by Rory Buszka on October 4, 2007 in Mid-Tower
If you’re not into silent PCs, then the AcoustiCase 340 probably isn’t for you. If that comment piques your interest, read on and find out why this case is a good choice for those who have the goal of reducing the noise output of their PC. We put it to the test, both thermally and sonically.
The case arrived packaged in what appears to be the box used by a Chinese case OEM â€“ the dead giveaway is the broken English writing. Apparently this is â€œModel 6A”. Itâ€™s clear that what weâ€™re really dealing with here is a plain OEM case, simply accessorized with AcoustiProducts items and put back in the original box. Even so, care was apparently taken to repackage the case at least as well as it originally had been.
Removing the side panel of the case revealed a large bubble-wrapped bundle of boxes, including the hardware pack for the case itself and another larger box containing additional AcoustiProducts accessories. Contained in the larger box were a single AcoustiFan 120mm case fan, a set of four elastomer studs for decoupled mounting of the case fan, an empty package of AcoustiFeet (already attached to the case itself), and a power cord â€“ which is strange since the case doesnâ€™t include a power supply, and QuietPC didnâ€™t supply us with one. Oh well, you can never have too many euro cables (and yet strangely itâ€™s the one thing I routinely forget to bring to LAN parties).
The case itselfâ€¦ well, letâ€™s just say the AcoustiCase 340 isnâ€™t much to look at. Itâ€™s almost depressingly plain, with a black orange-peel paint job and a faux brushed black-anodized aluminum appearance on the front panel. The case is available in both a black-and-silver version and an all-black version, which is the one that QuietPC sent us. We suppose the all-black version is at least visually stealthy â€“ it might be right at home in a recording studio, tucked discreetly away beneath a mixing console. Still, we donâ€™t find its design particularly appealing, and it isnâ€™t the sort of case weâ€™d display on our desks.
And now, the second caveat (aesthetics being the first): While our AcoustiCase 340 came with the acoustic damping materials pre-installed by QuietPC, typical customers wonâ€™t receive this treatment. We would have preferred to be sent the same package that QuietPC sends to all their customers, but thatâ€™s not how it worked out. Youâ€™ll have to install all these materials yourself as per an installation guide supplied by AcoustiProducts. The case itself will be shipped to you in the form of a â€˜kitâ€™.
||ATX Mid Tower
||18.1″ x 8.3″ x 16.9″
||1x120mm (rear, not included); 1x120mm (front, not included)
4x 5.25″ External
2x 3.5″ External
5x 3.5″ Internal
||ATX, Micro ATX
|Front Panel Ports
||Audio I/O, 2x USB, 1x IEEE 1394
||Latching side panel
Washable air filter
So weâ€™ve established that you arenâ€™t likely to buy this case for its looks. Letâ€™s have a peek inside and see what the AcoustiCase 340 really has to offer.