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Reviewed by: Ed Lau [08.31.03]
Edited by: Carl Nelson
Manufactured by: Aspire USA

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Alien Autopsy!

Although their very existance is in questions, it seems that extraterrestrials have some kind of mind control over the computer industry. It's a conspiracy, I tell you. Their influence can be seen everywhere! Obviously Alienware has had their grey matter probed from the beginning. There are a few video cards with alien graphics, alien demos and we've got countless alien case mods. They're coming to abduct and probe us in unimaginable regions, I swear.

The latest company to fall under their mind control is Aspire USA, and we're going to...kill... all...humans...

I mean, today we're going to take a look at their X-Superalien tower, right after I make myself a tinfoil hat.

Much Better.

Inevitably, people are going to make comparisons and comments such as "That's just yet another
Chenming/Chieftec/Antec case with some stuff tacked onto it!" and admittely, I thought about
the same when I first saw the case. I mean, who DOESN'T have a Chenming case? I think
everyone and their mom's neighbor's cousin's iguana has had a Chenming at some point.

However, Aspire takes the design further, modifying not only the looks but the design of the
case itself. While the Thermaltake Xaser III uses a different reference case than the original
Chenming (but still based off the Chenming), the Aspire is somewhat in between and then some.

As a change of pace, let's start with the interior before we move on to the sweet candy coating.

The HD rack faces the side instead of the back. This is one of the better modifications done to
Chenming case as it makes adjusting jumpers a breeze and makes sure that those extra long video cards like the GeForce FX5900 Ultra don't get in the way of your spinning platters. While you can't remove the entire cage anymore, the rack is still very user friendly. I love drive rails, and these are just great. If you want, you can mount the drives backwards (with the IDE and molex facing the other side) and cables can be slipped out of the way.

Above the 3.5" bays are the floppy and 5.25" bays.  The FDD cage can be taken out for installation ease.

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