The current feature to look for in a Case - A Thermally Advantaged
Performance Chassis. The Intel Thermally Advantaged Performance
Chassis Meets Processor Lower Ambient Temperature Guidelines of 38°C.
Look for the Adjustable Funnel Cone Duct attached to the Case Side Panel.
This Ducting directs fresh air directly to the Processor.
Intel Developer Update Magazine:Thermally
Advantaged Chassis The Smart Choice for Systems Based on High-End
Processors: "The Intel Initiative -Intel believes in order to manage the rapidly increasing costs of
dissipating higher processor power; Design requirements for Processor
ambient temperature need to be 38°C or less. This means the
temperature rise above the processor should be limited to 3°C or less.
Chassis not maintaining a 38°C or less processor ambient temperature are
not likely to have cost-effective thermal solutions in future
PC Computer Cases come in all sizes and
shapes. Constructed of Steel, Aluminum and even Clear Acrylic. PC Cases
not only have function, they now make an architectural statement about the
owner from their form. We look for the always reliable standard of 'Price
& Performance' Issues. Today we have more case varieties than ever,
offering more than the ATX Standards we've all come
to know. Cases are more than a gray box of electronics these days.
Personally, I prefer a rigid PC Case with
plenty of Drive Bays both hidden and internal. That's my only beef with
the Enlight 7230 series Cases since they offer only 7 Drive Bays total.
Tough choice if you need to house a RAID setup.
We were recently asked by some of our
Readers about Aluminum PC Cases. Since they have gained popularity, we
decided on a fluke to take a closer look. Ever Build a System with an
Aluminum Case? We did and will Build with it again. Why? Weight &
Drive Bay capacity were our 2 main reasons. OK, looks count too!
We've tried the Super-Flower.com.tw
Cases from CompUSA in Houston, TX located on Westheimer near Kirkwood. AxionTech.com
also now handles this Case. Aluminum Cases cost more than Steel Cases, no
doubt. Steel Cases usually include a Power Supply, Aluminum Cases usually
do not. Bummer! The Super Flower Case has 13 Drive Bays in a Mid-Tower
Case. Pretty good use of space. Sure, Aluminum scratches. If you move a
System around like we do for Presentations, that matters. So we take more
care in transportation like packing it every time we move it! Hassle!
These are well designed, functional & smart
looking custom looking Aluminum Cases without getting too gaudy in Case
modes. Features: 13 Drive Bays, Pull out Motherboard Rack to
ease assembly, Front Panel USB & FireWire plugs, 4 to 5 Case Fans,
Clear Acrylic Side Panels and Thumb Screw Fasteners for easy assembly.
Power Supply is extra which kind of smarts considering I'm from the old
school of Steel Cases are the only Cases which include a Power Supply.
brands look similar and may actually be the same Case. We do not know for
certain. We have only seen and evaluated Super Flower Cases.
CompUSA has since repackaged the Super Flower Cases they sell as their own
house brand boxes so no one will know what they are nor where they came
CompUSA now lists the Manufacturer of their
Aluminum house branded Cases as FMI brand. To purchase from CompUSA, go
to: www.CompUSA.com, Computers,
Build Your Own, Cases, Aluminum Computer Case (FMI
Note: Since we've had a few requests regarding FMI
(Fujitsu Microelectronics Inc.),
as far as we can tell, they do not make Aluminum Chassis Case Enclosures,
therefore if you want one of these fine Aluminum Cases with 13 Drive Bays
in the manufacturer's packaging cartons, go to www.AxionTech.com
and search for Super-Flower
or KingWin. To reiterate, the CompUSA
FMI listed Chassis Cases were originally shipping in Super-Flower
cartons before CompUSA made the carton change for house branding purposes.
Now you know what we know from our experience! Enjoy! GB
PC Case Background: When ATX Cases
first hit the market, we were asked to take a look @ the In-Win Mid-Tower
Cases. They were a hybrid Case with an AT style Power Supply. We then were
asked to take a look @ the Giga-Byte ATX Case. It was similar in design
yet not as stable structurally. In a side by side comparison, the In-Win
Case was a superior Case by design in function & form to the then new
Giga-Byte ATX style hybrid Case. The industry was in transition from AT
style to ATX.
The In-Win Mid-Tower Case is still one on my
favorites today for the size and price. They were also the first to my
knowledge offering a pull-out Motherboard rack. This was the Case by which
we judged all others for some time. Giga-Byte Motherboards continue even
now to be our best overall Motherboard recommendations for our Special PC
We'll expand this Case List as we
experience more of these different types of Cases during our BuildOrBuy
Sessions. If you have a favorite Case you'd like to see listed here,
please let us know and we'll look into it!
Your Case choice should depend upon the
A Thermally Advantaged Performance Chassis as mentioned above.
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