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Conclusion, Continued

2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche
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As for the Honorable Mention awards in the mainstream/enthusiast category, we could not decide; thus, we declare a tie between the Cooler Master ATC-201B-BXT and the Thermaltake Lanfire VA-2000A. It is a toss up as to which one of these cases will better suit your needs. We preferred the Cooler Master ATC-201B-BXT due to its practicality and elegant, high-gloss finish. Even when moved into the Praetorian product family by Cooler Master later next year, this case will continue to be a favorite with enthusiasts and gamers alike. This case design has been recognized by us previously as an Editor's Choice under the ATCS-Tek label; thus, we didn't feel that beyond the new paint and case color that it offered enough new to warrant another Editors' Choice award at this time. Once this case incorporates all of the new revisions as promised by Cooler Master (when the case moves to the Praetorian product family) we will revisit this case once again for Editors' Choice consideration.

As for the Thermaltake Lanfire, Thermaltake does an excellent job of packing a number of features into an attractive package at a reasonable price. The biggest question in choosing between these two cases is how aggressive you want the styling of your computer case to be. This may make it easier to choose between these Honorable Mention candidates.

Our Editors' Choice in the budget/system integrator category is awarded to the Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B . This case offers a variety of features that make it a worthy choice for the budget-minded consumer. We have seen some excellent advertised deals for this particular case, which obviously led us to select this case as our Budget Editors' Choice champion. A close Honorable Mention second goes to the Aspire X-Alien. The X-Alien offers a variety of features plus a 420 Watt power supply for $129 MSRP, and probably much less if you are willing to do some shopping around for it. Although the X-Alien offers an interior design that we have seen in other cases, the bottom line is the X-Alien does a lot at a very reasonable price point. It is a good looking case, reasonably priced and definitely worthy of your consideration.

The avalanche of cases we reviewed this time was staggering. The hours that went into testing, evaluation and writing about these products are many. The time, of course, was well spent. We were impressed with the improvement in product quality of the cases that we received; previously we had never received so many high quality cases from such a wide variety of manufacturers. We also saw excellent offerings from manufacturers that are new to Tom's Hardware Guide readers, and several of these manufacturers offered some new concepts and innovations not seen before.

In every case review we learn more about what to expect from case manufacturers. It is clear that the case manufacturing industry is learning a lot from our reviews, as well as the buying preferences of many THG readers. We look forward to seeing what will be in store for our next case review.

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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