by Greg King on January 16, 2006 in Full-Tower
ASYS is a newcomer in the computer tower market, but their Freedom case is a great way to make a name for themselves. It’s packed with functionality and very well built. Let’s take a look and see if it has what it takes to battle with the big boys.
As you all know, these are my system specs that will be going into the Freedom Tower.
- Processor - AMD 3700+ San Diego 1MB L2
- Motherboard - DFI LanParty Ultra – D
- Video Card - eVGA 7800 GT
- Power Supply - Ultra X-Finity 500W PSU
- Memory - 512 x 2 Crucial Ballistix
- Hard Disk - 1 WD Raptor 74 GB / Seagate 160 GB
- Sound Card - Creative Audigy ZS2
- OS - Windows XP Pro / SP2
I attempted to remove the motherboard tray and after great troubles, I succeeded. Upon installation, I was unable to get the tray back into the case so instead of breaking something out of frustration, I removed the motherboard, kept the mounting screws in the proper holes, drank a few Newcastle’s and fought some more with the damn tray. The best I can say about the mobo tray is that it is cumbersome. I do not recommend anyone remove this tray unless you feel that you could have more luck with it than I did.
After I got the tray back into the case, I installed the mobo, the hard drives and the PSU. Once everything was connected, I powered on the system and to my surprise, it all worked!
I am now curious to see what the LED’s look like when lit up. Below you will see a couple of pictures of the case fully populated with all of my components as well as the LED’s all lit up. Please understand that the pictures do not do this case any justice as the LED’s are absolutely beautiful lit up and with the dial, you can adjust the lights to light up extremely fast or very slow.
This case, with its few flaws is a solid case for anyone looking for a good, robust case at home. Its weight will limit it’s usefulness to all but the strongest of LAN gamers. There are many aspects of the case that I absolutely love just as there are things about this case that I would like to see changed.
- Strong, robust and sturdy construction
- Great design
- Great air movement
- Huge windowed side panel
- Looks great
- No sharp edges inside or out
- LED’s are absolutely beautiful
- Heavy! (Think Volkswagen)
- Mobo tray made me want to jump off a bridge
- Instructions could be better
- The black PCI brace is a waste of space
All in all, I liked this case and with a few adjustments, this could very well be a great case. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a strong case for the office or gaming room and certainly to anyone who is going to water cool their rig. The space inside this beast is more than enough for most and the many open bays allow for all the optical drives, ZIP drives and hot swap bays that you can possibly use. If it wasn’t for my near suicidal mobo tray fiasco, this would be a perfect case for me but with that factored in, I am giving this case an 8 out of 10. This is hands down, a good case that could easily be great. Many thanks to the fine people at Asys for allowing me/us to review this case.
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