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Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B, Continued

2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche
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The cooling setup inside the CS-5171LBFS-B features the option of mounting an 80mm, 92mm or 120mm fan in the front of the case. It almost goes without saying that this fan was not included with the test case that we received from Enermax. Two not included 80mm fans are used to exhaust air from the inside of the case. Additionally a single 80mm fan is located in the windowed side panel of the CS-5171LBFS-B; fortunately, this fan is included. With the 120mm fan installed in the front of the case and the two 120mm fans in the rear of the case, we achieved excellent results in our cooling tests. We were able to feel a great deal of air being moved through this case, which should, in turn, keep the components of your computer cool with this type of cooling setup. We believe the CS-5171LBFS-B is a good choice for overclockers due to the two rear 80mm fans that can push a lot of air outside of this case.

The Enermax included transfer panel that takes up the second 3.5" bay offers a bezel that is painted to match the finish of the case.

Enermax includes a pre-painted 3.5" transfer panel mounted in the second 3.5" bay that supports 2 USB ports, one 1394/Firewire port and a MIC and headphone jack. Should you desire not to use this transfer panel, it is easily removed from the case. The bezel of the transfer panel is painted the same high-gloss black finish to match the case. The 3.5" bay above, however, will present more of a challenge because unlike the 5.25" bays that feature a slide up/slide down door to cover the 5.25" devices hidden behind this door, the bezel on the 3.5" floppy drive or other device installed here will not match the paint finish of the case. While it might be possible to have a bezel painted with a high-gloss, automobile style finish by simply prepping the bezel yourself and taking it to a local body shop to have it painted, this adds hassle and expense to the consumer.

The CS-5171LBFS-B presented a dilemma for us. While we would rate construction quality of the case as above average and the paint finish on the case as excellent, separating these two aspects is impossible given the method we use for reviewing cases at THG. When you compare the CS-5171LBFS-B with some of the other high-gloss finishes that we have seen in this review, the Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B stands out as a bargain. However, in this instance looks are everything and this begs the question of whether a consumer should be buying a case based on just looks alone. In our opinion, the CS-5171LBFS-B is a functional case. It tested reasonably well and did not offer us any problems beyond a bit of a cramped feeling during the installation process. We can honestly recommend the CS-5171LBFS-B as a good budget entry level case. While the CS-5171LBFS-B will definitely turn some heads it might not be the best case of choice for many high-end enthusiasts over the long term. It all boils down to what the consumer is looking for in their next chassis purchase.

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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