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COMPUTER CASES

X-Dreamer Case
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    2003-10-08

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    These days, you find very few computers are being built with the simple beige box. More and more, cases are adding aesthetics for their main selling points, instead of functionality, as you would see in the classic Enlight or AOpen box from a few years ago. "Case modding" has gone mainstream, with even cheaper cases getting the treatment. This X-Dreamer case from XPCases is no different.

     

    Manufacturer:

       TurboCases
      Product:   X-Dreamer Case

    Price:

       USD$65.98

    Availability:

       NOW

    Reviewed By:

       DMOS

    Edited By:

       Mack "SPeeD"

    Silver X-Dreamer Case

     


     

     

    INTRODUCTION

    These days, you find very few computers are being built with the simple beige box.  More and more, cases are adding aesthetics for their main selling points, instead of functionality, as you would see in the classic Enlight or AOpen box from a few years ago.  "Case modding" has gone mainstream, with even cheaper cases getting the treatment.  This X-Dreamer case from XPCases is no different.  


    INITIAL IMPRESSIONS 

    The case arrived on my doorstep in surprisingly good shape, considering its trip from the southern United States to Ontario.  XPCases shipped the goods in a double box, for protection, so I thought. 

     

      

     


           

     

    Surprisingly, they included some extra goodies as well for me to look at!  To dress things up, were also a Silver Multimedia Keyboard and Mouse combo, as well as a blue Cold Cathode, and 4 blue LED fans.  So while I don't know if its their standard policy to use the double box, it was much appreciated considering to the "Parcel Olympics" that many carriers participate in.


    SPECIFICATIONS and FEATURES

    To save myself the typing, here is the specs on this case right from the dealers themselves.

     

    * Power Supply Included
        -   350 Watt TurboLink New ATX12V P4/AMD Power Supply
        -   Supports: AMD, Pentium IV, Pentium III and Celeron
        -   Rear I/O Switch
    * Main Board
        -   ATX / AT
    * Computer Case External Dimensions
        -    Depth: 16.75"
        -    Width: 8.25"
        -   Height: 16.75"
    * Drive Space
        -   5.25 Front Accessible Drives: 4
        -   3.5   Front Accessible Drives: 2
        -   3.5   Internal Access Drives: 5
    * Computer Case rear Expansion Slots: 7
    * Computer Case Material: Metal
    * Build-In Thermal Monitor with Blue Back-Lit LCD Digital Temp. Display
    * Computer Case Fans
        -   80mm Side Panel Fan: 1 Tri-Color LED Fan (Included)
        -   80mm Top Panel Exhaust Fan: 1 Clear Fan (Included)
        -   80mm Rear Exhaust Fans: 2 (Optional)
        -   80mm Front hidden Fans: 4 (Optional)
    * Front Panel Features
        -   USB Access Ports: 2
        -   Microphone Jack: 1
        -   Speaker Jack:       1
        -   IEEE 1394 Firewire Port: Optional

    * MORE INCLUDED ITEMS AND FEATURES:
    * Dual Drop Down 5.25" drive bays covers for color consistancy
    * Matching color 3.5" drive bay cover
    * Front Panel Switch: POWER / RESET
    * L.E.D. Display: POWER / HDD
    * PC Cases Side Panel with See Through Shock Resistant Acrylic Window
    * Tri-Color LED Fan on Acrylic Window
    * Top Panel with 80mm Exhaust Fan
    * Extension Cables for Front Panel Access Ports
    * Clear Acrylic Face Cover for Polished Appearance
    * Power Supply AC Cord
    * Thumb Screws for pc cases side panel
    * Main Board Mounting screws, Drive screws and stand offs

     

    As you can see, you are unfortunately paying for a PSU that if you are an avid overclocker, will be better as a paperweight than anything else.  However, for more everyday systems, it's sufficient.  I used it during the review, but I had to strip down my system a bit in order to have it work correctly.  It still managed to power my 2 drive RAID array, but keeping in my 3rd HD for Linux, and leaving my system heavily OC'd was asking too much of it.  There were also only four molex (four pin) connectors.  While that is fixable by using splitters, I suppose that TurboLink just knows what this thing is capable of, and don't entice you to add more than a minimum load.   

     

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