Ahanix dboX Case ReviewFormer staff writer - November 8, 2002
A Closer Look
By the time it arrived at my house, the box looked like it had one heck of a ride. Actually it did, it was mistakenly shipped to LinuXProX, and he had to turn around and ship it to me.
The case I received is black with gold buttons; however it is also available in Silver, Blue, Red, and Yellow. I was surprised when I got the case out of the box to find the plastic hinge on one of the drive covers had been broken off. The case was packed with foam and air wrap to protect it, so I’ll take the blame for the broken face plate. I probably broke it removing it from the box. I did look for replacement covers, and couldn’t find anything at Ahanix’s web page, nor at any of the resellers.
Included with the case are the two fans, speaker, user manual, motherboard mounting and various other screws. The manual is actually three pieces of paper written in English and what I assume is Chinese, and describes how to use the thermal display and how to mount the thermal sensors.
Taking a look at the back of the case, you can see the thumb screws which allow for a tool-less entry. The PSU mounts at the top, and the exhaust fan mounts below that.
Looking at the front of the case, everything is laid out very nice. The blue LED at the top of the case puts out a nice glow, and the red numbers on the thermal readout is easy to read in the light or dark. The two green LEDs above the temperature represent the fan speed. The yellow LEDs below the temperature readout identifies which thermal channel you have selected. Next to the yellow LEDs is an orange LED (not shown in picture) that displays HDD activity.
The door below the thermal readout hides the USB and IrDA ports. My computers aren't exactly situated in a way I can easily get behind them. Having front USB ports allows me to hook up my digital camera when needed without having to reach behind my computers and fumble around looking for a port. When the ports aren't in use, the door slides back to cover them up, leaving a nice clean look.
The front bezel is attached by six, round, plastic tabs, and removes easily.
If you look at the fan grill you can see the case has the ability to use either an 80mm or a 120mm fan. Who wants to use an 80mm fan when we can use a 120mm, right? :P On the bezel you can see the mesh filter, and if you look through the filter you can see the green controller board used for the thermal sensor, thermal read out, and fan control. It sounds nice to have all the extras, but in the situation of this case it actually causes a problem. With the controller board mounting directly in front of the intake fan, very little air gets brought into the case. I tested this again with my Sunon 120mm fan (108 CFM) to make sure it wasn't just the generic case fan, and noticed no improvements what-so-ever. This case will be fine as long as you don't plan to overclock, but as soon as you up the FSB you'll run into trouble.
Moving into the case, you can see a mess of wires. What's a case without a mess of wires though, right? No, the system speaker doesn't mount to the side of the door, it comes unmounted and you'll have to mount it yourself.
The power supply mounts at the very top of the case and present a problem for people who's power supply has a top intake fan, as there is only a 10mm space between the PSU and the case.