Coolermaster ATC-210-VX2 Case Review

Author: Alex Yeung
Editor: Howard Ha
Publish Date: Wednesday, June 12th, 2002
Originally Published on Neoseeker (http://www.neoseeker.com)
Article Link: http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/s/atc210vx2/
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Most of you have probably already heard of aluminum cases. In fact, some of you might have already jumped on the aluminum case bandwagon. But for those looking for or intending to buy one in the future, I’ve got one for you to look at today.

I’ve seen other Cooler Master aluminum cases before and they have a reputation of being quite visually pleasing. The ATC-210-VX2 is no different. Largely in part to the acrylic swinging door, this case provides a cool finish to an already incredible looking case. But this case has more than looks, and we’ll look at that now.

Before I continue, I’d like to thank our friends at LoVermeCases.com for providing this case for review. They modded the case with a side window, provided a blue cathode light and gave us an 80x80mm clear fan. They also made us Neoseeker custom window etches and had Neoseeker logos put on the two exhaust fans in the case. There’s more… they gave us an extra side window with two 80x80 clear fans installed in it for extra case cooling. Wow, you guys are truly amazing!!

Specifications

Dimensions: 520 mm(L) x 196 mm(W) x 452 mm(H)
ATX Form Factor
Material: Aluminum and Acrylic
Drive Bays: 10 total
5.25” Bays (External) x 4
3.5” Bays (External) x 2
3.5” Bays (Internal) x 4
Dual Standard USB front ports
Removable Motherboard tray
80x80x25mm exhaust fan – top
80x80x25mm exhaust fan – back
Weight: 6.5kg

First Impressions

The swinging front door is the most noticeable part about this case. Because the coloured acrylic looks like glass, it not only looks very modern, it also gives the case a very unique look when compared to other aluminum cases. Aluminum cases are notorious for being lightweight so, naturally, I picked up the case. I was pleasantly surprised at how light the case is. It would be perfect to bring to LAN parties. I was a little disappointed to find that Cooler Master does not include a cover for one of the 5.25” bays. This makes stealth mods difficult.

Test System

Intel Pentium 4 1.7Ghz (478pin)
Abit TH7-II RAID
AVC Sunflower CPU fan
2x256M Samsung RDRAM
Abit Siluro GeForce4 Ti4600
Soundblaster Audigy Platinum
80Gb Maxtor (Win 2000 Pro)
HP CD Writer

Installation

The removable motherboard tray made installation a breeze. I took out the tray, popped in the motherboard spacers included with the case and screwed in the motherboard. There are thumbscrews everywhere so I barely had to touch a screwdriver. Only the power supply requires traditional screws.

The case had lots of room to work with and I had literally no problems getting everything in and working. I even put the cold cathode in and you really have to see it to believe it. These cold cathodes are really bright and produce very little heat. This case was truly a dream to work with.

Cost & Option Prices

Coolermaster ATC 210 (Emerald Green) $299.00
Regular Rounded Rectangle Window w/ Chrome Trim $35.00
Secondary Regular Window w/ Dual Clear Fans and Chrome Grills $57.00
Custom Window Etch $23.00
12" Cold Cathode Kit w/ mounting bases $32.99
Custom Tattoo in Brushed Aluminum $10.00
Custom Fan Tattoos in Reflective Chrome $5.00 (for two)

Total Package: $461.99

Conclusions

Wow! Very little surprises me but this case was exceptional. The case itself is truly one of the better aluminum cases on the market today. But when coupled with the great people at LoVermeCases, the result is so great that words cannot even describe it.

Pros:

  • lightweight
  • sliding motherboard tray
  • thumbscrews
  • swinging acrylic front door
  • front USB
  • looks plain awesome

    Cons:

  • price
  • missing 5.25” cover

    Overall Score: 95%

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