Date: November 1st, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: CoolerMaster
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Now the case I will be reviewing today is the non-windowed version that you will not see in most retail channels and from what I can gather, the standard version is not available anywhere that I scoped out. What is the difference?
The only difference is the side panel which is available on the version currently sitting on shelves as we speak. Other than that, they are exactly the same.
Once you have opened up the retail box and carefully pulled the case out of its' protective packaging, you can start opening up the side panel and taking out the accessory box. Inside the plain small cardboard box is an multilingual install guide, an AC power cord for the power supply (more on that later), and the usual small bag containing the motherboard standoffs, case badges and assorted extra screws and fasteners.
Also included in the small box was this back plate and a dual male audio speaker signal cable which is used to supply the signal to the audio pressure gauge in the lower front of the case. Audio Pressure Gauge? Yes, but that will be covered in the next walkthrough & installation section.
Now until now I just noticed that here I am on page two of this darn review and I haven't even given you the courtesy of seeing the Cavalier 1 yet. Sorry about that. I sometimes get so caught up in the mind numbing specifications and other gibberish that the actual product stays behind the curtain while I setup the stage.
From a far vantage point, the case front certainly is attractive but the rest of the case seems to get a little duller and more ordinary like some of the standard chassis on the market. Let's take a closer look.