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Cooler Master Test Bench V1.0 Open Air Chassis Review - Specifications, Availability and Pricing

I needed a chassis to fit my needs that inspired an idea. Today lies what could be the ideal ticket.

| Open Air Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 18, 2011 5:16 pm
TweakTown Rating: 86%      Manufacturer: Cooler Master

Specifications, Availability and Pricing

 

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The Cooler Master Test Bench V1.0 is made completely from steel that has an SECC coating, and then gets a full coat of flat black paint. Cooler Master than takes white paint and sprays their name on the front, top and right side of the unit, so you always can see their logo from any angle. The words "test bench" are not placed anywhere on the unit, rather it gets replaced with "labs". Beyond aesthetics, the Test Bench has room for a power supply and an assortment of drive options. You can run two 5.25" devices plus a 2.5" hard drive, or one DVD drive, one 3.5" hard drive, and there is still room for that 2.5" drive. Remember, this is a test bench, not a server case, and with that, there are plenty of spaces to get everything you need for testing or benching in a space of 12.6" X 11.1", and the chassis is only 4.5" tall.

 

Supporting any motherboard ATX and smaller makes this unit very handy for me, as I use ATX, m-ATX, and even my m-ITX for testing all sorts of things either for you as my readers, or just to see if my Atom processor can do any gaming once I strap a GTS 450 on it. This little 4.2 pound chassis has everything I need to get by. Cooler Master didn't give this unit a ton of options, but adding a power and reset button along with PSU venting, wire management holes, and tool-less risers placed this unit on my shelf for definite future use in testing.

 

While things are a fair bit easier for me to access than for the average buyer most times, I find it hard to believe that no one in the American market seems to show stock of this chassis. I have to assume they finally ran out of stock, and never asked Cooler Master for more. Now, I have no idea how many Cooler Master had on hand, but I would imagine an email to the sales department might put you on the fast track to attaining one in the US. I was able to locate the unit at ComEuro.net, which appears to be a German site. Here they have the product listing for £60.39. That roughly translates to around $93 dollars in the US market. I have to assume that as with most products sold by retailer when supply goes low, prices tend to go up a bit.

 

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