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Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB, Continued

2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche
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The JN424SB is clearly a step up from the previous Jeantech 2011. In almost every way Jeantech has made an effort to both upgrade and maximize the features and benefits of the JN424SB over the 2011. The biggest highlight of this case comes in the form of a removable drive bay, as well as a channel located on the right hand side of the case with a second 80mm side panel-mounted fan to help exhaust heat from the internal hard drives. In addition, Jeantech strengthens the case by adding a cross member that runs the length of the case from back to front, which eliminates the bend and twist that we found in the 2011 Series case. It is clear that Jeantech has gone to great lengths to enhance the value of the JN424SB. We believe that once most users know the difference between the 2011 and the JN424SB they will bypass the 2011 in favor of the JN424SB, as the JN424SB is a much better built chassis for the money.

The innovative pull-down motherboard tray, as well as the rest of the case, is seen here in this picture.

While Jeantech will not win any awards for being the lightest case in the testing roundup, it was not the heaviest, either. With its steel construction, it is a chassis that features a hard tooled design with both riveting and some welding to assemble this case. The edges inside the JN424SB are considerably better finished and rolled to prevent cuts and scrapes than the edges found in the 2011 model. The buyer's hands will appreciate this enhancement.

The JN424SB features a screwless locking mechanism to allow the easy insertion and removal of external bay devices. While the side panel of the JN424SB does not feature a window, there is not much to see due to the addition of a cross member that covers much of the motherboard area. As with the 2011, the JN424SB features the butterfly-style motherboard tray, as well. We have found this to be quite a good feature, as well as a popular one; however, the butterfly design and the additional enhancements of the JN424SB drive cage have limited the cooling potential somewhat. With only a single fan in the front of the chassis and a single fan in the rear of the chassis, cooling is diminished, even with the two 80mm fans located in the side panels of the case. We found during our testing that the cooling of the JN424SB was considerably improved over the 2011, but much of this improvement is due to the improved grill design of the JN424SB, as it features more slits for air intake than does the 2011 design.

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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