2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche

BeanTech: BT85

Acrylic cases continue to be all the rage! Yes, if you buy an acrylic case you can see everything that is in your computer and they look great once you add a couple of cold cathode lights to the case.

BeanTech shipped us their BT85 clear acrylic case for this review, making it the only acrylic case we will review this time around. Unlike other acrylic cases, the BT85 are already pre-assembled, shrink wrapped and sealed. As we have expressed before, there is no way that an acrylic case can pass RF testing, and acrylic is subject to fingerprints and scratches while assembling it, or even moving it, for that matter. So, once again it is time to don the white gloves (this time included with the BT85) and have a look at the BT85.

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Number Of Internal 3-½" Bays5
Number Of External 3-½" Bays2
Number Of External 5-¼" Bays4
Number Of Case Fans Supported4 lighted 80mm fans included - 2 front, rear and side panel
Construction MaterialClear Acrylic
Power Supply DetailsNone - Not Included
Special FeaturesFront-mount USB and 1394/Firewire
Size17.5"(H) x 8.0"(W) x 19.25"(D)
Sample Case Provided Bywww.beantech.com
Estimated Cost$149.00 US
Cooling Potential Rating8
Construction Quality Rating8
Overall Case Rating8