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Athenatech: 7800 Series, Continued

2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche
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With an astonishing number of seven 5.25" bays and an aggressive bezel design, the 7800 Series breaks new ground in the pedestal server/workstation market space. The 7800 is built like a tank; however, we found the use of the beige-colored plastic accents for the locking mechanism, top-mounted port cover and feet to look very odd and out of place in comparison to the black and silver colored, front-bezel design. While this case is clearly designed for server and workstation applications, due to its seven 5.25" bays that are primarily targeted toward the use of hard drive swap trays, it is difficult to understand Athenatech's choice of these unmatched beige colored pieces on the outside construction of the case. Perhaps changing those to black, instead of beige, would give the case a look and feel different from other cases in this category. And, this 7800 Series case, which is targeted toward the workstation/server market is somewhat out of place compared to the other cases in this review that are more consumer applications targeted.

To further complicate things, one has to only look at the cooling solution provided by the 7800 Series; it features only three fans. A single 120mm fan is in the rear, as well as two 92 or 120 mm fans that are embedded in a removable panel on the side of the 7800. Due to ample ventilation, this cooling setup does work remarkably well, but is limited because there is no front featured intake solution. Athenatech has configured the 7800 Series to be more indicative of what can be found in similar cases of this design.

A look at the inside of the 7800 series.

Upon the installation of our test configuration, we found ample amounts of room as well as considerable generation of noise. Much of this noise is due to the 7800 Series' configuration that utilizes a very open intake frame in the front of the case, as well as a significant number of vent holes on the side panel. While the case is exceptionally sturdy and exhibited neither bend nor twist, this is due to the heavy construction material used for the 7800 Series, which also contributes to the weight of the case.

Our test configuration is not sufficiently large to get a good feel for the performance of this case when fully loaded. It is ironic that Athenatech would choose to submit this model for this type of a review. Still, those who have the need for many drives will find ample room for all of them; however, you will be required to invest in 5.25" drive trays to insert the 3.5" drives into the 7800 Series chassis. This is an additional expense that probably will not bother those for whom this case is targeted.

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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