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2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche

Athenatech: 7800 Series

From Athenatech we received their new 7800 Series chassis. You will notice that this chassis is "loaded for bear," which is no surprise, as the chassis is primarily targeted toward workstation and pedestal server type applications. It is constructed from 2mm steel and weighs a considerable amount. We cannot imagine that anyone would opt to lug this huge case to LAN parties anytime soon. The 7800 Series is quite a departure from what we have seen previously in other case configurations. While it is not suitable for mobile applications, it is obvious that Athenatech has put a great amount of effort into the design of this behemoth.

Number Of Internal 3-½" Bays1
Number Of External 3-½" Bays2
Number Of External 5-¼" Bays7
Number Of Case Fans Supported3
Construction Material2mm Steel
Power Supply DetailsOptional - not included
Special FeaturesInnovative rail storage accessories box mounted to case bottom; top-mounted USB MIC and headphone jacks; 1394/Firewire knockout included, but no cabling offered with our test sample
Size20.0("H") x 8.5("W") x 22.75("D")
Sample Case Provided Bywww.athenatech.us
Estimated Cost$149.00 US
Cooling Potential Rating7
Construction Quality Rating7
Overall Case Rating7