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Chieftec / Chenming - Black Dragon Full Tower Case
Author : Wayne Date : February 12th 2002

3DVelocity would like to thank Pete over at Overclock.co.uk for providing this case for review.

...Product Black Dragon Full Tower Case
...Manufacturer Chieftec/Chenming
...Supplier Overclock.co.uk
...Price £76.38 (Inc VAT)

 

 

 

 

Introduction : 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 market.

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.
Install PSII, PSII redundant or standard   redundant PSU.
Net/Gross Weight=15/16Kgs(w/o PSU).
20 feet/270 pieces , 40 feet/550 pieces.
PACKING:1 CTN/3.65'.

 

NO. ITEM Q'TY
1 SIDE PLATE 1
2 FRONT PANEL 1
3 PLASTIC DOOR 1
4 5.25" SLIDER 8
5 3.5" FDD CAGE 1
6 3.5" HDD CAGE 2
7 FAN HOLDER 4
8 I/O SHIELD 1
9 SLOT COVER 7
10 CARD GUIDE 1

 

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