Aspire X-QPack M-ATX Case

Installing Components

Installing Components

No good case review is complete unless you actually put components in it. So for this part of the review, i'm going to be fitting the following into the X-QPack:

Asrock M-ATX Motherboard (Radeon 200)
Intel Pentium D 805
1gb Corsair Value Select
Gainward 6600 Grahics Card
120gb Maxtor SATA Hard Disk
LG DVD-RW 16x
Generic Floppy Disk Drive
2x 12" Cold Cathodes


Case Case

Case Case

Installing the components went without a hitch, and the removable motherboard and hard disk trays made the process much easier. The rounded edges of the case were a major bonus and i sustained no injuries during the install despite the tight spaces i had to get my hands into.

I was worried that the 12" cathodes i purchased would not fit inside the case, but i'm glad to say they fitted perfectly, with less than 1mm to spare.

A full sized ATX power supply should fit inside the case, bit it would certainly be a tight fit, and you may need to move the CD/DVD drive down to the lower bay to free up some space.

In The Dark In The Dark

After all the cables had been tidied away, there was a fair bit of room left at the front of the case, which makes me think that maybe we could squeeze a small water cooling system in here. But thats a job for another day ;)
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Most Recent Comments

29-04-2006, 14:37:59

JN
Looking for a small factor case thats pre-modded with some nifty features? This might be the one for you

Note: Page 5 currently down. Will have it back soon

29-04-2006, 15:23:46

NickS
Good review XMS . I'm kind of dissapointed on your PSU testing, though. The rail's arent even rated for 30a yet you put 30a load on them? They're rated for 15a each iirc, plus most people arent going to have parts in there that are going to put a 30+a load on the 12v rail.

Sorry if I sound like a ***** saying that but, idk. It just doesn't seem 'fair.'

Nice review tho, great pix. Love the finish on teh PSU

Nick

29-04-2006, 15:28:08

JN
Nick,

ATX 2.0 Spec states that PSU's must have 2 rails, 1 to supply clean voltage to Motherboard/CPU and the other for other components.

The tests performed, were using 15a loads placed on both the ATX connector and Molex (Hard disk) connectors at the same time.

As the PSU was rated at 16a/14a across both rails, i would have expected to see a small drop in voltage, but not to the extend in the review.

Hope that clears things up

29-04-2006, 15:34:29

NickS
Ahh, ok. Sorry... I didn't know you loaded each thing.

Thank's for clearing that up!

Nick

29-04-2006, 16:33:51

Eguy
When I was out to buy my shuttle I was looking at this product, this review backs my descision up Nice review anyhoo mate

29-04-2006, 17:11:16

NickS
An Enermax Liberty 400w wld fit well and be fking pimp in that case.

Nick

30-04-2006, 00:41:02

WC Annihilus
I know for a fact an Enermax Liberty will fit in there too. Watercooling works too. (remember Ubermouser ) Nice review man.

BTW Geez things are expensive for you guys! The price you stated is just about exactly twice the cost it is over here in the states!
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