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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [04.08.02]
Manufactured by: SkyHawk
Est. Street Price: $125


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The very first thing you'll notice about the MSR-4610 is that it uses thumbscrews almost exclusively.  You can take the entire case apart, all the way down to removing the power supply, without the direct need of a screwdriver (some of them were on pretty tight, so keep one handy just in case you've been playing too many games and not getting enough exercise, just like your Mom warned you).

A note on the power supply - while our unit came with one (a SkyHawk brand 300W P4 PSU, with variable speed fan), it is not standard, and not included in the estimated street price.

One cool thing about the PSU cover on this case is that it can be rotated 180 degrees to make for different styles of PSU's.


Once you take off the side wall, you'll be treated to a beautiful view of the SkyHawk's all aluminum innards.  The first great feature of the case you'll see is the extra 3.5" drive bay situated right in front of a pair of 80mm intake fans.  This is an excellent feature, especially if you're running a RAID setup.  If you have one or two IBM Deskstar drives, you'll be loving this bay, because it will keep your drives extremely cool, hopefully eliminating any risk of a dead drive that so many people are experiencing.

This bay makes for a total of six 3.5" brackets (2 open, and 4 hidden).  Up top you'll find four open 5.25" brackets; plenty of room for expansion in this case!

Now that we have our hard drives and CDROMs installed, we can go ahead and install the motherboard and peripherals!

That's right, you can now do that in one easy step, thanks to the AWESOME motherboard tray in the MSR-4610...

With this tray, you can install your motherboard (ATX, m-ATX and Xeon-ATX are supported) AND your peripherals in one step! Building a PC has truly never been this easy... Just slide the tray out (again thumb screws are used, no need for even a screwdriver in this case), pop the board on, install your CPU and RAM, install the peripherals (all back ports use thumb screws), slide the tray back on, wire everything up, and you're done.  If you've installed in systems without a tray, you know how frustrating and annoying it can be getting around inside even a mid sized case such as this one...

You'll also notice the exhaust fan on the back.  Along with the four intake fans (two on the front, two on the side), you will have all the air flow you will even need (in fact probably more than you need!).  Just like a heatsink, the heat might be radiating off the aluminum, but you'll need some air flow to get rid of it completely.  Be warned though, with all these fans going, your case is going to make quite a bit of noise.  The noise is nothing compared to a high speed CPU fan, but it is definitely something you want to consider when setting your rig up for ultimate cooling.

Let's see how this monster performs!

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