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Ironside Computers Minion Budget Gaming PC Review

By: Trace Hagan | Gaming Desktop PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 2, 2014 5:17 am
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TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: Ironside Computers

Packaging

 

I must make a note here that in order for us to get this review to you sooner, Ironside went ahead and shipped this in minimal and non-standard packaging. Ironside's packaging is undergoing a revamp and sound be available by the time this review goes live. We'll have to visit the new standard packaging during our next Ironside review.

 

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What we see above is a simple Ironside-labeled cardboard box, inside of which we find the RAIDMAX case box surrounded by some packing peanuts. I detest packing peanuts, but they really do a good job of protecting items in shipping.

 

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As you can see above, Ironside makes use of the industry-standard vacuum foam to protect the internal components from the various bumps along the way. It clearly works well as we have yet to receive a broken desktop from any company that has made use of this packaging method.

 

 

System Pictures

 

The following pictures are of the system:

 

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This is the front of the system. In the picture, you can see the power and reset buttons (left and right) and the audio out/in ports flanked by two USB ports.

 

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Here's a close up of the I/O. As you can see, we have the old PS/2 style keyboard and mouse ports, a D-Sub (VGA) port covered by a label advising users to use the GPU's output instead, two USB 2.0 ports followed by two more USB 2.0 ports and a gigabit Ethernet connection. Finally, we have the 5.1 channel audio connectors.

 

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This is the left side of the machine and is the panel you would remove in order to gain entry to the system's main components.

 

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After pulling the side panel, it's easy to see how little room the internal components take up in this mid-tower case. We see a clean job of cable management, despite not making use of a modular PSU. The excess cables are tucked away in the HDD rack.

 

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The backside of the motherboard very neat, with very few wires as there are not very many power-hungry components in the system. You can see where Ironside tucked the excess cables away in the HDD rack.

 

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Above, you can see one final look at the system from a different angle. The window is tinted, making viewing the internals slightly harder than a clear window.

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