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Atech - AFT6303, Continued

The AFT6303 is a mid-tower, aluminum, tool-less design. These are three features that many people are looking for. One of the most innovative features of the AFT6303 is the U-seam design that provides a perfect contact point between chassis and the cover for maximum grounding. Of course, this also means that EMI are better contained within the AFT6303.

The construction of the AFT6303 is very good. Much thought went into the design of the case, which is evidenced by the little "extra" features that have been incorporated into the case (mounting the rails on the outside of the bays so they don't get lost, color coding the rails so you can tell them apart, etc.).

The front-mounted USB ports on the AFT6303. As you can see, the mirror finish on the front of the case can attract fingerprints and dirt, which may or may not be an issue, depending on how obsessive you are about the appearance of the outside of your case.

This case offers both USB and 1394 Firewire ports that are mounted in the front of the case. However, if you look at the picture above, you will notice the mirror finish surrounding this area of the case. It looks very nice, but it does attract fingerprints, dust and dirt. We may be nitpicking about this as an issue, but it is worth considering. Atech also includes an excellent manual that is "best in class" for this review.

The biggest concern is the lack of a front fan to draw air into the case. Though the case appears to be of a quality design, potential airflow is somewhat restricted by the design of the case. In many cases, this will not matter, but it is something to consider if you are going to be running a heavy and hot configuration. We would not recommend this case for overclockers who need maximum airflow. However, it is a bold case sporting a unique design that is ripe for case modding.