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RaidMax Cobra Gaming Case

Manufacturer: RaidMax
Supplied by: RaidMax
Street Price: $80

By Dean Barker (4/14/2004)

Introduction

RaidMax is no Johnny come lately to the world of functional and inexpensive computer cases.  They have shown themselves at being very adept in putting out boxes with smart looks while keeping things within the reach of Joe Gamer's pocket book.  The newest RaidMax case is no different.  The RaidMax Cobra offered in four color schemes, is designed to draw attention to itself, be it in your room or at your local LAN party.  Today, we are fortunate enough to have one of these cases up on the bench so we can pick it apart and see what you get for your hard earned buck.  Thanks to RaidMax for making this review possible.  With that said, let's move on to the case specs.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 200 (W) x 430 (H) x 450mm (D)

  • Construction: Steel / ABS Plastic

  • Available Colors: Black, Silver, Blue, Red

  • Observed weight: 7.7kg (w/o PSU)

  • Mainboard: ATX up to 10.5” (W) x 12” (L)

  • Drive Bays: Four 3.5” (hidden), two 3.5” (exposed), four 5.25” (exposed)

  • Custom window with grilling 

  • Cooling: Rear 80mm case fans, front mounting to accommodate up to four 80mm case fans, right side panel 80mm amber/red LED case fan.

  • Front mounted ports: two USB 2.0, mic and speaker jacks

  • Tool free 5.25” and 3.5” device installation

  • Power Supply: 420 watt PSU

The Box

The RaidMax Cobra is offered in four color schemes; black with yellow accents, red with black accents, silver with red accents and blue with silver accents.  You can visually see each of these color schemes here.  Our test case as you can see below, is a very sporty looking red.  The front bezel is shaped so that it somewhat resembles its namesake.  The 'eyes' of the case are lit by LEDs and light up differently depending on what color case you have.  These are listed as follows, Red Case: White LEDs, Black Case: Amber LEDs, Silver Case: White LEDs and the Blue Case: Blue LEDs

     

Opening up the bezel door we find four 5.25" bays, two 3.5" bays, a power and a reset button.  All of these are plastic and are painted to match the case nicely.  The lower half of the front of the Cobra has three slits.  A large mesh grill separates that bezel from the fan intake mounting points.  The grill unfortunately won't stop anything much smaller than a pencil.  The lower door is opened by depressing its middle top thus exposing two USB ports a mic in and a speaker out jack.  You may notice the absence of a power and a standard HDD activity light.  No big deal but worth mentioning.  More of the HDD activity in a bit.

     


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