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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [05.17.03]
Manufactured by: Cooler Master
Est. Street Price: $150

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Looking Inside...


As we venture inside the case, you can see that there are a lot of 3.5" bays (four internal, two exposed as we said earlier).  All the fans in the 210 are fully guarded, which is a nice touch.

Up top you can see the 4 external 5.25" bays.  Unfortunately there are no rail guides in these bays, so you will have to hold onto the drive with one hand while you are installing the screws.

The most important feature for many people is a motherboard tray.  If you have never owned a case with a full motherboard tray that includes the PCI brackets, you do NOT know what you're missing! It is SO much easier to work with a case that allows you to pull everything out while you route cables or install a new drive.  Once you own a case with a motherboard tray, I promise you'll never want to go back.


To test performance, we installed nearly the highest-end system you can build today - a Pentium 4 3.0C GHz with a Radeon 9700.  We're definitely creating some heat here.  As a reference point, we're going to compare it to a Cheap Ass $40 steel case you may have forced yourself to buy to spare some coin for a higher end CPU of video card. 

We already saw what the 111c did to the cheap ass competition.  Of course it was designed slightly better than the 210 we're looking at here, since it had great air flow up front (something a LOT of cases are missing).  Let's see what sort of difference is made.

Both cases are using their default fans: The ATC-111c and 210 are using 2 front intake fans, 1 top exhaust fan, and 1 rear exhaust fan.  The Cheap Ass Case had 1 intake fan and 1 exhaust fan. (those are the ONLY points of installations which were available).  The test systems were EXACTLY the same, including power supply.

As you can see, having no direct airflow up front leads to some overall increases in temperature.  If your system is already on the brink when it comes to heat (as mine is) this could definitely lead to problems.

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