Until a few years ago, computers were always beige boxes with components shoved inside them, messy cables and all, placed somewhere inconspicuous - that was, until apple started creating their iMacs. After the iMac explosion, the computer industry, as well as the modding community really started to make their cases look attractive. Today I will be reviewing a case which is intended to be aesthetically pleasing and also provide good cooling - the Cooler Master ATC-220B-VX1, a midsize aluminum case. I personally have never used an aluminum case, this will be the first time I've put a computer into a non-steel case - let's see if ruckus people have been making about the superior cooling due to aluminum heat transfer is actually beneficial.
First, the specifications and features:
Dimensions (WxHxD): 196 x 454 x 550 mm
Weight: 7 kg (15.4 lbs)
Material: Aluminum Alloy and Acrylic
USB Ports: Dual USB Ports front-side
I/O Bracket: ATX
Motherboard Type: Standard ATX
Expansion Slots: 7
5.25" Drive Bays: 4 (All exposed)
3.5" Drive Bays: 6 total - 2 exposed, 4 shadow
Cooling: One 80mm fan attached to the back panel, one 80mm fan attached to the top (blowhole)
"Magic light reflection" at front bezel (cold cathode with etching)
One 80mm fan on top of the case
Drawer-Style motherboard tray
Dual USB ports at the front of the case
Excellent ventilation for the motherboard and HDD Drive
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The ATC-220B-VX1 is shipped in the same manner as the ATC-201A, which also has been reviewed here at Viper's Lair. Upon receiving the case, it is wrapped in plastic and taped off, and then secured to the outside of the box via cardboard holders with foam inserts. I received the case via UPS-ground without a dent or scratch.
Although one doesn't expect a 100-page user manual, I was surprised to find that Cooler Master only included a small page on how to install an ATX PSU or a redundant PSU, and how the front USB port connectors are supposed to connect to a motherboard. On the other hand, it wasn't very hard to figure out how the case works.
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