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Date: October 31st, 2005
Article by: Matt (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Raidmax
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PRODUCT COMPOSITION



While the case arrived in workable condition, the box it traveled it was definitely worse for wear. After a brief scuffle with Border Customs, the case finally arrived, a bit battered and bruised. Despite seemingly adequate protection, the case arrived a bit dented on the top panel, looking like it had just been dropped somewhere along the line. Fortunately the window and the paint job were still intact.



The case didn't come with too many parts, and they're all contained within the case itself during shipping. As you can see its simply a very basic manual, 4 feet for the case, a bag of various screws and standoffs and so on, a small speaker for the motherboard and a nice Raidmax sticker.




As I mentioned just above, the case comes with separate feet that you need to stick on yourself. This is a fairly simple mechanism where one part spreads open so that it won't come out without a fight. Now the reason I mention this isn't because I thought it was brilliant design - quite the opposite in fact! Usually before taking anything apart, I take enough pictures to make sure I don't need to put anything back together again. In the process of doing this, since the case needs you to put the feet on yourself, I managed to put a wealth of nasty scratches in my table just from shuffling the case around. This sharp edges theme is something we'll see continued later in the review. Needless to say, I wasn't impressed.

 

PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH



Though I was looking forward to reviewing a 'gaming' case, the Ninja started coming up fairly lackluster, fairly quickly. The window design on the case is actually fairly attractive. Unfortunately the window is a fairly cheap design, just riveted onto the inside, and made of fairly cheap plastic. Unfortunately this is another theme throughout the review...the case feels fairly cheap overall, and if I can say that at this point in the review, we're not on the right track. Upon removing the side panel (2 standard screws at rear) once again the cheapness is apparent, as this case is made of steel, not aluminum, and both the frame and panels are fairly thin steel. Its almost as if they were hoping you wouldn't pay attention to the specifications, and would think it was aluminum. It came close, but is definitely nowhere near the same quality.



The rear side of the case is fairly standard, and dominated by one of the positive aspects of the case - the large 120mm rear exhaust fan vent. Everything else is pretty run of the mill, I/O bracket, PC card ports, PSU bracket up top.



While we're on the subject of power supplies, the case has got one included. Again its a fairly run of the mill PSU - 450W, but nothing astounding. I've never trusted PSUs that get bundled with cases, so the first step was removing this one. Though it did have 2 nice looking 80mm fans on it, the PSU was nothing to look at - just a simple gray box with two openings. Upon installing another PSU, it was noted that the only support is really the rear panel screws - the PSU was held up, but bending the case inward, and resting only barely on one of the case's structural supports. Not very well designed at all here..

 

 


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