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At the very rear of the case there is a mount for another 120mm fan, which is included. Finding specifications for this fan was nigh on impossible, but when powered up it produced very little noise and pushed an adequate amount of air.
The general construction of the chassis is excellent – strength and weight are certainly not an issue here. Thumb screws hold the blanking plates in place, making this case almost completely screw free.
The case doesn’t come with a power supply, but one is easily fitted by removing the plate at the rear of the case. The motherboard tray is also completely removable – two quick release tabs are all that holds you back from sliding the tray out.
Similar to previous stackers, it has a cage supporting up to four hard drives. This takes up three of the nine 5.25in bays and can be fitted anywhere from top to bottom. At the front of this cage, a 120mm fan is mounted. The fan is identical to the rear fan, but has four blue LED’s and is translucent. For some reason there’s a grille on the fan, despite it being completely inaccessible by even the smallest fingers and all it really does is hinder air flow.
If four hard drives isn’t enough for you, there are another six 5.25in bays available – so by use of an adapter, hard drives could be fitted here. One adapter is provided, but this is with the intention of fitting a floppy disk drive. Fitting optical drives is an easy affair with a screwless system – drives lock in to place by simply pushing a plastic tab. We managed to break one of ours when attempting to fit an optical drive, so the system is not faultless. Although the drives stay in place, there’s a certain amount of wobble, which can manifest itself as vibrations when using an optical drive.
Cooler Master supports the new BTX standard too and all the required ducts are supplied if you wanted to build such a system.
At the top of the case is room for yet another 120mm, which could also double up as an area to fit a radiator for a water cooling kit. In fact, Cooler Master will be selling conversion kits for its own line of water coolers.
The Cooler Master Stacker 830 is an attractive, solidly built chassis that would make a good basis for any machine. At £173.84 though, this is a lot of money for a case. On the up side, this case is built to last and with support for BTX it could house your components for years to come. If you have the money, it may well be a wise investment.
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