The rest of the components in
our test fit seemed to go in without problems. The H240 provides four PCI
expansion bays, the IO shield is removeable, and there is sufficient space
(about 10mm) between the motherboard and power supply to install a stock Intel
socket 478 heatsink. A low noise Zalman
CNPS7000A-Cu heatsink would never fit, but
there are plenty of other after market coolers that would be compatible here.
As the power supply exhaust fan
is situation directly over the CPU socket, this should help provide a quick exit
path for warm air to escape the case. If another fan is desired, there is space
for a 60mm fan at the rear of the case, just above the IO ports. Last but not
least, the H420 does a good job of protecting fingers from getting sliced on
sharp edges - which is always nice for the folks installing PCs!
Conclusions on the Aopen H420 Case
Retailing for about $55USD, the Aopen
H420 is a black MicroATX chassis which comes with a
300W Aopen branded power supply installed. Its tool free focus makes
it an easy case to get into, and swap components out of, but that
focus has also lead to a couple oversights.
Of the H420's two 3.5" HDD bays, and two 3.5" FDD bays, at least one of each
type is probably not going to be usable. This will depend on the layout of the
MicroATX motherboard installed, but since the front panel IO headers are
typically placed along the lower front edge of a motherboard PCB, I expect this
to be a universal problem with this case.
This questionability of usage,
makes the Aopen H420 a case with two good 3.5" bays for certain.... not four.
In all other respects,
the Aopen H420 is a fairly good case. Its design is simple, and well thought out
for corporate, educational, or home use. The front bezel comes with a nice
LED illuminated power switch, a HDD stats LED and reset button. The multimedia
ports at the front of the case are a pretty custom feature of brand name PCs,
and we're pleased to see SI cases such as the Aopen H420 following through as
well. Its hidden drives provide a nice clean aesthetic, and its steel
construction feels solid.
Measures to control noise by
employing a thermally controlled fan are welcome, and translate into potential
use as a media center PC chassis. For $55 bucks, the Aopen H420 is a good little
MicroATX case with space enough for at lest two 5.25" CD-ROMs, a 3.5" FDD and
HDD. Whether or not consumers can get any use out of the other two 3.5" bays is up in the
air, however. A small oversight perhaps, but one which certainly costs this case
a couple good marks.