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Cooler Master ATC-220B VX1: Based on one of their most popular models, the ATC-210B, the case has been further refined with a, um, funky "magic light reflection". Read on to see how we feel about one of Cooler Master's premium cases.
Date: February 17, 2003
Catagory: Cases & Cooling
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Weighing in at 15.4 lbs, the case is definitely a lightweight. I've dealt with steel cases that weight up to 30 lbs. Take into account that I've gone to many LAN parties, losing the extra 10 lbs or so is nice.

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The back of the case is scattered with thumbscrews - ten of them, each of which happen to be just the right size. Unfortunately Cooler Master did not send extra thumb screws, which could be useful since some people can misplace the ones they got.

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The thumbscrews feature a shiny finish and also have a Philips-head indentation so that the thumbscrews can be secured tightly if need be. I didn't have to use a screwdriver to secure the thumbscrews. Must be my he-muscles.

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The extra thumbscrews would have been nice, but they did send more than enough screws for the motherboard mounts and drive installation.

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The panels have three screw-points for the rear, as well as a small handle to pull the panel backwards. The three thumbscrews held the panel in place securely. For installation, the panels have bottom tabs which hold the bottom of the case in-between the tabs and the actual side-panel. Then top tabs lock into place as the side panel is slid towards the front of the case. I have repeatedly removed and replaced the side without a hitch. My previous case, the Fong-Kai 320B, had what looked like a great panel design, which actually turned out to be horrible. Cooler Master on the other hand has designed this side panel perfectly - and not once did I have problems removing or installing the door whatsoever.

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The panel on the left side (which is used for access to components) has a green colored acrylic window that is beveled and has been screwed into the panel. The acrylic didn't make the panel particularly heavy, although I was careful not to put too much pressure on it, as it seemed like it would bend the rest of the panel. As far as I can tell, the window is airtight, and acrylic is just as good as glass as an insulator.

There are six total 3.5" bays, two of which are exposed. I dare say that two exposed 3.5" bays is more than necessary - but some people have been known to put fanbuses and the like in their 3.5" bays.

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There are four 5.25" bays, all of which are exposed. The top bay does not come with a faceplate, as Cooler Master expects that one of the drive bays will be used for a CD/DVD drive. Considering this case is meant for use as a desktop computer as opposed to server, leaving out that first faceplate was probably a good idea - one would be hard pressed to find a case nowadays without some sort of removable media device in a 5.25" bay.

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The case also sports a swinging front door, with "Magic light reflection." The acrylic is colored green, and has ATC-S etched into its backside. The hinge on the door has a small cold cathode inside of it, which illuminates the etched logo on the door. The illumination also spills light onto the 5.25" bays. The door's hinge is made of aluminum, as is its complimentary side. The other side of the window has two small magnets that hold the door in place. When I received my case, the bottom magnet had come out of its indentation, but a small dab of crazy glue fixed it in a second.

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The bottom of the case has four padded feet, which protect the bottom from getting scuffed up. Over the course of using the case, I found that the aluminum scratches easily if enough pressure was put on the metal - so the case feet were definitely a good idea.

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The power button is large and clicky. Below it resides the power LED, which is blue and bright. Below the power LED is the reset button, and below that is the HDD activity LED.

Finally, below the buttons and LEDs are two USB ports, which are accessable even when the door is closed, due to a small circular cutout in the bottom of the acrylic door.

There is no paint on the case (although there is a color option for both the case color and acrylic color) and I personally find the brushed metal attractive.

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