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RaidMax X-1 Gaming Case

Manufacturer: Raidmax
Supplied by:
Raidmax
Price: $79

by Dean Barker (7/07/2005)

Introduction

Raidmax has put out a number of cost effective pre-modded cases since they came into existance back in 2001.  They seem to always specialize in having something different from the crowd that attracts more than just the casual observer.  Aside from each of their new case lines having a central glitzy feature, it is a tradition of Raidmax to put out cases with real world practical features.  Today, we have a look at Raidmax’s newest case, the Raidmax X-1.  The X-1's main attraction is an LCD on the front bezel displaying temperature, hard drive and fan activity.  This coupled with useful and affordable features and an included 450w power supply makes for something that I'm sure will get your attention.  Before we dive in, we want to send our thanks out to Raidmax for making this review possible.  So without further delay, let’s see what the X-1 is all about shall we?

Specifications

  • Observed Dimensions: 490 x 203 x 438mm

  • Construction: Steel / ABS Plastic

  • Available Colors: Black/Silver, White/Silver

  • Observed weight: 8 kg (w/ PSU)

  • Mainboard: ATX up to 10” (W) x 12” (L)

  • Drive Bays: Three 3.5” (hidden), two 3.5” (exposed), five 5.25” (exposed)

  • Cooling: Front 120mm LED case fan, rear 120mm case fan

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

  • Tool free 5.25” and 3.5” device installation

  • Power Supply: 450 watt PSU included

The Box

The Raidmax X-1 is offered in two color schemes, white/silver and black/silver.  As you can see below, our review sample is the white/silver model with an almost kitchenesqe feel to it.  I say kitchenesqe since you see a lot more white kitchen appliances than you do PC cases.  The overall quality of the paint job on the Raidmax is top shelf as we have come to expect from them. 

The front bezel is a 50/50 split between silver and white.  The left side is actually an aluminum piece that covers one side of the front bezel and wraps around in a gentle curve to cover about 50 mm of the left side panel.  Centered in this aluminum covering we find a medium sized LCD display showing temperature, HDD activity and fan activity that we’ll show you in action shortly.  Below this is the power button laid in to match the LCD coloring.  Opening the bezel door (right hand swing) reveals five 5.25" bays and two 3.5" bays for expansion.  Also present is a reset button immediately next to the 3.5" bays as well as two USB ports, mic and speaker jack at the bottom edge.  The louver type vents you see feed an unfiltered intake fan mounting area that can take an 80, 90 or 120mm fan.

     


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