- Page 1 Acousti Products AcoustiCase C6607 Review
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- Review Price: £100.00
If you’re planning on getting a new PC or upgrading your current one, how much thought have you given to the case? Most people don’t really care about the case as long as it is not too ugly, but there is another factor that’s worth considering – noise. You might be wondering how the choice of case can reduce noise and to be honest, in most instances there’s very little difference in acoustics.
However, the AcoustiCase is supplied with special noise dampening padding to reduce the amount of sound pollution in your home or office. Insulation of this type is nothing new as it has been available from companies such as Akasa for a good couple of years. But what makes the AcoustiCase special is that all the padding is pre-cut to fit the case. The downside is that you still have to fit it yourself.
The C6607 is the larger of two cases in the AcoustiCase range and offers plenty of space for expansion. It is somewhat similar to Chieftec’s tower cases in terms of general design, but there are several key differences. The external design is fairly plain and the C6607 is hardly stylish, but it is very functional.
One thing that could be improved on is the front reset button, as it’s tiny and really hard to press. Personally I would also prefer to have the USB 2.0, FireWire and audio ports moved to the top rather than at the bottom behind the flap where they now reside. The internal FireWire connector could also do with being changed to the Intel spec connector as the one supplied has to be connected to a standard six-pin FireWire port which is rarely fitted to motherboards.
Opening the case is easy and the two thumb screws around the back won’t get lost since they stay attached to the side panel. There are also two latches that lock the side panel in place and the top latch can be locked with a set of supplied keys. Internally the AcoustiCase is spacious and will take all but the largest of workstation motherboards.
Fitting drives is simple, with removable drive cages for the 3.5in drives while the 5.25in drives only need to be screwed in from one side. The hard drive cage features small rubber pads and a set of special screws to accommodate this. The rubber pads help to prevent vibration and noise to spread from the hard drives into the chassis.
In terms of cooling, a 120mm fan can be installed in both the front and the rear which is still a rare sight. A removable dust filter is also fitted at the front to reduce the amount of dust sucked through the case. All the necessary screws are supplied as well as a small booklet describing how to install all the components, which is something that would be nice to see with more cases.
As already mentioned, what makes this case special is the noise reduction padding. The padding comes with very basic installation instructions and this is a real shame as it’s a bit fiddly to fit all the different pieces into place. You can however, find more detailed online instructions here, that makes things far easier.