Coolermaster ATCS840 Case ReviewZertz - November 20, 2008
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Side panels are made out of over one millimeter thick aluminum sheets, ensuring a solid structure while maintaining the very refined and sleek brushed look. Although they seemingly are identical, both panels bottom and top edges are not made exactly the same so one will only fit on its assigned side. They are each held in place by two easy to work with thumb screws.
The front side has the same well done aluminum finish, with the five optical drives slots as well as the lonely floppy disk drive, which can be used as a full 5.25 inch slot. The covers are made out of plastic, but at least it looks good and clearly is not the cheapest piece they had laying around. The top most drive cover has the model's name printed on it – ATCS 840 for the short memories out there. The bottom part is dominated by Coolermaster's white logo stamped on a plate attached about half an inch further than the main structure. This allows the front fan to breath some fresh air with more facility and efficiency.
Speaking of the front fan, it is an impressive 230mm in diameter and is rated to produce 19dBA at 700 RPM, which is virtually silent. The metal panel hiding it is easy to remove once you figure out how or actually take time to read the instructions. There are fan filters all around and this one isn't an exception - it is also easy to remove and clean. I had a somewhat important issue with the front fan, which was most likely just one bad mount in between all the ones they made. One of the blades was stuck in the casing, so obviously if I had turned it on before taking it apart, the pictures below would probably be one of a broken fan.
Computer enclosures back sides rarely draw much attention if any, but this one actually offers more than the average case. It features the mandatory 120mm fan found on the vast majority of cases, but that's not all. It is designed to fit the power supply either at the top, bottom or even both, whichever the user prefers, and the remaining opening can be used to route water cooling tubing. There is also a handle to pull the motherboard tray out, a very nifty feature covered within the next few pages. Finally, notice how Coolermaster brilliantly decided not to include a useless I/O plate most companies still bundle for some obscure reason.
Keep going to finish the tour around this huge case.