Since 1989, Enermax have been known for producing their high quality range of power supplies and case fans. Sometimes not as highlighted are their cases, which are equally as impressive in their own right. Today we show you the new Enermax 710B ATX black steel case... Does it have what it takes to be your next case? Read on and find out as Cameron "Mr.Tweak" Wilmot tells us if it has what it takes to fulfill that intended role!
IntroductionAluminum cases, over the last couple of years, from companies like Lian Li and Coolermaster have taken the market by storm for several reasons. They are light in weight, have impressive heat dissipation, are easy to modify and are stylish in looks, at least in my opinion - a dream combination many enthusiast users spreading the globe desire for their personal systems.Although because of their wide spread popularity and material costs being a little more expensive than steel, companies are able to charge premium prices for their lines of aluminum based cases. For this reason, I think we'll see more existing and new case manufacturing companies producing aluminum cases in the future.Before aluminum cases started to emerge, steel cases for years on end were really the only option available to us, and came at a much more affordable price compared to current competing aluminum cases. While steel cases don't have all the luxuries of aluminum cases, there is still a market for companies to be releasing them.One such new steel case is by Taiwanese company Enermax. Since 1989, Enermax have been known for producing their high quality range of power supplies and case fans. Sometimes not as highlighted are their cases, which are equally as impressive in their own right. Today we show you the new Enermax 710B ATX steel case; does it have what it takes to be your next case? Read on and find out.Specifications- Mainboard ATX up to 12"W x 13"L- Power supply PSII / Mini RPM SIZE- 4 x 5.25" drive bays- 6 x 3.5" drive bays (4 hidden)- 7 x Expansion slots- Room for four fans (2 x exhaust, 2 x front intake)- Dimensions: W205*D473*H522 (mm)- Material: SECC1.0mm
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FeaturesThe first thing to take note of is the fact the case is black, as black as can be. When I first saw it, I couldn't stop thinking how much it reminded of a standard Dell server case. Aside from this, my initial impressions were how heavy yet sturdy the case was while not forgetting its nifty feet stands. Additionally, all the edges inside the case are rounded and very smooth, this comes in handy if you don't want small little cuts on your hands after building your system.The case measures in at 12" by 13" and has four 4 x 5.25" drive bays and 6 x 3.5" drive bays, measuring in a little bit smaller than competing size PC70 case from Lian Li. It's important to note that two of those four 3.5" drive bays are hidden; this makes them only suitable for hard disk drives.
Both of the 3.5" drive bay racks can be removed by simply changing a lever's position which locks them into place so they don't move during transportation. The Lian Li range of cases (i.e. PC30 Mini Tower and PC65 USB) also have a similar option of the 3.5" drive bay racks being able to be removed, but unlike the 710B, screws are required to be messed around with due to their screw design. All the same, Enermax include a lot of screws required for overall installation of things like motherboards and expansion cards, no more than a quarter of what was supplied was used.
Equally as impressive, each drive bay rack includes a mount for one 80mm fan which, once placed in the mount, locks into place nice and securely. After experiencing hard disk drive failure due to a lack of cooling, I am pleased to see Enermax made some allowances here. The lever which locks the drive bay rack into place is also shown in this shot; life couldn't be made any easier.
As you can see from the shot above, it's just a matter of placing your hard disk drives into the drive bay rack and sliding it in and locking it in place. You can be assured it's such a tight and secure fit that you aren't going to have a fairly heavy drive bay bouncing around your case whilst on your way to a LAN, dread the thought.
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When it comes to this case, it's all about making things simple and easy. In the picture above we see these reoccurring fan mounts, this time two mounts of 80mm exhaust fans to suck that nasty hot air from the case. These fan mounts can even be removed from the case for even easier installation. As well as this, two 80mm intake fan mounts are placed at the front of the case in their usual position.
When it comes to choosing a case and you're the type of person to be changing hardware on a regular basis, I always look for a case which has lots of room to mess around with to avoid frustration. As far as the 710B goes being a server case, there is more than enough room to install your latest video card or new motherboard without any hassles.
Surprised? Maybe you noticed this or maybe you didn't. In any case, adding to an already classy and well made case, the 710B case has an opening door to access floppy disk drives and so forth, it is even lockable with a key, this is not without reason though. Again Enermax are treating us to more simplicity...Instead of screwing CDROM drives into the 5.25" drive bays as you normally would, Enermax have came up with a much easier and what I believe to be innovative design. Allow me to explain...
Here is where the puzzle starts to come together. Without any instructions included, a fair bit of guess work was involved. Attached to the bottom of the case was eight of these (what I originally considered strange and unknown things) drive mount devices, as shown above placed on a Sony CDROM drive. Once installed on your 5.25" device, you slide the device into the bay you desire and it locks into place with a gentle push. A simple adjustment of the clip toward the front of the mounting device allows you to pull the drive out with no fuss; hence the door being lockable.
Above we have the finished product - The drives just need to be painted black and perfection would be met. Hidden behind the door we have the on/off switch and the reset switch as shown in the picture below.
There is nothing really special to report here, it's your usual on/off switch and reset switch combination.
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ConclusionThe Enermax 710B steel server case is one of the most feature-packed and impressive and stylish looking cases I have used...and I wouldn't have enough fingers to count how many I have used in the past. I'd even go as far as saying it's probably one of the most feature-packed cases on the market today, and retails at an affordable price of roughly $99 US - A price not out of reach to the masses like other high end cases from competing companies.Ranging from its snap fitting fan mounts, a door, security, rounded edges, innovative 5.25" device mounting mechanism design and removable 3.5" drive bays...The only thing missing is a removable motherboard tray. On the negative side of things I struggle to find enough to talk about. The only thing to report is how heavy the case is, you wouldn't want to be moving it around too much - It's a brick, put simply. Additionally, the package I received from PC Case Gear in Australia didn't include any instructions, this meant a fair amount of guess word was needed but everything was pretty much self explanatory and straight forward anyway.In conclusion, if you want an ATX case with just about every feature you could imagine, with the looks and workmanship to match, the Enermax 710B is the case for you.- ProsCost effectiveLooks goodGreat list of featuresImpressive workmanship- ConsHeavyNo instructionsRating - 9/10
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