Date: December 19th, 2002
Article by: Burt Carver (Hardware Reviewer & Newsposter)
Product was donated by: Skyhawk USA
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In order to highlight the window, I took the liberty of installing two blue CCFL's. Stay tuned for a review on these CCFL's. They are impressive and bright.
In fact, these CCFL's are so bright light was leaking out of the case wherever it could.
The most stunning part of this case is the front bezel when it is powered on. The two acrylic tubes on either side of the bezel light up with brilliant colour, and have a stunning effect. What colour? Well, pick. The case cycles through seven different colours to match your every mood. If you are not in the market for something that is reminiscent of a Times Square Christmas tree, the cycling of the LED's can be toggled to stay on one colour. Here are just two of the fine colours available to choose from:
CONCLUSIONS AND AFTERTHOUGHTS
If anyone were to ask, I would recommend this case. The concerns I have with the case are minor, but worthy of mention. Speaking from experience, the last thing someone wants to deal with after dropping a hundred bones is trying to figure out how the heck to put the fans back in. I already own a Skyhawk case with a similar 'wind-tunnel', and was able to wedge it between my video card and my CPU. Effectively, it may aid in the cooling of the chipset.
In the market for a pre-modded case that can stand a little tweaking? This is an excellent candidate. I would not recommend it for the 'plug and play' crowd who stress out over plugging in a printer. The internal connectors are not for the faint of heart, although they do not have to be used. The 'wind-tunnel' feature on this board can be beneficial, but many people's configuration will not allow for optimal use, unless cooling a half height ethernet card turns you on. This case retails for under a $100 USD, which makes it a heck of a deal for a pre-modded aluminum chassis. The unique cycling colour front bezel will ensure lots of 'oohs' and 'aahs' at a LAN party, and it would take a heck of a creative modder to homebrew the same feature, especially through the bubbled acrylic.
- Inexpensive pre-modded case.
- Unique and attractive front panel.
- Original front connector scheme, if you have the patience.
- Nice 'finish' to the product.
- Fan placement / design could use some work.
- 'Wind-tunnel' probably not useable by most.
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