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

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Looking Inside...


As we venture inside the case, you can see that there are a lot of 3.5" bays (four internal, two exposed as we said earlier).  All the fans in the 111c are fully guarded, which is a nice touch.

Up top you can see the 4 external 5.25" bays.  Unfortunately there are no rail guides in these bays, so you will have to hold onto the drive with one hand while you are installing the screws.

The most important feature for many people is a motherboard tray.  If you have never owned a case with a full motherboard tray that includes the PCI brackets, you do NOT know what you're missing! It is SO much easier to work with a case that allows you to pull everything out while you route cables or install a new drive.  Once you own a case with a motherboard tray, I promise you'll never want to go back.


To test performance, we installed nearly the highest-end system you can build today - a Pentium 4 3.0C GHz with a Radeon 9700.  We're definitely creating some heat here.  As a reference point, we're going to compare it to a Cheap Ass $40 steel case you may have forced yourself to buy to spare some coin for a higher end CPU of video card.  Once you'll see what a difference a high end case like the 111c makes, I gurantee you'll be running to your local shop in seconds:

Both cases are using their default fans: The ATC-111c is using 2 front intake fans, 1 top exhaust fan, and 1 rear exhaust fan.  The Cheap Ass Case had 1 intake fan and 1 exhaust fan.  The test systems were EXACTLY the same, including power supply.

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