Ikonik Optimus 1200 Review

Compxpert - 2010-12-14 22:27:21 in Cases
Category: Cases
Reviewed by: Compxpert   
Reviewed on: January 12, 2011
Price: $54.99

Introduction:

A case isn't always just about features but hey, who doesn't want features? To some, a case may simply be just that, a case. Nothing more than a source of protection from the outside world for the fragile components that rest inside it. To others however, a case may need to do more than just simply protect your hardware. A truly good case will take these two extremes and meet somewhere in the middle. How well it finds that medium can depend on factors such as manufacturer and price. Ikonik is quite a newcomer in the market of cases (only having just surfaced recently) and already they are producing great products from the get-go and the Ikonik Zaria was definitely no disappointment. Knowing how good the Zaria was, should the same be expected for what is on review today? Today for review I have the Ikonik Optimus 1200. For what it is, it definitely boasts some good features in terms of expandability. Should you be looking to add some large top panel fans, the Optimus sure won't disappoint since it sports two 140mm top fan holes. But what else does this case have in store? You'll have to read on!

 

Closer Look:

Starting off with what might be the front of the box (hard to tell front from rear), we have a black and white picture of the case as well as a mention of eight specific features. On the next side of the box, we have the specifications. Here on the proported back of the box, we have a blown out diagram of the case also highlighting specifics. Lastly, we have the final side of the box which shows different optional panels that can be included with the case. With this model, we would appeare to have a metal side panel with two 120mm side fan holes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next we have the opened box with the packaging containing the case now visible. The case came fully protected in bubble wrap as well as a plastic bag. Additionally, it was sandwiched between two pieces of styrofoam.

 

 

 

So far it looks like we have a decent case. But how many included options are there really in this package? Read on.

Closer Look:

With the packaging out of the way, we're ready to take a closer look at the case. As stated earlier, included is a metal side panel with holes for two 120mm fans. Optional however, are two types of windowed side panels but it's not known whether these can be purchased separately if desired. Moving on to the back of the case, we have what you would normally expect to see on any other case. It seems that Ikonik also went with a bottom install PSU on this model which seems to be the current trend in new cases. Next up we have the other side of the case as well as the front panel of the case.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The top of the case sports fan holes which can apparently hold two of either 90mm, 120mm, or 140mm fans. As you can see, Ikonik has put convenient connections on the top panel which includes an audio and mic jack as well as eSATA and two USB 2.0 ports. Last but not least, we have the bottom of the case which sports a fan filter for the PSU as well as four rubber feet which are secured to the bottom of the case with screws.

 

 

 

 

Not much is really included with the case in terms of fans or so it seems. However, while it lacks features here, it might indicate an opportunity for splurging elsewhere. I invite you to read on.

Closer Look:

With a quick look at the inside of the case, it is nice to know tool-less solutions are included for all drives. Here we have close up shots of both sets of tool-less drive solutions. The case accepts both Full ATX and Micro ATX boards depending on your needs. Also nicely included with this case is a convenient hole in the motherboard tray for easy swapping of heatsink or waterblock backplates. Take notice also that the case is all black inside and out which is a nice touch for any case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a close-up shot of the pinouts for motherboard standoffs. As mentioned earlier, the PSU is bottom mounted and here it seems Ikonik had some good forethought by including the fan filter on the outside of the case so you won't have to remove the PSU to clean it. Here also are rubber feet for the PSU to rest on. Included like on many cases recently, are some watercooling holes fitted with grommets as well as some thumbscrews to secure expansion devices. Lastly, we have a close-up of the only included fan in the package which, is simply a 120mm fan. Nothing else is mentioned on specifications for the fan.

 

 

 

Inside the case, the cage for the hard drives can hold up to five. It can also hold one externally accessible 3.5" device. The Optimus is able to take on up to four 5.25" drives. With the front panel off, we get a close look at the LED board behind the panel. Of all of the LEDs, only two of them blink simultaneously for hard drive activity while the rest remain on when the PC is powered up. Moving on to the final side of the case, you should notice that the tool-less solutions aren't just on one side of the case, they are on both.

 

 

 

Pictured here are the internal connecting wires for the top panel connections.  Next up are the side panels and front panel. The side panels of the case are quite easy to install and remove as is the front panel.

 

 

 

Last up we have our included accessories which consist of some zipties, mounting hardware, install guide, speaker and an insert for the external 3.5" bay. Last but not least, we have the actual install which went quite smoothly. I must say the side panel will not allow clearance at all for installation of any fan in the top portion of the side panel. This of course only being a problem if you have a tall heatsink. Also you probably won't be able to fit anything above a push pull configuration heatsink unless you can orient your heatsink differently. The case's wire management worked quite well providing adequate space to run wires behind the motherboard tray.

 

 

So the install was nice and smooth and the case has some modest features such as a few tool-less solutions and all black paint. I really can't imagine it will test well with only one fan but let's see how it goes.

Specifications:

Chassis Type
Mid Tower
Dimension (W x H x D)
200 x 480 x 502 mm
Color
Exterior and interior black
5.25” drive bay
4
3.5” internal drive bay
5 (Support 2.5” SSD installation)
3.5” external drive bay
1
Expansion slots
7
Side panel
TAC2.0 / Transparent (Optional)
Material
ABS + Mesh bezel, SECC 0.6mm
I/O panel
1x eSATA  / Audio / 2x USB 2.0
Cooling (optional)
Front: 9 / 12 cm fan x1
Rear: 9 / 12 cm fan x1
Side: 12 cm fan x2 (TAC 2.0 side panel only)
        12 cm fan or 14 cm fan x2 (Transparent side panel “A” only)
Top: 9 / 12 or 14 cm x2
Mainboard support
μATX / ATX

 

Features:

All information courtesy of Ikonik @ http://www.ikonik.com/Product/Optimus1200.html

Testing:

Testing as usual was a simple set of tests designed to show how well the case performs in situations where the computer is idle or under a load. I will have to generate a load on the components of the system and record temperatures. The same goes for idle testing where I allow the computer to idle for an hour before recording temperatures. To stress for load on the CPU and Chipset, I will be using Prime 95. For the GPU and hard disk, I will be using Folding@Home and HDtune. Temperatures are recorded with a combination of HwMonitor and RealTemp for core temperature(s). Of course it goes without saying that lowest (coolest) is best.

 

Testing System:

 

Comparison Cases:

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I sort of expected, the Optimus didn't perform as well as any of the other cases in four out of eight tests. While, in the other half of the tests, it came in at around the average temp. Not too bad for only one fan I suppose.

Conclusion:

While the case doesn't perform as well as it really should, it does make up for it in a few other areas such as the all black interior and exterior. It also boasts modest features like fan filters which are provided for the top panel, front panel and PSU as well as a tool-less solutions for drive installation. Wire management with the case was a relative breeze so it doesn't disappoint there. The case also has built-in watercooling support through tube holes and even allows you to swap heatsinks or waterblock brackets without the need to remove the motherboard. Sure, it would have been nice if the case included a few more things with it (like fans) but it is nice to know there are other options when it comes to a side panel on this case. Not really sure if a side panel can be purchased separately like some other manufactures do offer. However, I'm sure the case is likely sold with different options depending on where you get it. Which brings us to the next point which is where to buy it. Well, a quick search and I can find it on many reputable sites such as Xoxide or Amazon.com. As for a price, well the case floats at around a very modest $54.99 on Amazon.com which more than makes up for the lack of fans. If you're looking for a great budget case for your next build. then I would have to recommend the Ikonik Optimus 1200.

 

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