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2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche

Aspire: X-Alien

Aspire returns in this case review with a "dubbed down" version of the X-Superalien that we reviewed previously .

Aspire continues to be one of the leaders in what is now becoming known as "case integration." This is a fancy description for companies who work with top level case manufacturers to take case concepts and modify and fine tune them for marketing. Aspire does have input on design and specifications of the cases, but in the X-Alien, it would appear to be an attempt to reconfigure the case to meet a price point. This isn't necessary bad, but you have to question if those who want this case might instead be better off choosing the X-Superalien. Let's find out!

Number Of Internal 3-½" Bays5
Number Of External 3-½" Bays2
Number Of External 5-¼" Bays5
Number Of Case Fans Supported6 - All 80mm UV reactive - Three lighted and three non-lighted
Construction MaterialAluminum
Power Supply Details420 Watt Turbolink
Special FeaturesFront-mounted USB 2.0, MIC, headphone and 1394/Fireware ports; chrome plated Alien type grill covers for top and side panel; green colored UV reactive fans and fan holders (3 fans lighted); green colored rails; full cut side panel window; removable motherboard tray; locking door and side panel.
Size21.5"(H) x 8.0" (W) x 18.75"(D)
Sample Case Provided Bywww.aspireusa.net
Estimated Cost$129.00 US
Cooling Potential Rating9
Construction Quality Rating8
Overall Case Rating8