A truly awesome review. Great job Ralf. Esp. on that wiring thing
I've got a few questions:
1) Is fan noise at 12v comparable at all to 3700AMB stock fan at 12v? The reason I'm asking is because I had to run my 3700AMB fan at 5v, at 12v it was like a jet fighter, while you are saying that at 12v Lanboy was tolerable. Mine also established a ticking noise at 5v as well.
At 12V, the Lanboy's case fans are noticeably quieter than the 3700AMB stock fan at 12V. Antec makes no noise claims for the 3700AMB fan, it's just a regular fan. They call the Lanboy's fans "quiet fans" which is a reasonable claim.
2) Are 120mm fans just regular 120mm Antec fans that I can buy everywhere or they are special "quiet" version? Is it this one, but clear, http://www.antec-inc.com/us/pro_details ... odID=77095
If you're talking about the 120mm fans in the Lanboy, Antec calls them "quiet fans" but there's no model number or any other form of identification on them so you can't compare them to any other Antec fan. The fans you linked look similar to the lighted front fan of the Lanboy but there's no way to tell if it's the same. Antec doesn't claim that those lighted fans are "quiet" so my guess would be that they're not the same as the fans that are included with the Lanboy.
3) If you didn't care about all visual glimmics, would you choose this case, 3700AMB or Compucase LX-6A19 or Fong Kai 330 regarding the quality of construction? It seems from your review those cases would be less noisy because they are made from steel. I'm looking for a 2x120mm fan case right now.
The 3700AMB and the 6A19 are the same case and identically constructed, but with different bezels. I'd choose the 3700AMB because the door has the advantage of slightly lower noise and it hides the drives from sight too. I'd also choose the Fong Kai over the Lanboy due to it's steel construction and more internal room.
My priorities in a case (in order) are: 1) Quiet, 2) Cool, 3) Roomy and easy to work in/with, 4) Looks nice. That's just me though. Within that framework the Lanboy is a little too noisy due to it's lightweight aluminum construction and bezel design, too small and too busy looking.
I personally place very little importance on the physical size and weight of a case because my cases don't get moved. If I was a LAN-er I'd think the Lanboy was an excellent choice performance-wise. I'd rather not have the window or the lights, but that's a personal thing for the most part.