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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [05.12.03]
Manufactured by: Cooler Master 
Est. Street Price: $190

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No doubt you're familiar with Cooler Master's wide range of products by now.  Lately we've reviewed most of their newer heatsinks; we really liked the X-Dream HAC-V81 as an awesome low-cost solution.

For some time now, Cooler Master has been teaming up with ATC in Taiwan to produce a slick line of Cooler Master performance cases.  Cooler Master takes care of the design, and ATC builds them to spec.  Today we look at one of their full aluminum towers, The ATC-111c.

You might recognize this as the base case used by VoodooPC on many of their systems.  Of course they heavily mod it until it's basically beyond recognition as an ATC case.  If a kick ass company like VoodooPC picked the ATC-111 as the main tower for their high end systems, ATC and Cooler Master must be doing something right! Let's take a closer look.

On The Surface

The simplicity of the front panel door is pretty much the exact opposite of what Thermaltake is going for in their Xaser series.  Rather than go full out with a loud bright design, Cooler Master chose a simple, yet eye-catching look with nice lines, and a small logo.  Some people love the outrageous look of the Xaser, while others may prefer the clean look af the ATC-111c.

At the bottom you'll find a pair of low RPM 80mm fans (Cooler Master brand, of course) behind a very nice looking grille.  Both the Power and HDD LED's are a nice blue.  The power button is tactile and reliable, and the reset button is easy to use when you have to, but not so easy that you'll accidentally be resetting your PC all the time.  The grille does a good job of filtering dust, so make sure you clean it off once in a while!

Opening the front door exposes 4 5.25" drive bays, and a pair of 3.5" bays (there are 4 more 3.5" bays inside).  The bay covers are all aluminum, and held in by screws, so you don't have to worry about them getting pushed inside the case while moving things around.  I do have some complaints about the door however....

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