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Steiger Dynamics LEET HTPC Chassis Review - Specifications, Availability and Pricing

Steiger Dynamics LEET HTPC Chassis Review
Steiger Dynamics may be a new company, but the impressive high-end LEET home theater PC chassis shows they definitely know what they are doing.
| HTPC Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 2, 2013 9:01 pm
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: Steiger Dynamics

Specifications, Availability and Pricing

 

Steiger Dynamics does not offer a specifications chart for their chassis, so I will just explain what the LEET chassis brings to the table. On the outside of the chassis you are given a huge expanse of brushed aluminum with the choice to be left in its natural state, or it can be anodized black. This wide expanse of aluminum wraps around both sides as a single piece, solidifying the chassis and removing rattle points. Back to the front of the chassis though, where you have room for a slim optical drive to show its face, a cool blue HDD activity LED and ring around the power button, as well as a flip down panel hiding the USB 3.0, HD Audio and SD card reader.

 

Centered left to right, and just slightly higher than center is a 7" Finger VU700M touch display that can start up applications at a touch, or even be used as an extended monitor with the 800 X 480 resolution display that it offers. Now we can get back to the other panels. The left of the chassis is ventilated for a pair of 120mm fans to go there, but the right side is solid aluminum. The back panel of the chassis is also aluminum and offers room for the power supply, rear I/O, another 120mm fan, and offers seven expansion slots. The floor of the chassis is solid aluminum, just like the top, but the top has a large window cut into the panel and even offers a few slots at the front edge for more ventilation inside of the chassis.

 

The interior offers the same in high-end material choices. There is a rack to hold four 3.5" drives that are housed in an aluminum bracket that is mounted to the thick side of the chassis, and will radiate heat away from these spinners. Behind the 7" panel there is a rack attached to the only 5.25" bay, and the rack below will house up to three 2.5" drives. The motherboard tray will hold ATX and E-ATX boards, and comes with pre-set standoffs. While the chassis could be modified to fit smaller boards, out of the box it may be an issue with smaller motherboards. What is very cool in my mind about the interior is that with a couple off the shelf water cooling bits, you can build a completed system with the water loop installed, and slide the whole system in and out of the back of the chassis via the removable motherboard tray. I mentioned that there were three 120mm fan mounts, well those are all part of this motherboard tray as well, and this allows you to install a single 120mm and dual 120mm radiator, the motherboard, the blocks, and with the right choice of a radiator, the res is part of the system and easy to fill and bleed.

 

What is going to kick most of you in the pants about the LEET from Steiger Dynamics is definitely the price. It is much easier for me to understand why this cost is so elevated at this point in the brief history of this company. Designing isn't cheap, machining gets very high with materials like aluminum, as one minor fault and you have to scrap the entire part. Then you have all of those mouths to feed along the way to fruition of your concept, and starting up a brand new internet business, this all comes at a cost. This is what adds into the pricing as well as getting one of the best thought out and designed chassis I have yet to see hit the market.

 

You can only buy the LEET chassis directly from Steiger Dynamics at a cost of $799.99 for the base chassis, as I described it. That means you have the choice of black or natural, they all come with the 7" touchscreen, and offer the same interior layout. There are also some other options that you can get for this chassis that are designed specifically for this chassis (at an additional cost), but there are so many things to think about and add in that the chassis alone could easily go right over a thousand dollars without much effort at all.

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