The Lazy Days of Summer Case Review

Raidmax Galaxy-988

The Raidmax Galaxy-988.

During a recent discussion with Kyle Felstein of , he complained to me that THG did not pay sufficient attention to cases that are actually used by system integrators on a regular basis. After this discussion, I invited Kyle to send us one of the cases that he regularly uses to build many of his low-cost systems. Kyle shipped us the Raidmax Galaxy-988 for our review. The typical case that a system integrator might use to reach a particular price point is, in many instances, different from the case a buyer would choose to build a new system. The main reason for this, in our opinion, is simple dollars and cents. The Galaxy-988 provides an interesting point of comparison with the cases that a consumer would consider. The truth is actually quite shocking.

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Number Of Internal 3.5" Bays2
Number Of External 3.5" Bays2
Number Of External 5.25" Bays4
Number Of Case Fans Supported1 60 mm rear fan included, mounting for 1 60 mm fan in front, fan not included - 1 80 mm fan mounted in side panel window center
Construction MaterialAluminum
Power Supply IncludedOptional
Special FeaturesFront-mounted USB behind flip-down door; optional knockouts for 1394 and front panel mounted audio; connectors and wiring not included with sample case
Size (HDW)419 x 483 x 229 mm(16.5" x 19" x 9")
Sample Case Provided
Estimated Cost$47 US
Cooling Potential Rating4
Construction Quality Rating4
Overall Case Rating4