It's that time again -- time to look for a new case. We already had a pretty good idea of what we were after, and we ended up with the Chieftec DA01BD, a black fulltower case. The case is going to be used as a testbed for our upcoming watercooler round-up, thus we needed a case that was big enough to house a complete watercooler with radiator, pump, reservoir, et cetra. In Part I we will, however, focus on the case for use in high-end workstations and servers.
Now that you know what kind of case we were looking for, lets have a look at it's features:
- Form factor: ATX (max 12"x13" Xeon)
- Dimensions: 670x205x473 mm (HxWxD)
- External drivebays: 6 x 5¼", 2 x 3½"
- Internal drivebays: 6 x 3½"
- Casecooling: 5 x 80mm, 1 x 90mm above PSU
- Swing-out side panel with handle and lock
- Quick-release drive bays with release lever
- Powersupply: 340W (Enermax 431W used in this review)
Our first impression of this case is good -- it's a very sturdy all steel construction, the hinged door on the left side makes for easy entry of the case, interior is very clean and organized, and let's not forget the "cool-factor" of a black case. The latter is, of course, a personal preference, but I'm really getting tired of the beige cases that have been dominating the market for as long as I can remember.
Fig. 1 The Chieftec DA01BD Servertower.
For those of you with Antec cases out there: Yes, it looks a lot like the SX1040, in fact, it has the exact same design, but it's bigger, just as big as the SX1240.