Specifications, Availability and Pricing
Roughly eleven inches square on the front and almost sixteen inches deep, the PC-V352 deserves the HTPC classification, but this isn't the usual HTPC chassis. Where most of those have room for a hard drive or two and a slim optical drive, this chassis is designed for a real HTPC concept. Not only can you take a m-ITX ATOM/ION board and save a ton of electricity to stream to the TV, you can also grab something like the X58 Rampage II Gene m-ATX motherboard and hide quite the power packed system inside with a VGA under 280mm, and that leaves a lot of options. The chassis does come in one of three choices of colors to either match your decor or personal attraction to either Red, Silver, or the black version we are about to look at.
Inside the PC-V352 we run into more and more aluminum. The sled used to house the two 5.25" drives has the option to receive drives in either side of it. As it runs in the top from side to side, aluminum cover plates are all that stands between you and installing the drive from either side of the chassis, and the I/O connections are also removable and able to be placed on either side. With room for a full sized power supply and I strongly suggest it is modular; next to it is room for up to three 3.5" drives in a removable rack. That leaves the rest of the chassis to support the room for a removable motherboard tray for easy access to the lower level.
Cooling inside the chassis is handled with three fans included inside the chassis. One of the fans is an 89mm black fan that can be powered with a 3-pin anywhere on the motherboard or by using an adapter to a Molex connection. The best option is to power it with the switchable connections in the rear wall of the chassis. The other two fans in the PC-V352 are 120mm and not only having dust filters, but also are engineered to be easily removed with a simple slide to the side. These two fans wires terminate in a 3-pin connection and have Molex adapters included. With a bit of planning and wire running, these fans can also be powered by the same switch in the rear.
This chassis has been on the market for just a bit of time and already is in many e-tailers listings as I shop availability. Pricing is just as varied as the amount of locations. I am seeing the black and silver versions going for as little as $145, while the Red ones seem to demand near $200 in some shops. The advice here is to do a bit of shopping and find the best deal, and don't just go to the first link you find. As I shopped around I was happy to see our favorite e-tailer giving one of the best deals I found on the Black version I am looking at. They have it listed at the great price of $129.99 at Newegg.com, and they only require an additional $10 to ship, making it still the lowest price for this version I could locate.