I still remember buying my first Lian Li PC-70 full tower
aluminum case almost three years ago now, before they were cool. All
my friends were in awe and thought I was insane for spending $300 CDN just on
a case. I'm a trend setter, not follower! ;-)
While it has served me well, with all the new
fancy aluminum cases on the market I really want to go with a new look. It has
been three years after all and I think a face lift is in order.
One of the PCStats forum moderator's, by
the name of "Shiznit" has been going on and on about his Cooler Master aluminum
case; so much so, that you'd think it was the next best thing since
sliced bread! When Canada
Computers fowarded the Cooler Master ATC-201B SXT
case for testing, I thought heck why not. Let's
see if Cooler Master cases are really as good as everyone says they are...
we're going to be looking at the Cooler Master ATC-201B SXT mid tower aluminum case. The first thing I thought when
I saw and touched the ATC-201B SXT was that this is a pretty solid case.
This is apparent with the black metalic auto paint finish which cover the
side panels. The side panels are 3mm thick and the frame
is 3mm thick and the entire appearance looked high quality. Of course
I would expected that from a case that retails for $255 CDN ($170 US)!
Cooler Master equips the ATC-201B SXT with three
sleeve bearing 80mm YS Tech fans (FD1281253S-1N ) that are rated for 1750 RPM
and can push 26.2 CFM while producing 18.5 dB of noise each. All the case
fans have wire grills protecting them so you're not going to hurt yourself when playing
around inside. There's also an air filter in the front of the case which
is useful in blocking out the larger dust particles however it's near impossible to remove the
filter for cleaning.
|Cooler Master ATC-201B SXT |
(4) 5.25" Drive Bays
(2) 3.5" Drive Bays
(4) Hidden 3.5" Bays
(3) 80mm fans
(7) slot positions