Every month, it seems like a new boy band is formed, another MP has come out, England puts in another poor performance on the football pitch, I'm the butt of another joke in Gordon's news stories and CoolerMaster releases another case.
CoolerMaster releasing cases is never a bad thing, as it has some of the most sought after designs around – so I'm always keen to see what's new. This month, CoolerMaster brings us the iTower 930.
From the front, this case slightly resembles the popular Wavemaster chassis, with a similar wavey aluminium door. However, unlike the wavemaster, the whole front fascia of the case is a door. On the right hand side, part of the door is cut away, to allow the front panel to show through. Here we have the power and reset switches, as well as FireWire, four USB ports, a headphone socket and microphone input.
On this large door, is yet another door - the second smaller door is grilled to allow air flow to the removable hard drive bays behind it. The main door uses magnets to keep it shut, but it does so quite badly. On a flat surface it will stay in place, but there is so little strength in the magnets that on a slight slope, or in a slight breeze, you'll probably find it falling open. As the front bezel is made of plastic, CoolerMaster has put a thin metal plate behind the plastic, so the magnet has to go through the plastic to get to it. If they had just put the metal plates on the outside of the plastic, not only would it keep the door closed, but you'd have the satisfying “click” of metal on metal.
There are four removable hard drive caddys, all SATA. Fitting these requires four screws, but the mounting mechanism doesn't cover the connections at the rear, so you can use it as an external SATA device on another machine. Once the hard drive is fixed to the cage, installation is as easy as sliding it into the front of the case and locking it in to place.
Inside the chassis itself, there is a PCB that all the drives connect to. At the very top are four corresponding SATA connectors for connecting to the motherboard. There are two molex plugs to supply power to the drives. There are also four three pin fan headers on the PCB, so you can plug fans straight into it. This is quite convenient and useful if your motherboard only has a few headers.