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Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued

2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche
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One thing that is certain about the CK-1021 is that the inside of this case is quite roomy. The ability to support a full ATX-sized motherboard provides plenty of inside room. Behind the 3.5" bays there is some space to hide unwieldy or unsightly cabling, and this is a significant design plus.

The cooling potential of the CK-1021 is quite good due to Casetek's use of 92mm fans in the rear of the chassis, as well as the side panel. However, we encountered some issues with turbulence with both of the 92mm fans installed on the side panel adapter. With both of these fans installed, the airflow from front to back is somewhat disrupted. However, once the side panel fan adapter was removed and the case is operated with the single 80mm fan in the front, the 92mm fan in the rear and the single 80mm fan in the top, cooling was quite adequate and the CK-1021 performed well. We were puzzled by Casetek's choice of an 80mm fan in the front of the case rather than a 92mm fan in the front of the case, as well as utilizing a 92mm fan setup in the front of the rear; Casetek could have cut down on the noise that the 80mm fan in the front creates. To Casetek's credit, however, they have provided washable air filters for the majority of the fans in this case. Still, we were put off by the fact that Casetek did not include these fans with our test case. We could not actually ascertain if the fans for the CK-1021 are or are not included. It appears that the addition of fans to the case is a 'build time' decision that is made by the party placing the case order with Casetek. Another thing that should be noted is that 92mm fans can be more difficult to find for replacement purposes, as the market continues to stress the use of 80mm fans that are commonly found in most configurations.

A look at the top-mounted port design of the CK-1021.

The CK-1021 features a top-mounted port design with dual USB 2.0, 1394/Firewire and MIC and headphone jack on the top of the case. The ports are concealed by a pop-up door, which we found to be fairly sturdy in its design and difficult to break, even with our continued pushing and prodding of it. While the door is held in place by two plastic clips, we felt its construction was adequate for the design. The CK-1021 features an external lock as well as chassis intrusion detection. While many users often ignore this feature, it is a nicely included extra.

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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