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AOpen A600 Aluminum ATX Case Review

AOpen A600 Aluminum ATX Case Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The thing I like most about AOpen products is that they rely on good ole workmanship to sell their wares, instead of relying on cheap gimmicks.
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External Mfg. Website: Aopen Sep 25 2005   Max Page  
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Tool free Design and ease of use

The motherboard tray is fixed in place, but perhaps in their next revision of this case AOpen will consider adding a slide out motherboard tray... It's always a bit easier to install or tinker with a motherboard when you can remove it from the case altogether. Of course, the case is very spacious and you shouldn't have any problems installing a full size Pentium 4 or AthlonXP/64 motherboard here.

For those of you who require a lot of HDD space you'll be happy to hear that the A600 has six internal HDD racks which should be more than enough for even a die hard enthusiast. There are also two open 3 1/2" drive bays for floppy/zip drives, as well as four open 5 1/4" drive bays.

On that note AOpen has devised a clever way of installing HDD's and optical drives. The case comes with two packs of special screws for both types of thread pitches, and as you can see below there is a small collar on each screw. With just two screws needed per device, there is less effort required (no longer do we need four screws for every single device in the case!) to install something. While you still have to use screws to mount a HDD, instead of screwing the drive to the case you simply slide the drive along a set of rails till the two special screws are locked into place with a spring clip.

You use the same method to install optical drives, and I have to say this is a rather ingenious. The blue dots on the threads of each screw is Locktite, which keeps them from coming loose by accident after they have been installed.

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Contents of Article: Aopen A600
 Pg 1.  AOpen A600 Aluminum ATX Case Review
 Pg 2.  Ease of use
 Pg 3.  — Tool free Design and ease of use
 Pg 4.  Low Noise Cooling Fan Controls
 Pg 5.  Really easy to install, and looks good too

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