that if you're the kind of person who likes your PC to hide under a desk and not spoil the Habitat meets Ikea decor of your Barratt home, then you will probably prefer some sort of iMac-a-looky-likey pokey case. If however, you are the type who likes to let people know that you are serious about your computer, and perhaps not averse to a bit of overclocking action, then this definitely worth a closer look. This case looks like a computer case should - beige, sturdy, pretty faceless unless you have an awful lot of gear with front panels, and above all big. It stands just below desktop height and as such is just about perfect for resting a coffee mug on. Inside there is plenty of room for pretty much anything you might reasonably want to put in it - one 3 1/2" bay and six (count 'em) 5 1/4" bays. The case is pretty easy to get into, front panel clips off, then 3 screws each to get the side panels open, they hinge out to about 80 degrees, and can be completely removed if required. The case is commonly supplied with a quality 300W power supply (AMD approved naturellement), and with more fans than Man United. Not technically true, of course, but it does come with 4 including the power supply, and with lots of extra housings thrown in and places that they can mounted. They all take standard fans. In this cold weather I found I had to disconnect one of them, as the draught was making me chilly! Of course, this isn't without associated noise, but hey, I like my spare room to sound like Telehouse. Disadvantages, other than the noise: the distance between the motherboard and the drive bays can be taxing on all but the longest of ribbon cable, and a dearth of 3 1/2" bays, which may mean an added investment in drive rails (surprisingly difficult to find these days). On the upside, the quality of the construction is evident throughout, there are also other features throw
n in which might be of use to some, e.g. support of redundant power supplies and an intrusion detection switch, and the attention to detail and 'extra mile' accessories, such as spare blanking plates, screw on and off drive bay plates instead of the usual 'prise off with a screwdriver and a trip to casualty' variety, and best of all, loads and loads of spare screws and cable ties! A class act.