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2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche

Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B

From Enermax we received one of the cases that we saw prominently displayed at Computex in Taiwan. What is most interesting about the CS-5171LBFS-B is that this $139 (US MSRP) case is one of the new cases painted with high-glass automobile style paint finishes. What is even more interesting is the price: you can have a high gloss, automotive style paint finish for $140 US or less. Is this too good to be true? Let's look and see.

Number Of Internal 3-½" Bays4
Number Of External 3-½" Bays2 (1 in use by included Transfer Panel)
Number Of External 5-¼" Bays4
Number Of Case Fans Supported5 - 2 rear 80mm; 1 side 80mm; and 1 front 80mm, 92mm or 120mm (not included).
Construction MaterialSECC 0.8mm body & 1.2mm Aluminum front panel
Power Supply DetailsNot included
Special FeaturesHigh-gloss, automobile style paint finish; 2 USB 2.0 ports; MIC and headphone jack, mounted in front 3.5" bay Transfer Panel (included); cold cathode light stick included.
Size17.0"(H) x 7.9"(W) x 18.5"(D)
Sample Case Provided Bywww.maxpoint.com
Estimated Cost$139.00 US
Cooling Potential Rating8
Construction Quality Rating8
Overall Case Rating8