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XClio Blackhawk Full Tower Chassis

By: Chad Sebring | Full-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 3, 2010 1:22 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: XClio

The XClio Blackhawk Full Tower Case




After removing the foam and plastic, we are left with this look at the front of the Blackhawk. A shiny stripe at the top accents the matte finish of the side rails and mesh front, and it also holds a surprise you will see in the end of the review. You can see the two 120mm intake fans on the bottom two thirds of the mesh and three removable mesh covers for the optical drive bays up top. This should allow for quite a bit of airflow, which this chassis is based on.




Looking down at the top of the Blackhawk, you can see the front I/O and fan control center. Behind this is a full mesh top surrounded in a plastic frame. Just under this mesh is another pair of 120mm fans. Oh, I almost forgot, all four of these fans have blue LED lights.




Getting a bit closer to the control panel of the Blackhawk shows just how in-depth it is. There are three separate zones with a dial fan speed control, a fan on/off switch to just shut them down, and a LED on/off switch for each zone. To the right is the I/O components, and moving farther right is where the power, reset and rear case LED on/off switch is found.




The matte finish is taken around to the paint on the side panels as well. This side is also where you will find the fifth fan in the cooling system; the 250mm blue LED door fan. The fan is protected by an oversized mesh panel that allows for a bit of a view to the interior as well.




The rear is unfinished and is left in the same coated steel finish you will find on the interior. The top overhangs the rear I/O panel a bit. This is due to three LEDs placed there so users can see behind the chassis. Next to the rare I/O is a spot for a 120mm fan that is not included. Below you will find seven expansion slots next to an area of vented steel and some pretty worthless water cooling holes. That leaves us with the PSU mounting area. There is a removable panel that mounts to the PSU to make installation a little easier.




The opposing panel is pretty plain, but serves its purpose to close off this side and hide wires.




Underneath the Blackhawk, it stands on round rubber feet. On the Blackhawk Advanced, these are replaced with feet that sit past the sides to add a bit of stability. As far as I was concerned, these feet did the job pretty well.


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