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The Lazy Days of Summer Case Review

Raidmax Galaxy-988

The Raidmax Galaxy-988.

During a recent discussion with Kyle Felstein of www.aacdirect.com , 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.

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 Bywww.aacdirect.com
Estimated Cost$47 US
Cooling Potential Rating4
Construction Quality Rating4
Overall Case Rating4