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A-Top Technology Z-Alien Enclosure Review

By: Shawn Baker | Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 30, 2004 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: A-Top Technology



Moving to the inside of the case you really see the massive length come into play. While one of the most noticeable things is the missing motherboard tray, due to huge length we shouldn't have too much of a problem installing devices into it.


You can see a lot of the main features toward the bottom right of the case. We have our space for the precious hard drives, the Z-Alien can support a very comfortable four hard drives across the bottom. Not only that though, if you aren't using a floppy drive, you can squeeze in as many as another three giving support for a maximum of seven hard drives which should keep a lot of people busy downloading for a long while.



As we mentioned, a total of four 5.25" drives can be installed - DVD-ROM, DVD-Burner and two hard drive caddies, for example. The Z-Alien supports more the enough drives so you shouldn't run into any trouble when it comes to laying out your system.



As you can see, where the HDDs are housed, we have a fan at the bottom which helps push air across the drives. The fan is placed in a good position where the 80mm fan can cool all four hard drives if needed. Fortunately, the case also has air holes on the other side so you don't have to worry about it not being able to pull in cool air from anywhere. We believe HDD cooler to be critical and it's good to see the designers of this case think the same thing.




Finally before we go to the installation, we have a little box inside the case that carries the feet for the bottom, some extra covers for the front of the case and some screws so you can install your motherboard.





With the insides looked at, let's see if the length does make it easier to install considering we don't have a removable motherboard tray.


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