Xion Predator Gaming Series AXP 970 ReviewCompxpert - October 4, 2010
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Though the case didn't perform as expected in testing it does have quite a few nice features which does makes up pretty well for it. On the up and up unlike a lot of cases on the market the AXP-970 is painted black inside and out. Also unlike many others this case supports two fans on the top panel which can be either 120mm or 140mm or even a radiator with those same size fans. This case also offers great expandability in that with the fans you can add those two to the top and even add another two 120mm fans to the side or just a single 200mm fan. A great feature I've never seen in any other case at least at consumer and not server level is of course the hot swap drive bays. Of course if you do intend to buy this case to utilize these keep in mind that AHCI needs enabled in BIOS in order to take advantage of the hot swap feature set. Though it was sad they had punch outs for the rear expansion slots and no slot covers they did include other features like a couple of tool-less solutions. It's great to see case manufacturers trying to make it easier and quicker to install and remove hardware using tool-less solutions and not every case manufacturer does. Last to mention is probably my favorite feature. Included with the case are several holes built-in to the motherboard tray which are outfitted with grommets for wire management. This allowed me to run many of my wires behind the motherboard tray and only through the hole and straight to the component I intend to connect it to. Price is also important to consider when buying any case and when it comes to getting more for your money you definitely aren't getting ripped off here. This case fetches a very nice and modest $79.99 on newegg which I must say is very impressive considering how much is really offered with this case. If you happen to be looking for a case and want my recommendation then yes I say this case has got to be the best bang for your buck.
- All black inside and out
- Top mount rad support with either dual 120mm or dual 140mm fans
- Expandability with fans able to support two more 120mm fans or one 200mm fan and either two more 120mm or 140mm fans
- Great wiremanageability features such as holes in motherboard tray with grommets
- Hot swap drive bays
- A few tool-less solutions included for 5.25" and 3.5" bays
- Front fan is a little hard to remove from the front panel'
- No rear expansion slot covers included