A+ Case El Diablo ATX Case

Internals

Aside from the substantial cooling solution we see implemented in El Diablo the case internals are pretty standard. I'm pleased to be able to say that the materials used in the case are finished to a high quality, nothing annoys me more than a case with sharp edges, thankfully El Diablo is well put together.

El Diablo 'Uncovered'

If I was reviewing a case with a standard 120mm intake fan located at the base of the case front then the orientation of the HDD drive bay may have concerned me. But, given the size of the intake fan fitted to El Diablo this is not such a concern because the fan is able to shift air at an astonishing rate. The case also includes a PSU support rail, with many powerful systems running sizeable 1kw PSUs this feature is essential. If the case did not have this fitted you would run the risk of stripping the threads of the PSU mounting screws - this would have a damaging consequence. I also like the channelling in the motherboard tray, this should allow easy routing of the top panel's I/O cables to the headers which are normally situated towards the lower edge of a motherboard.

internals

As shown below and noted in the specifications, all 3.5inch and 5.25inch drives can be mounted without the use of tools, thus speeding up the install. The tool-less drive rail mounts are also stored out of the way, this is a handy feature (there's nothing worse than scrabbling around for components which arrived with a case that was bought 6 months ago!!).

bays

Another thoughtful feature can be seen below, the case's rear panel has been pre-cut with holes (which need to be popped out before use) which will allow the user to run tubing to an externally mounted radiator. The tool-less retention brackets can also be seen in this image, again, for ease of install these are great but I would question longevity if you're likely to be adding and removing PCI and PCI-Express cards on a regular basis. Note, the case is not shipped with a 120mm exhaust fan, which to be honest, with the amount of airflow this case is capable of I doubt that will cause an issue!!

Rear IO

Fans


Sizeable intake fans = increased airflow....but, there is another point which we've yet to touch upon - Dust. You'll note that the front intake fan shown below does not have a dust filter.

intake fan

intake fan

The side panel intake fan is clearly going to add to the problem, no sign of a filter here either. Though this image does show the duct which allows the air to pass from the intake fan on the front panel, into the main compartment without having to negotiate the HDD cage.

Intake

intake

Now we're familiar with the case internals lets move on to the testing on the next page...
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Most Recent Comments

17-11-2007, 15:11:12

Mullet
If you like your case to have a presence, take a look here because this case has it in spades!

17-11-2007, 15:22:35

Ham
Nice job dude. Looks like a solid case.

Just if they'd made it out of alu!

Gratz on the 1st review too

17-11-2007, 15:41:52

ionicle
not a case i'd personally go for

but good job on reviewing it, made a good read

17-11-2007, 16:13:05

Brooksie
Case is quite ugly, good if your a fan freak though

17-11-2007, 18:42:39

Mullet
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Ham'
Nice job dude. Looks like a solid case.

Just if they'd made it out of alu!

Gratz on the 1st review too
Aye, tis a nice bit of kit....all boils down to what you like in the loks dept. really...

17-11-2007, 19:44:10

PV5150
What a stellar effort on your first review mate. You covered all of the main features/cons and provided good images to reinforce them. Well done ...keep up the great work.

The case actually looks interesting, and those larger fans seem to keep things well cooled. I'm a sucker for an aluminium case, but the steel used here is reflected in the price.

18-11-2007, 04:35:20

Mullet
Thanks for the feedback Peevles.

For the price the case has plenty to offer in terms of cooling features.

18-11-2007, 09:26:27

llwyd
Good work mate, very nice first review there

Im still pretty undecided on the looks side of the case though

24-11-2007, 06:02:42

Mandible
My current short list for buying a case is either the el diablo or the NZXT blackline in blue. Any preferences people?

Oh, and im afraid you didnt note that the door is on the left, major irritation, and by the looks, only open 90 degrees.

24-11-2007, 10:40:16

Mullet
Lo matey...hope you enjoyed reading the review

Yes, the door opens up to 180 degrees...I think the image which depicts the case with the door open shows that the hinge is on the left-hand side...

Tough decision tbh as I've not seen a NZXT case in the flesh....I hope the review helps you to make your mind up either way.
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