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Posted: January 10, 2000
Written By: Keith "Farrel" McClellan
Addtronics sent me this case for use in an upcoming How to guide, but seeing that it is something of a work in process (should be out sometime in Feb(?)...), I thought I'd give them a little bit of p1mping before the guide came out. You might be asking yourself - who the hell is Addtronics, and why in blazes did I, the tweakmeister general of the UN, decide to use this case? Well, I'm gonna answer those questions and more in this little review.
Addtronics is a (relatively) little known case manufacturer that sells what are generally considered to be the best ATX cases on the planet. You may even have an Addtronics case and not even know it. They are a major OEM custom case supplier (which is why they are little known in the retail market) and only offer their retail lines as something of an afterthought. But don't let that fool you, just because it was an afterthought, doesn't mean that they didn't put all of their energy into designing these cases.
You see, first they design these retail cases, as a kind of prototype for OEM builders to see. Then, the OEM tells them what kinds of modifications they want made, or perhaps that they want a case that's totally different. Either way, they've already done the design and tooling for these cases (the hardest part in building a case), and they don't want them to go to waste - so they use the tooling to build their retail line of cases. And trust me, you won't be disappointed.
The Cases Specs
One of the best parts about Addtronics is that you can customize their cases to your budget and need. Already have more fans than the devil himself? Leave em out. Do you already have yourself a 350-watt power supply? You don't have to buy it.
- Up to 5 80mm fans and 1 60mm fan
- 250 or 300 Watt 2.01 Power Supply
- 215 CFM airflow
- Durable and Sturdy
- Optional wheels (very useful for hardwood, ceramic, and stone floors)
- Swinging doors
- 1 to 5 [depending on configuration] 3.5 in. drive bays (one exposed)
- 4 exposed 5.25 in. drive bays and 1 hidden 5.25 in. drive bay.
- Removable Motherboard tray
Yes, you can even change the number of drive bays you have within the system. You can sacrifice one fan for three 3.5 in. drive bays, or one of the 5.25 in. drive bays for a 3.5 in. drive.