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Raidmax 822W "Cobra" Enclosure Review

By: Mike Wright | Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 5, 2004 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Raidmax

Installation Notes


There isn't really a lot to report in this area. You'll need to keep that screwdriver handy for system installation as there isn't any sort of tool-free system included in this model, but then it also comes at a price to make this not too bad a compromise.


All drives fit as they were supposed to and nothing had to be forced into place. The included hardware allowed for installation of all peripherals and I didn't have to go searching for extra screws or anything to finish the job.


So while this section becomes a bit boring, it is nice that everything worked as it was supposed to and all mounting hardware needed was included.





When it comes to heavily customized cases, it is hard to expect any company to come out with something as unique as this at a price as low as it sells for. The price? It can be found online (like on Deal Time) for about US$59, which includes a 420 watt power supply. We're talking a great budget price for a very unique case design.


Of course, you won't get a huge amount of additional features for that bargain basement price, but you will get everything necessary to create a special look for your favorite gaming rig. Imagine the looks of envy on the faces of the other gamers when you pull this out at your next LAN event.


On the downside, you will get limited filtration of fans (there was only a mesh covering for the side fan for finger protection) and a vented side panel that pretty much requires you to lay out your cooling in one way only. Other than that, though, you're looking at an outstanding value and a very good looking design to boot.


Bottom line...If you're in the market for a custom looking gaming case but don't have a huge amount of money to shell out, you have found exactly what you've been looking for. With an excellent finish and an overall appeal that is more than just a little exciting, the Raidmax Cobra is one of the better values you'll currently find on the retail market!


- Pros


Very low price


Outstanding looks


Plenty of space for fans


Excellent exterior finish


Yellow and orange lighting effects instead of just blue


- Cons


Not enough filtration


Vented side panel on right


Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Value Award!



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