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Date: October 19th, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Cooler Master
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PRODUCT COMPOSITION (cont'd)



Inside the box, the 370 lives in a plastic bag and is sandwiched between two foam blocks. Nothing special here, but the packaging did allow the case to arrive unscathed, despite some evidence of rough handling on its journey to the Tweaknews lab. What more do you need?



Aside from the case, the accessory list is a bit sparse with only a bag of installation hardware, a few zip-ties, a mobo speaker and the manual included. This is certainly enough stuff to achieve an installation and, like the packaging, adding more accessories will only add to the cost. The manual was a bit of a surprise, and a pleasant one to boot. It's complete and has helpful illustrations; much better than many guides that come with budget cases.

 

PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH



Another nice surprise is the high-gloss finish on the front panel of the 370. It gives a classy look to the chassis and is covered with plastic sheeting to protect the finish during transit. I like this treatment a lot, but it will likely be a fingerprint magnet. As you can see, the 370 offers three 5.25-inch front bays and a 3.5-inch bay for drive placement. There is a meshed panel on the lower third of the front hiding a 120mm fan placement as well as a couple of 120mm fan placements on the top of the case, but no fans are included here.



The front panel I/O occupies the very top “bay” of the case and the two USB ports are nicely spaced, flanking the audio jacks. The power and reset buttons are on the right and a blocked-off FireWire placement occupies the left side of the panel. This is pretty standard fare for a chassis in this price range.



Out back, the rear panel layout is very conventional these days with the power supply mounting at the bottom of the case and seven expansion bays. The single 120mm cooling fan lives behind the perforated area near the top and both side panels are secured with thumbscrews. Watercooling access holes and a blacked out interior are conspicuously absent and the expansion bay covers are of the break-out, non-replaceable variety. Cooler Master also provides two fan placements on the left side panel for mounting optional fans to improve cooling in this area.

 

 


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