Date: February 8th, 2009
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Cooler Master
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
“Classic” is an excellent word to describe the 840. Clean lines and a conventional appearance give the case a look that harkens back to the early days of the custom case. The brushed finish of the aluminum panels is very appealing with only a small Cooler Master logo and an etched “ATCS 840” script to identify the make and model. The overall proportion of the 840 belie its massive size, but the seven big bays on the front will give you some idea of just how large this baby is. The lower panel pulls off to access the dust filter for the front intake fan.
Up top, the clean lines and subtle design elements continue. The brushed aluminum finish provides a very nice backdrop for the polished power and reset buttons flanking the power and activity LEDs. At the rear, a mesh cover conceals two massive 230 X 30mm exhaust fans. If one manipulates the door labeled “PUSH” you'll see…
…the IO panel pop up. Here we can see four nicely spaced USB ports, audio ports, along with a FireWire and eSATA port. Given the sheer size of the 840, along with its top-mounted buttons and I/O panel, this case would probably be more at home on the floor, as opposed to the desktop.
From the rear, we get some tantalizing clues to some of the nice features the 840 has in store for us. For starters, the PSU can be mounted either in the bottom of the chassis, or in the more conventional top position. Top mounting, however, will preclude the use of the large exhaust fans in this area. Cooler Master gives the nod to the liquid cooling crowd by providing two tubing access holes, with grommets, and the removable top panel to facilitate radiator installation. A 120mm exhaust fan shares space with the I/O and expansion card area, but the real attraction here is the large grip handle visible on the left side of the case. More on this later. As you can see, both side panels are plan and unmarred by any window or ventilation holes, a rarity in today's chassis'.
There are ventilation holes in the lower rear of the case, and the slot covers are ventilated as well. The expansion slot area is open and doesn't have any fancy tool-free mechanism for securing the cards. Cooler Master has a very good reason for this as we'll see a bit later.