Cooler Master has been making some great looking and the best performing case on the market for awhile now. But one thing has always held me back from getting one was the price. Finally Cooler Master has come in with a new lower priced (definitely not budget) case, the ATC-710. Although, with a price currently ranging from $140 to $180 they should still deliver the goods.
Cooler Master ATC-710
Product: Cooler Master ATC-710 Price: $140 - $180 per Price Watch Availability: Now Written by: Chad (Memphist0) Reviewed: August, 2002
Introduction: Cooler Master has been making some great looking and the best performing case on the market for awhile now. But one thing has always held me back from getting one was the price. Finally Cooler Master has come in with a new lower priced (definitely not budget) case, the ATC-710. Although, with a price currently ranging from $140 to $180 they should still deliver the goods.
After all the horror stories about UPS and other delivery companies I was glad to see Cooler Master placed the case in a pretty decently padded box. I'm kind of anal about such things and figured a few of you might be also, so I added a picture of the case in the packing box.
NOTE: All pictures in this review are hyperlinked so you can see them in 800x600
Overview: The ATC-710 is based on the very familiar Chieftec/Antec design. Even the rails for the 5 1/4" drives have Chieftec printed on them. Now at first I was a little pissed when I realized this, but then I realized if you were going to copy a design the Chieftec case is probably the best. Kinda like buying a brand new Z-28, opening the hood and find you have a nice Corvette engine inside. Who am I to complain? Also, Cooler Master has made a big improvement to the case by replacing that plastic front cover with a nice looking aluminum one. Ain't she pretty?
Specifications: The ATC-710 is available with a dark gray front panel, the ATC-710-GX2, or with a silver front panel, the ATC-710-SX2. Obviously, in this review I was looking at the ATC-710-SX2 with the silver front panel. Again, the front is made out of aluminum, but the case is made from the same familiar 1.0mm SECC (Zinc-coated Steel). This was a little disappointing, I was hoping when Cooler Master added their name to it they might have re-done it in all aluminum. The case has 4 (exposed) 5 1/4" driver bays and 6, 2 exposed, 3 1/2" drive bays. It has room for 2 Short and 4 full-length expansion slots, PCI/ISA. It supports an extended ATX motherboard and is a standard ATX case. It has 4 spots for 80mm case fans, 2 in the front and 2 in the back. Its heavy at 13 kilograms with very roomy dimensions of 455mm(length) by 205mm(width) by 522mm(tall). And here is a breakdown straight from the Cooler Master website.
Aluminum front panel & Case body 1.0mm SECC (Zinc-coated Steel)
Optional power supply unit 300W ,400W or PS2 redundant
Optional cooling fan (8025mm X 2 front , 8025mm X 2 back )
Case: 13kg Power Supply: 2kg
455mm(L) X 205mm(W) X 522mm(H)
Again all the specifications, except the aluminum face plate, are the same as the base Chieftec/Antec design. And here are some pics if your not familiar with the Chieftecs so you can see the roominess of it.
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