A+ Case Black Pearl WCR Edition ATX Case

Introduction, Specifications & Packaging

Introduction & Specs

When talking about high-quality aluminium PC cases the usual candidates to pop up are Silverstone, Lian Li and Coolermaster. All of these companies have been around for a long time and offer some of the best looking and well built cases available on the market. Enthusiasts in particular have taken a shine to Lian Li's PC-70 and PC-G70 cases as they offer uncomplicated looks along with an amazingly high build quality and masses of room for water cooling installations. Up until now very few companies have put forward any serious contenders for these iconic cases, but that could be all about to change...

Just over a week ago I was contacted by a company called A+ Case (or A+Case if you know what superscript is for!) and asked if I'd be interested in reviewing the latest revision of their flagship case: the "Black Pearl WCR Edition". Designed to go head-to-head with some of the highest-quality cases on the market at the moment, the Black Pearl WCR Edition is water cooling ready (hence WCR), constructed entirely out of aluminium and has all the features you'd expect from a top-end case.

Searching the internet didn't really turn up much information about A+Case the company, but from their homepage we can see that they are part of the MaxPoint group who are also responsible for well known companies such as Tagan and Icybox. Finding information on the case also proved to be equally as difficult, with the WCR edition of the case not even being listed on Maxpoint or APlus Case's website (most probably due to its recent release). However, the Black Pearl WCR Edition does have an elder brother with very similar specs, and a combination of these specs and the ones found on the WCR Edition's box can be seen below:

The Black Pearl is the perfect case for all high end gamers, also for servers and state of the art design offices. Durable high end black aluminium case with acrylic front display showing temperature and adjustable fan speed. Up to 8 cooled hidden hard disks fit inside with enough space in between and rubber supported. Upside down mainboard design for better cooling of cards, because the components are not hanging down anymore. Seperated power supply and hard disk area at the bottom for better cooling of the whole system and lower noise. Two 120 mm fans for a perfect front to backside cooling are also integrated, including a CPU air vent in the back. Removable hard disk cages, screwless disk device system and special side door opening-mechanism for easy installation.

• Professional water cooling ready case.
• High class aluminium construction
• Aluminium mesh side window
• Blue illuminated Aplus logo, blue LEDs and backlit power and reset button
• Adjustable 4-channel fan controller with fan speed and temperature display
• Total of 15 drive bays
• 2 x USB 2.0, 2 x audio and 1 x firewire connectors are on top
• Up to 8 x anti-vibration rubber mounted hard disk cooled by a 120 mm fan
• 7 external 5.25“ bays
• All 5.25“ drive bays are fitted with an easy snap design, but also can additionally been fixed with screws
• Two removable hard disk cages can fit 8 hard disks
• Two 120 mm fans, one in the front and one in the back
• Air vents on the bottom for perfect ventilation
• RoHS compliant


Packaging

The Black Pearl WCR Edition comes in a double walled black and white cardboard box with images of the case and its basic specifications printed on the front and back.

APlus Case Black Pearl Box APlus Case Black Pearl Box

APlus Case Black Pearl Packaging APlus Case Black Pearl WCR Specs

Protection is provided in the form of two moulded styrofoam inserts that surround the top and bottom of the case, as well as preventing it from rattling around inside the outer box. To avoid any light scratching to the Black Pearl's annodised aluminium exterior, A+Case have also placed the unit inside a thick plastic bag.

Loose inside the box you will also find a comprehensive instruction manual in both English and German that details how to install components such as the hard disks and motherboard into the case using the tools provided.

Let's move on to the next page and see what the case looks like outside of its packaging..
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Most Recent Comments

18-06-2007, 08:30:05

JN
"Looking for a high-end water cooling ready case and have plenty of cash to splash? Well then maybe A+Case have the answer as we take a look at their Black Pearl WCR in our UK exclusive review."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...142301383s.jpg

A+ Case Black Pearl Review

18-06-2007, 08:32:56

PV5150
Mmmm looks like home already. Great review Jim!

18-06-2007, 08:41:43

robump
Well that looks familar.

A lian li v2000 modded a bit.

Looks professinal though, very expensive though.

Rob

18-06-2007, 08:47:38

PV5150
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='robump'
Well that looks familar.

A lian li v2000 modded a bit.

Looks professinal though, very expensive though.

Rob
Ay I'd say more like a Silverstone TJ-07, but slightly cheaper

18-06-2007, 09:15:24

robump
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='PV5150'
Ay I'd say more like a Silverstone TJ-07, but slightly cheaper
Id would still go for v2000 looking at the hard drive bays.

Inside a TJ07

http://www1.oc.cn/img/2006/0602/silv...e_tj07s-23.jpg

Inside a V2000

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e2...0b_TestFit.jpg

Inside the A+ case

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...101612328l.jpg

But anyways open to discussion.

Looks like a bit of a comination, they look t of made the hard drive bays removeable.

Rob

18-06-2007, 09:26:08

Ham
Looking forward to revision OC3D jimbo

18-06-2007, 09:30:53

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Ham'
Looking forward to revision OC3D jimbo
LOL yeah. Move that radiator to the front of the case, space out the tubing holes a bit more and you have a 10/10 case imo!

18-06-2007, 09:34:08

Ham
Heh, and its big enough too fit an SS in the bottom!

18-06-2007, 09:50:08

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Ham'
Heh, and its big enough too fit an SS in the bottom!
The thickness of the alu and the construction is prolly enough to carry a SS weight too without bowing.

18-06-2007, 09:51:54

FragTek
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='XMS'
The thickness of the alu and the construction is prolly enough to carry a SS weight too without bowing.
It would still be in the best interest of the modder wishing to employ internal phase to lay down a thin sheet of steel in the bottom to distribute the weight of the compressor.

18-06-2007, 10:11:22

PV5150
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='robump'
Id would still go for v2000 looking at the hard drive bays.

Inside a V2000

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e2...0b_TestFit.jpg

Inside the A+ case

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...101612328l.jpg

But anyways open to discussion.

Looks like a bit of a comination, they look t of made the hard drive bays removeable.

Rob
LOL I own a TJ-07 But anyway, yeah it's prolly a combination of the two. The HDD cages are exactly like the ones in my TJ-07, excapt they cater for more HDD's. And the problem that Jim showed in the review with the radiator depriving you of PCI slots for sound cards etc, the TJ07 doesn't have because it really only caters for 6 HDD's in the bottom anyway. Which ultimately provides more headroom in the top of the case for another rad should the need arise. But it's still a very nice case, and an excellent effort in designing a highly flexible one at that.

18-06-2007, 10:18:19

Ham
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='FragTek'
It would still be in the best interest of the modder wishing to employ internal phase to lay down a thin sheet of steel in the bottom to distribute the weight of the compressor.
If i was modding one too accommodate a unit id do that, but it would be removable. Its nice too know that the alu would still be strong enough though.

20-10-2007, 04:58:17

Razvanell
Aplus Case Black Pearl custom made.

20-10-2007, 05:00:34

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Razvanell'
Aplus Case Black Pearl custom made.
Very nice mate! Who made that PSU backplate for you?

20-10-2007, 05:39:44

PV5150
Visually stunning setup mate Well done on an uber looking rig

20-10-2007, 07:10:38

Brooksie
That thing is sweet

22-10-2007, 08:03:17

Razvanell
10x! Hard work. Q6600 @ 3,6 GHz (G0) stable on EVGA Black Pearl @ 35 C.
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