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Topower B030 Midi ATX Server Case

Review Date: 23rd October 2002
Reviewed By: Michael "Hughesey" Hughes
Product: Topower B030 Midi ATX Server Case
Rating: 93%
Manufacturer: Topower Computers
Supplier: EYO Technologies

The Case (Externals)

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Here in all its glory, is the Topower B030 Midi ATX Server case. As we can see, its not the biggest case in the world, but after reading the rest of this review, I'm sure youll agree with me that it is more than suitable for a fileserver case, a LAN case, or even a home PC case as its black looks give it that "High Tech" feel.

The front of the case sports a stylish hinged door, which covers up all but the top drive bay. This is usefull, especially to hide those beige drives which would otherwise clash with the black colour of the case. The door is also lockable, allowing for security against people strealing any removable drives you may have installed. As we can see, the case has three 5.25" drive bays at the top, as well as three 5.25" bays at the bottom. This is perfect for server applications, as you can have your CD/Tape drives in the top few bays, and then have removable hard drives in the bottom three, all hidden away behind the front door. In fact, this case has as many drive bays as a standard full tower case, but in a much smaller package, perfect for the space conscious server admin, or the LANer who prefers not to have to carry a huge case around to LANs but still wants to retain the possibility of loading his PC full of hard drives for the all but inevitable leeching session.

On the back of the case, we see the standard ATX backplate, as well as room for the PSU. Also worthy of noting is the provision of space for two 80mm case fans. These fans will help the system temperatures dramatically as they are located right near the CPU area. We would have preferred to see the fan holes cut out and grills placed on them instead of the machine drilled set of holes, however, as that would allow for both greater airflow out of the case, and less noise due to less resistance to the airflow.

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