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COMPUTER CASES

XG Viper 2 Case Review
By: Rich Smith
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    2006-04-05

    Table of Contents:
  • XG Viper 2 Case Review
  • Opening the box
  • The Viper 2 Revealed
  • Did someone say install?
  • Drives anyone?
  • I've got the power
  • Let's turn it up
  • Conclusion

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    When building a custom computer, it used to be that selecting a case for your machine was based solely on the internal configuration. Power supply, number of internal and external drive bays, and cooling potential were pretty much the only things that were important. All cases looked the same, square and beige in color. Todays cases include the look and feel of what old case modders used to spend weeks perfecting. The Viper 2 case, the latest case in MGEs XG line, is the best of both worlds: a well designed case wrapped in a sleek exterior.

    XG, which stands for Extreme Gamer, has come out with their newest case, the Viper 2.  This case in another in a line of cases designed around todays computer enthusiasts, who want their machines to look as good as they run.  Today Ill be building a machine using the Viper 2 case as the platform.

    On XGs website, they have this to say about their new case:

    The new Viper 2 carries on the tradition of the case that put XG on the map in the PC case market in 2004. The Viper 2 is truly designed with the extreme gamer in mind with its stylish design, aluminum 400W power, SATA 2.0, 20 + 4 pin connector and PCI express connector. With its ultra-gloss custom paint and hot design, the new Viper 2 features an advanced LCD display for time, CPU temperature, alarm, and fan speed. Other advanced features include a tool-less drive bay, PCI slot, and easy access side panel. Ideal for LAN Parties, Viper 2 comes with its compact size and ultra light weight.

    Just from the pictures, the case looks pretty good.  Let's take a look at the specs for the case, as listed on XGs website:

    Case Type

    Mid ATX, 1.0mm Aluminum alloy

    Power Supply

    Aluminum, 400W, Active PFC, SLI, and Smart Fan Control

    5.25 Drive bays

    4

    3.5 Drive bays (external)

    2

    3.5 Drive bays (internal)

    4

    USB

    Yes

    Firewire

    Yes

    Fan Included

    1x80mm front & 1x120mm rear red led fans

    Audio/Mic

    Yes

    LCD

    Time, date, and fan speeds

    PCI Slots

    7

    Case Dimensions (DxWxH)

    540mm x 260mm x 420mm

    Cuft

    3.5

    GW

    8.0 kg

    NW

    9.0 kg

    SATA

    Yes

    PCI Express

    2

    SLI Ready

    Yes

    Color options

    Black, Blue, Red, Silver

    Let's move on now, and take a look at the case itself

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