Review of Ahanix Extreme X120 "Black" Micro ATX PC Case.

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I just wanted forwarn anyone who is considering the Ahanix "Extreme"
case.

http://www.ahanix.com/extreme.html

It is by far the worst case I have ever had the experience to use.

Its micro atx power supply is so under rated I can hardly hold a
simple session in windows 2000 no less use it for its intended
application. A +12V at 9Amps maximum power is an utterly worthless
PSU rail rating. Not in any way capable of an "Intel P4 and AMD
XP/MP Compatible" system as noted in the features portion of you
product description.

Also, the case fan has something in common with its name in that it
makes and EXTREME amount of noise. Other grips are the lack of
instructions on proper positioning for the thermal probes, improperly
de-burred edges (Like Razor Blades), poor ventilation, minimal
mounting depth of PCI I/O with respect to the optical drive bay, and
misrepresentation of the case in the gallery in a desktop position,
when it is only intended for tower application.

The only aspect of the case I appreciate is its appearance, which is
further depreciated by the fact that it is extremely susceptible to
scratching.

I am so disappointed with this case and its performance, I wanted to
make sure that no one else even consider buying it.

COMMENTS WELCOME.

BTW: I have no other experiences with Ahanix Products but
this has definitely tarnished my opinion of the brand.
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    >I just wanted forwarn anyone who is considering the Ahanix "Extreme"
    >case.
    >
    >http://www.ahanix.com/extreme.html
    >
    >It is by far the worst case I have ever had the experience to use.
    >
    >Its micro atx power supply is so under rated I can hardly hold a
    >simple session in windows 2000 no less use it for its intended
    >application. A +12V at 9Amps maximum power is an utterly worthless
    >PSU rail rating. Not in any way capable of an "Intel P4 and AMD
    >XP/MP Compatible" system as noted in the features portion of you
    >product description.

    I'm building one of these($60) for a raffle;
    http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/a106/.

    I already did two that size that were way less money. One was $25, the
    other $23(W/PSU). Both got Mobile Barton 2500+ set to 3400+. Cooling
    is a challange but not real hard. As far as power these only use 104W
    full tilt. I put slim DVD drives in them which gives more room to work
    and they use less power. A slim DVD drive for a notebook and a 5400rpm
    or 7200rpm notebook drive would most likely solve your power problems.

    This one I made from a $20 Lowes tool box:
    http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,9510722~mode=flat

    -----------------------
    All lower case to respond by mail.
    If you give a little they give a lot
    http://www.dslreports.com/forum/disco
  2. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    > AndrewJwrote:
    Quote:
    I just wanted forwarn anyone who is considering the
    Ahanix "Extreme"
    > case.
    >
    > http://www.ahanix.com/extreme.html
    >
    > It is by far the worst case I have ever had the experience to use.
    >
    > Its micro atx power supply is so under rated I can hardly hold a
    > simple session in windows 2000 no less use it for its intended
    > application. A +12V at 9Amps maximum power is an utterly worthless
    > PSU rail rating. Not in any way capable of an "Intel P4 and AMD
    > XP/MP Compatible" system as noted in the features portion of you
    > product description.
    >
    I'm building one of these($60) for a raffle;
    http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/a106/.

    I already did two that size that were way less money. One was $25,
    the
    other $23(W/PSU). Both got Mobile Barton 2500+ set to 3400+. Cooling
    is a challange but not real hard. As far as power these only use 104W
    full tilt. I put slim DVD drives in them which gives more room to
    work
    and they use less power. A slim DVD drive for a notebook and a
    5400rpm
    or 7200rpm notebook drive would most likely solve your power
    problems.

    This one I made from a $20 Lowes tool box:
    http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,9510722~mode=flat

    -----------------------
    All lower case to respond by mail.
    If you give a little they give a lot
    http://www.dslreports.com/forum/disco


    First off I posted originally in Usenet not on this forum. I happened
    to stumble acrossed it by accident.

    Further more AndrewJ the case you are
    referring to is not the same. Then names are similar but not the
    same:

    Ahanix vs Athenatech

    I'm sure the case you have is fine, but its not the same as the one I
    reviewed. Please follow the link and see.

    My case
    http://www.ahanix.com/extreme.html
    Your case (from the URL you supplied)
    http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/a106/

    On Another Note the Company Ahanix, after I email them, has been very
    responsible about getting me a replacement to the inferior PSU.
    Thanks to a Gentleman by the name of Louis Yu with Ahanix. I've yet
    to recieve it but any alternative is better than what i have. I'll
    post the followup back in the originating Usenet Group. Hopefully it
    will make its way back to here.

    ==============
    Posted through www.HowToFixComputers.com/bb - free access to hardware troubleshooting newsgroups.
  3. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    > AndrewJwrote:
    Quote:
    I just wanted forwarn anyone who is considering the
    Ahanix "Extreme"
    > case.
    >
    > http://www.ahanix.com/extreme.html
    >
    > It is by far the worst case I have ever had the experience to use.
    >
    > Its micro atx power supply is so under rated I can hardly hold a
    > simple session in windows 2000 no less use it for its intended
    > application. A +12V at 9Amps maximum power is an utterly worthless
    > PSU rail rating. Not in any way capable of an "Intel P4 and AMD
    > XP/MP Compatible" system as noted in the features portion of you
    > product description.
    >
    I'm building one of these($60) for a raffle;
    http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/a106/.

    I already did two that size that were way less money. One was $25,
    the
    other $23(W/PSU). Both got Mobile Barton 2500+ set to 3400+. Cooling
    is a challange but not real hard. As far as power these only use 104W
    full tilt. I put slim DVD drives in them which gives more room to
    work
    and they use less power. A slim DVD drive for a notebook and a
    5400rpm
    or 7200rpm notebook drive would most likely solve your power
    problems.

    This one I made from a $20 Lowes tool box:
    http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,9510722~mode=flat

    -----------------------
    All lower case to respond by mail.
    If you give a little they give a lot
    http://www.dslreports.com/forum/disco


    First off I posted originally in Usenet not on this forum. I happened
    to stumble acrossed it by accident.

    Further more AndrewJ the case you are
    referring to is not the same. Then names are similar but not the
    same:

    Ahanix vs Athenatech

    I'm sure the case you have is fine, but its not the same as the one I
    reviewed. Please follow the link and see.

    My case
    http://www.ahanix.com/extreme.html
    Your case (from the URL you supplied)
    http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/a106/

    On Another Note the Company Ahanix, after I email them, has been very
    responsible about getting me a replacement to the inferior PSU.
    Thanks to a Gentleman by the name of Louis Yu with Ahanix. I've yet
    to recieve it but any alternative is better than what i have. I'll
    post the followup back in the originating Usenet Group. Hopefully it
    will make its way back to here.

    ==============
    Posted through www.HowToFixComputers.com/bb - free access to hardware troubleshooting newsgroups.
  4. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    >
    >First off I posted originally in Usenet not on this forum. I happened
    >to stumble acrossed it by accident.
    >
    >Further more AndrewJ the case you are
    >referring to is not the same. Then names are similar but not the
    >same:
    >
    >Ahanix vs Athenatech
    >
    Yeah... I was just sharing info that I have, reguarding any m-ATX
    case.
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