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Chenming Aluminum ATX-602 Enclosure Review - Exterior ~ continued

Many of you have enjoyed the looks and usefulness of the Chenming ATX-601AE enclosure over the years. For those not aware of the manuafacturer, this includes the Chieftec Dragon and the Antec 1030 and 1080 series boxes. Chenming has decided to update their award-winning case and has come out with their ATX-602 series enclosure. It is time to take off the gloves and see whether it has anything new to bring to the table or is just a blast from the past.

| Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 22, 2004 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.0%Manufacturer: Chenming USA

 

Also of note is the rail system used to mount optical drives. The removal of the front bezel shows all of the rails conveniently stored for use, but you won't have to remove the bezel to get at the rails. Lets take another look from a different angle.

 

 

Each protective cover, which is easily snapped into or out of the case, stores a pair of rails. Remove the cover plate and you have ready access to the rails you'll need to install that drive or peripheral. This helps keep things in place when you need them instead of having to dig through that box of spare parts to find some more rails (yes, I've been there and done that too).

 

 

Moving to the side of the enclosure shows a nice and spacious window. This is an optional addition and you can get the standard solid side cover if you're in a mind to handle your own case modding. You can get a side-mounted fan but this is an option. Also available is a top mounted fan, but again, this is an option and not standard.

 

Design-wise, this looks like a page from history. Everything right down to the lockable side-latching device is the same as the older 601 series design. But even if it is the same, it still functions as well as the original.

 

 

The back of the enclosure is pretty standard fare, but with current motherboard designs you're not allowed a whole lot of leeway in this area. You still have to be able to install the system, after all.

 

 

 

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