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Aspire: X-Alien, Continued

2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche
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The X-Alien features the use of rails for the drive 5-¼" drive bays. Aspire has an interesting innovative idea of storing the drive bay rails inside of the removable 5-¼" drive bezels. In addition, Aspire has taken the step of making these rails UV reactive, as well, so you can see them through the drive bay. In addition, the fan holders in the rear of the case are translucent UV reactive. This is a cool idea and something that would be a great fit for UV reactive motherboards, such as the DFI LAN party series.

The cooling on the X-Alien is nice, as well. The case features two 80mm UV reactive lighted fans behind the front intake grill, an 80mm UV reactive lighted fan in the side panel window, two 80mm UV reactive fans in the rear of the system as well as another 80mm fan in the top. This cooling setup worked quite well and provides efficient cooling throughout the case. Because of the number of fans, this system might tend to be noisier, but it would work very well for the overclocker.

Here, you can see both the front-mounted port design as well as the rail storage that is hidden behind the bezels in the X-Alien.

The X-Alien features two front-mounted USB 2.0 ports, 1394/Firewire port, headphone jack and MIC jack. The headphone and MIC jacks provided use cables that plug into the back of the case via cables that are routed outside of the case using a hole that is in one of the slot covers. This is not the ideal setup, as most motherboards, like our Abit NF7-S, have very good audio on the motherboard with supported internal connections on the motherboard. Luckily for the X-Alien owner, the USB and 1394/Firewire connections do not follow this situation and provide direct connections to the motherboard.

With the X-Alien there is a lot to like. Aspire has done a good job of blending the best of the X-Superalien into a more affordable package with the X-Alien. While our biggest problem with this case was the front audio cables having to be routed out to the rear of the case, the rest of the case is quite adequate. We did encounter some difficulty with the fit of the door; thus, we recommend that you check the door fit on the case, if possible. If you like the style of the X-Alien, you can't really complain about the quality of this product. We recommend the X-Alien for purchase as it is a competitive package with a lot of flair at a reasonable price point. The variety of available colors is an added bonus.

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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