by Rob Williams on March 10, 2005 in Mid-Tower
Last week, we reviewed the Janus case from Logisys Computer. But what if that case is too much for you? What about a somewhat normal case that’s not beige? That’s where the Case-51 case comes in. It offers a standard case, with some flair, and for a good price. Let’s check to see how it made out in our review!
Time to test the performance of this puppy. Not performance per se, but more of temperature checks. For the sake of comparison, I will use the recently reviewed Ultra Wizard’s temps, against the Case-51. The system specs are: AMD 2600+ XP, MSI KT4V-L Mobo, 2 * 512MB DDR400, 2 WD 200GB HDD’s, ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128mb, Lite-on DVD-RW, Lite-on CD-RW and a 400W basic power supply. The results are as follows:
To perform the tests, the computer was left on during normal activity for a few hours. After that point, 3D Mark ’03 was run in a loop of 3 times to heat up the GPU. 3D Mark ’05 was then done, due to boredom, in another loop of 3 to make my 9800 Pro card plead for mercy.
As ‘basic’ as this case may be, it sure kicked ass in the cooling department. The CPU in the Case-51 at the lowest state was 14ÂºC lower than the Ultras lowest state. It easily scored better in all the tests.. I am quite impressed. Since the cooling was so good, I decided to push my overclocking limit higher. I was able to increase the Core and Mem enough to increase my 3D Mark ’03 score by 200 points. However, I won’t list the rates here as it’s not safe on air, which is all I have. I play foolishly.
At first look of this case, I didn’t know if I would like it that much. Being so used to a side window, it’s harder to get used to a case without one. However, to keep things simple and prices relatively low, the windows not there, so that’s a valid reason. Overall, I am very impressed with the case. I would say the price is a little high, but since it comes with a 450W PSU, it’s not so bad.
The cooling is fantastic, and the stylish and sleek alien design is equally impressive. So if you are looking for a great case at a good price, I highly recommend the Case-51 from Logisys. Thanks to Grace from Logisys for sending this to us for review!
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