: Just before Christmas I decided it was time to replace
the case I use on my personal system. The brief was fairly simple,
I needed a full tower that was made to the highest quality at
a sensible price. Of course one of the great advantages in running
a hardware review site is that you get to play with a lot of
stuff, and both through the site and through my work with PCs
I have seen more than my fair share of cases both good and bad.
After mentally sorting the wheat from the chaff, one name kept
cropping up on my shortlist and that was Antec, a company that
produces cases fabled for their strength, quality and "modability".
Although the case on the table today is badged up as a Chieftec
case, it's still the same as those available through Antec and
it appears they use a different distributor depending on the
In the end the name is an incidental, what it
all comes down to is form and function, and that's what we're
going to be looking at today.
The DA-01BD Black Dragon full tower cases is exactly
the same as Antec's SX1240 full tower. This imposing case sports
six external 5.25" bays and two 3.5" all hidden away
behind a lockable door. It's built like the proverbial brick
outhouse and though it isn't exactly dripping with features
like front mounted USB and multimedia ports or chromed plastic
trim, it remains in my opinion one of the best all round cases
on the market today. Let's take a wander through the spec sheet
before we move on.
Dragon Series: DA-01WD
ATX FULL TOWER CASE
Dimension: 470x 205x 670mm(DxWxH).
Drive: 6 x 5.25"+2 x 3.5"FDD+ 6 x 3.5"HDD.
Fits different size M/B, including 12"Wx 13"L XEON motherboard.
Optional 4 x 80mm cooling fans.
Optional side panel cooling fan.
PSII, PSII redundant or standard redundant