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The Lazy Days of Summer Case Review

Chieftec Extreme Series BX-01B-SL-B

The Chieftec BX-01B-SL-B is a member of Chieftec's new Extreme Series cases.

Chieftec sent us the BX-01B-SL-B, a case from its new Extreme Series, which marks Chieftec's effort to expand its lineup of cases, along with a new focus on quality and features for this stalwart case company. Chieftec continues to expand its presence worldwide. The Extreme Series is a departure from the typical Chieftec case; Chieftec wants to show off its new design prowess and high quality construction. What is interesting to note is that most of these fresh, new changes take place on the little things where Chieftec was previously behind the curve; while, at the same time, Chieftec has managed to keep the traditional Chieftec internal configuration that buyers have grown accustomed to. While it is obvious that this new case contains a variety of innovative ideas, let's look closer and see if these interesting features make the Extreme Series the new "flagship" line for Chieftec buyers.

Number Of Internal 3.5" Bays4
Number Of External 3.5" Bays2
Number Of External 5.25" Bays4
Number Of Case Fans Supported4 - 80 mm - Optional 90 mm side panel fan available in some configurations
Construction Material1.0 mm SECC
Power Supply IncludedNo
Special FeaturesEasy remove bezel covers, friction grip mounting system, honeycomb construction, front mounted USB/ audio/ 1394, removable front fan filter, locking front door, changeable colored front trim plates (not included)
Size (HDW)546 x 470 x 203 mm(21.5" x 18.5" x 8.0")
Sample Case Provided Bywww.chieftec.com
Estimated Cost$149 US
Cooling Potential Rating9
Construction Quality Rating8
Overall Case Rating8