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Enermax CS-718 Server Case

Manufacturer: Enermax
Supplied by: Maxpoint
Price: $199

by Dean Barker (1/26/2005)

 

Introduction

Successful innovation frequently comes from the obvious logic that eluded others.  We first saw an inverted mainboard case design in the Lian Li V1000.  By mounting a mainboard upside down, lots of workspace and efficiency were discovered.  This idea was new and showed lots of originality but unfortunately not much function beyond neatness with component layout.  Enermax, grafting their Wind Tunnel Cooling system onto this 'flip-flop' design, has produced a product offering cooling performance that is unmatched in the high end case market.  Today, the folks at Maxpoint have provided us a sample of Enermax's new thinking in the CS-718 server case so we can show you first hand what we're talking about.  Let's jump right in.

Specifications

  • Observed dimensions: 470 x 553 x 205mm

  • Observed weight: 14 kg

  • Construction: SECC 0.8mm

  • Drive Bays: (4) 5.25”, (2) 3.5", (6) hidden 3.5”

  • Expansion slots: (7)

  • M/B Type: Standard ATX, Extended ATX and Micro ATX

  • Power Supply: Enermax 465w Silent PSU

  • Front Mounted Access Ports: USB 2.0 (x4), Firewire, speaker and mic jack

  • Cooling: Front mounted 120mm LED case fan; Rear mounted 120mm LED case fan; Fan mounting area for additional 80mm intake

  • Window: N/A

  • Available Colors: Silver, Black

At first glance you can see that the Enermax CS-718 is indeed a server case.  Measuring 470 x 553 x 205mm; this is nothing that is going to tuck underneath a desk out of site.  Another thing while we are talking about size is that this is a steel case.  Steel case construction cuts two ways.  While heavy, a full 14 kg in this case, they also provide superior protection for the components inside.  On a mission critical server, this is much more important than most people give credit for.  Let's move on to the aesthetics Enermax has obviously put a lot of thought into.


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