2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche

Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued

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Number Of Internal 3-½" Bays4
Number Of External 3-½" Bays2
Number Of External 5-¼" Bays4
Number Of Case Fans Supported4 - 80mm - 2 Front, 1 Rear and 1 top
Construction MaterialAluminum Alloy with high gloss clear coat finish
Power Supply DetailsNone
Special Features2 front-mounted USB 2.0 ports; Our sample contained Cooler Master branded TFL-R82 lighted fans, which are optional, but available for purchase separately; slide out motherboard tray design.
Size17.9"(H) x 8.75"(W) x 19.25"(D)
Sample Case Provided Bywww.coolermaster.com
Estimated Cost$199.00 US
Cooling Potential Rating9
Construction Quality Rating9
Overall Case Rating9

What happens when a case manufacturer does just about everything right? The answer is that they produce a case such as the ATC-201B-BXT! The ATC-201B-BXT is not quite as striking as the Wave Master TAC-T01-EK, but in the functionality department the ATC-201B-BXT does just about everything right.

With an exceptional high gloss, clear coated black finish, this aluminum alloy beauty is a great looking case. Like the Wave Master, the finish on the ATC-201B-BXT does seem to pickup the fingerprints, but wipes clean with a soft cloth. The finish, while not as high quality as some automotive paint finishes that we have seen, is still exceptional at this price level.

A look at the inside of the ATC-201B-BXT. We didn't seem much of a difference when compared to the ATCS-Tek version of this case that we previously reviewed.