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2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche

Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021

Casetek is a company new to THG Readers, as we have not previously reviewed their offerings. Once you have a look at this case, however, you will see that Casetek is using a case for the "CK" Series that is a customized version of a case that we have seen from other companies as well. The CK-1021 from Casetek is Casetek's 1mm thick aluminum case that is targeted toward the LAN party enthusiast, as the name implies. While our CK-1021 was provided in a #189 finish (Casetek's code for a silver finish), Casetek also offers the #188 finish (a black and silver combination) and a #190 finish (a black and blue combination). We have seen many of these design ideas implemented in cases from other vendors, this is the first time that we have gone directly to the source to review an offering that is a 100% CaseTek designed and finished creation.

Number Of Internal 3-½" Bays4
Number Of External 3-½" Bays2
Number Of External 5-¼" Bays5
Number Of Case Fans Supported1 - 80mm front; 1 - 90mm rear; plus 2 - 92mm side panel-mounted fans; optional holder for top single 80mm fan
Construction Material1 mm Aluminum
Power Supply DetailsOptional - not included with our test case
Special FeaturesDual 92mm side panel-mounted fan support; top-mounted USB 1394/Wirefire, headphone and MIC jacks; unique lighted front bezel flame design
Size18.75("H") x 8.0("W") x 22.0("D")
Sample Case Provided Bywww.casetek.com.tw
Estimated Cost$149.00 US
Cooling Potential Rating8
Construction Quality Rating7
Overall Case Rating7