Coolcases-modded Chenbro PC-610 Case

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May 11, 2004 by Ralf Hutter

Product
Coolcase-modded Chenbro PC-610 Case
Sample Supplier
Coolcases.com
Price
US$135

Chenbro is best known as a large supplier to OEMs in the server/rack mount market. They do have a line of cases targeted to the consumer market; the recently reviewed Chenbro Gaming Bomb is one that should be familiar to SPCR readers. The subject of this review is the PC-610, an earlier, standard sized, conservatively styled, affordably priced, mid-tower case -- with a twist: It has been modded by Coolcases.com.

Coolcases.com is a high performance PC case specialist well-known to many DIY system builders. They offer a wide variety of modifications to cases that are preselected for high quality and performance. This modded, upgraded version of the Chenbro PC- 610 case includes the following changes:

  • Removal of the front 120mm grill
  • Addition of a side 120mm grill
  • Rubber molding strips around the resulting holes
  • aluminum mesh intake filters for both fan holes
  • Fan mounting grommets at each of the three fan mounting locations
  • Premounted three 120mm x 25mm Globe brand Low Noise fans
  • Fans are routed through a 4-pot Mitron rheobus in one of the two 3.5" drive bays.

For more details, please visit the Chenbro PC-610 page at Coolcases. Note that Coolcases offers cases (and mods to cases) from Chenbro, Addtronics, Enlight, Lite-On, AMS and Compucase.

This was an eagerly awaited sample, as I have a soft spot for the Chenbro server cases, especially the SR104 "Genie". They are well built, roomy and well ventilated, all features that I look for in a case. I was really curious about how the desktop-oriented PC-610 compared to a"built like a tank" server case like the Genie. Especially after Jim Hanson of Coolcases.com had done his magic.


The simple, basic packing box gives a clue about it's contents....


......a simple, basic looking black mid-tower case

PC-610 FEATURES & SPECS FROM CHENBRO

Effective Thermal Dynamics

  • Optional 120mm front and rear cooling fans
  • Passes Intel 3.06GHz CPU thermal test

Excellent EMI Solution

  • Optional EMI liner for slot window
  • Optional EMI liner on the edges

Installation and Maintenance Time Saving

  • Easy bezel removal design
  • Detachable internal drive cage
  • Screwless slide rails for 5.25" and 3.5" devices
  • Optional screwless holder for add-on card

Safe Assembly

  • Folded edge for each part
  • Membrane of side cover to avoid scratch

Configuration Flexibility

  • Screw-mounted or rail-mounted for 5.25" and 3.5" devices
  • Optional extra 2-bay or 4-bay HDD cage
  • Rackmountable by tray

Maximum Security

  • Support Kensington lock, and optional intrusion switch and Keylock
  • Side cover latch

Optional USB2.0/Audio or USB2.0/Audio/IEEE1394 FP I/O board

Dimension (DxWxH): 18.31"x 7.80"x 16.73"

Drive Bays

  • Exposed 3 x 5.25"
  • Exposed 2 x 3.5"
  • Internal 2 x 3.5"

Switch: Power ON/OFF

LEDs: Power ON& HDD Activity

  • PCI/AGP Slot Opening : 7
  • Front Panel I/O (Option): 2xUSB2.0,2xAudio, 1xIEEE1394
  • Security Lock: Keylock, intrusion switch and kensington lock supported
  • Construction : SECC
  • Net Weight: 8.2 Kg (18.02lbs)


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