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2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche

Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK

Cooler Master declares their TAC-T01-EK Wave Master case to be a "masterpiece in case design," which is printed in bold letters across the front of the purple and white box that the Wave Master ships in. We are not certain yet if the Wave Master is a "masterpiece in case design;" the one thing we are certain of is that the popularity of the Wave Master continues to grow.

Previously, we reviewed a case similar to the Wave Master that was submitted to us from ATCS-TEK. Cooler Master has now rolled former ATCS cases into the Cooler Master Product line. Cooler Master has refined and re-branded these for distribution under the Cooler Master brand worldwide. Some may question Cooler Master's wisdom of discontinuing some of their most popular models in favor of a limited number of new models, but the Wave Master certainly makes for a flagship case with a design that is far ahead of the curve from its competitors. The Wave Master features many revisions from the former ATCS model, so let's take a look inside the case to see what new innovations Cooler Master has to offer us in this reworked design.

Number Of Internal 3-½" Bays4
Number Of External 3-½" Bays1
Number Of External 5-¼" Bays4
Number Of Case Fans Supported3 - 2 Front, 1 Rear, All 80mm
Construction MaterialAluminum, with elegant black high-gloss automotive paint style finish
Power Supply DetailsNone
Special FeaturesTop-mounted MIC, headphone, 1394/Firewire and 2 USB ports - Optional Side Panel Window available from the Cooler Master parts department at an additional charge
Size18.0("H") x 8.0("W") x 21.0("D")
Sample Case Provided Bywww.coolermaster.com
Estimated Cost$199.00 US
Cooling Potential Rating9
Construction Quality Rating9
Overall Case Rating9