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Chenming Aluminum ATX-602 Enclosure Review - Conclusion

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.

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



When I was first contacted about reviewing this particular case, I was ready to see what improvements would be made to a winning design. While there are still a few minor issues not addressed, the overall concept works very well.


If you're accustomed to the old Dragon series case, we can give a simple recap by stating there is an extra optical bay, an extra hard drive bay, the addition of a hard drive mounting system that is excellent (but without the grommets included) and a removable motherboard tray. These improvements make for a very pleasant time when installing a fresh system. It also makes it simple to keep your rig updated with the latest and greatest gadgets.


Of course, a few simple additions could have also been made to make this an outstanding product. This would include those rubber grommets mentioned above, a full compliment of installed 80mm fans, and even a couple more USB ports on that front panel. With most modern boards coming with six or more USB ports available, it seems a waste not to use them all.


Bottom line... If you've handled the old Dragon (or comparable) series enclosures before and want to know if this is a viable update, the answer is a resounding YES! The added features included will make your installations and updates a breeze and offers enough cooling to handle most systems out there. If you're taking a first look at this design and are in the market for a tower/server case with huge amounts of potential, then you're also in luck since this enclosure will certainly fulfill a vast majority of your needs.


- Pros


Removable motherboard tray standard


Decent and workable cooling potential


Plenty of drive bays for all size devices


Still has a very good exterior appeal


- Cons


Only two fans included


Front fan ports not filtered


HDD grommets not included


Too many optional items, more needs to be standard


Rating - 8 out of 10 and TweakTown's MUST HAVE Features Award





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