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AOpen A600 Series: A600B, Continued

2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche
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The cooling of the A600B is handled by single 120mm tri-colored lighted fan that is located in the rear of the case. While the A600B does support an additional 80mm fan for intake, which can be mounted behind the front bezel, AOpen didn't choose to include it with our test sample. Nonetheless, we populated it for our testing. AOpen calls the front fan optional, but we suggest that they just make it standard, rather than trying to cut corners by not including it.

With both the 120mm and 80mm fans installed, the cooling performance was exceptional. The large 120mm moves a great deal of heat out of the case, yet only generates a low level of noise. In fact, the fan on our CPU was more audible than the case fans used for testing. The A600B is well sealed and was very quiet by comparison to other cases in our review. This was a surprise to us, considering the number of vent holes located in the front bezel, as well as the side panels of the case. On the back of the case is located a fan bus style switch that allows the user to select from three fan speeds to help control noise.

Here, we get a look at the flip-up door that hides the front-mounted ports. As you can clearly see in this picture, AOpen needs to give the USB ports a little more clearance from the door. Also, you can see the nice reflections from the excellent high gloss paint finish on the A600B.

The A600B includes a flip-up door on the front bezel to hide the USB/1394/Firewire/MIC/headphone ports. The construction of the door is very good and works well, but when the door is open, it is a tight fit to access the top USB port. While the variety of devices that we tried to plug in fit with no problem, we would have preferred more clearance between the ports and the door; but this is nothing more than minor 'nit picking.' However, we feel it is something that AOpen should consider in future revisions of this case.

The only thing about the A600B that we didn't really like was its large feet on the bottom of the case. These feet looked a bit out of place considering the sleek look of the rest of the case. The good news about these feet, however, is that they are large enough to prevent the case from tipping over in all but the most extreme situations.

The A600B was quite a surprise and not at all what we expected from AOpen. This case is a high quality design that provides the user with an attractive housing for their computer system. While the styling is not aggressive enough to attract many gamers at first glance, those seeking a quality solution that is toned down a bit from more aggressively styled cases should consider the A600B. With the vast choices in cases that are available it is sometimes difficult to attract attention, but AOpen has hit the mark with the A600B if consumers take the time to consider it.

Summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Bezel, Bezel... Match My Case!
  3. Bezel, Bezel... Match My Case!, Continued
  4. The Review Process
  5. Antec: Performance One Series P160
  6. Antec: Performance One Series P160, Continued
  7. Antec: Performance One Series P160, Continued
  8. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE
  9. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE, Continued
  10. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE, Continued
  11. AOpen A600 Series: A600B
  12. AOpen A600 Series: A600B, Continued
  13. AOpen A600 Series: A600B, Continued
  14. Aspire: X-Alien
  15. Aspire: X-Alien, Continued
  16. Aspire: X-Alien, Continued
  17. Aspire: X-Dreamer II
  18. Aspire: X-Dreamer II, Continued
  19. Aspire: X-Dreamer II, Continued
  20. Athenatech: 400 Series
  21. Athenatech: 400 Series, Continued
  22. Athenatech: 400 Series, Continued
  23. Athenatech: 7800 Series
  24. Athenatech: 7800 Series, Continued
  25. Athenatech: 7800 Series, Continued
  26. BeanTech: BT85
  27. BeanTech: BT85, Continued
  28. BeanTech: BT85, Continued
  29. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12
  30. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12, Continued
  31. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12, Continued
  32. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021
  33. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  34. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  35. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  36. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT
  37. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  38. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  39. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  40. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK
  41. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  42. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  43. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  44. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B
  45. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B, Continued
  46. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B, Continued
  47. Fong Kai FK-333ATX
  48. Fong Kai FK-333ATX, Continued
  49. Fong Kai FK-333ATX, Continued
  50. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX
  51. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX, Continued
  52. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX, Continued
  53. Inwin X Series IW-X710
  54. Inwin X Series IW-X710, Continued
  55. Inwin X Series IW-X710, Continued
  56. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011
  57. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011, Continued
  58. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011, Continued
  59. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB
  60. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB, Continued
  61. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB, Continued
  62. Lian Li PC-6077
  63. Lian Li PC-6077, Continued
  64. Lian Li PC-6077, Continued
  65. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01
  66. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  67. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  68. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  69. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B
  70. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B, Continued
  71. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B, Continued
  72. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD
  73. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD, Continued
  74. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD, Continued
  75. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series
  76. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series, Continued
  77. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series, Continued
  78. Conclusion: An Extraordinary Number Of High-Scoring Cases Makes Picking The Winners Difficult
  79. Conclusion, Continued
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