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2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche

2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche
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With each case review the number of cases we review grows, as does the amount of time required to examine, test and review those cases. The good news is that the choices available to the consumer continue to grow. This second part of the 2003 Fall Case Review thus completes the largest and most comprehensive case review in THG's history.

In part one of the 2003 Fall Case Review we examined the MicroATX offerings from several case manufacturers; if you are looking for the MicroATX cases that we reviewed earlier, here is the link to that review: (2003 Winter Case Review Part 1: MicroATX Case Madness )

Before we dive into this lengthy case review, we thought it worthwhile to recap some of the key points from our discussions with numerous case manufacturers at Computex regarding new innovations and such. (You can read the entire article here - Computex Fall 2003 : Case, Case, This Is The Place! )

One of the most important discussions with the case manufacturers during Computex covered the development of the new BTX form factor and cases that are compatible with the BTX form factor. Since our initial discussion with many case manufacturers on the subject of BTX, things have grown mysteriously silent on this topic. Several manufacturers have indicated they are still working on the development and testing of BTX solutions, but others have stated that development of new BTX cases remains at the starting line for the moment. It seems that at least from a case manufacturing point of view the transition to BTX is not as much a priority as many feel it should be.

However, anyone who is purchasing a case for a long-term use should carefully weigh the cost of that case against the likelihood that they might decide to migrate to the BTX form factor in the future. This uncertain form factor future, along with the uncertain world economy, seems to have reached the case manufacturers as well. Several manufacturers believe that these two factors have impacted sales of their higher-end flagship products, while sales of their mid-range and low-end products continue to remain about the same.

Many manufacturers are lowering the prices of their high-end flagship cases to combat stagnant sales of these cases. This is great news for consumers, who can now get a higher quality case for considerably less. Whether or not to invest in a high-end case, even at an affordable price, has never been more complicated due to the looming BTX question. Based on our discussions with the case manufacturers, however, we can assure you that ATX cases are not going away anytime soon; thus, at least for the near future, BTX should not be the overriding concern, as compatible ATX form factor products are plentiful and should continue to be for some time.

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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