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Having only attended one LAN Party, I guess the Ammo 533 case from Cooler Master isn’t really for me. However, for anyone that’s looking for a case that’s reasonably easy to transport, but can still take full size components, the Ammo 533 might be what they’re looking for. Made out of mild steel it’s quite sturdy and is more robust than aluminium. The chequerboard effect and the black and silver colour scheme is funky but it’s definitely a matter of taste. It doesn’t really work for me though.
Cooler Master has riveted a heavy duty carry handle to the top of the case, which really helps if you want to carry your PC around with you. Rather than using the regular flimsy plastic feet that most cases have Cooler Master has fitted four rather oversized rubber feet. These could easily take a knock or two and will also help reduce any vibration from the case.
The left hand side of the case is vented by two large mesh grills, but there’s no option for adding a fan here. A plastic ledge runs alongside the bottom edges of the case. It doesn’t have any real function but does add to the overall look of the case. The bottom of the front fascia features three air ducts, with the largest one in the middle. All of them have dust filters but only the one in the middle can be taken out easily for cleaning purposes.
It’s quite easy to remove the front on the Ammo 533; just yank it forward and it comes off. There are no wires or cables attached to the front to worry about, which is rather unusual for a case. This is because the power and reset buttons as well as the power and hard drive LEDs are located at the top of the case. These buttons are large, and round and simply scream “press me”. For this reason they have plastic protective covers that swivel around to prevent the buttons so no one switches off your machine at the LAN party for a lark. One of the covers fell off the case though when I took the case out of the box, but it was easy to pop back on.
At the bottom right hand side of the case there are two USB 2.0 ports, a single six-pin FireWire port and a headphone and microphone socket. These audio ports can be used with motherboards featuring either AC97 or HD audio connectors due to the case having connectors for each. If neither of these works there’s even the option for connecting it up with separate wires.