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iStar Nitro AX Full Tower Computer Case Review

iStar Nitro AX Full Tower Computer Case Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The iStar Nitro AX case has a honeycomb vented side panel that meshes up with an internal fan duct to provide a cool air source directly to the CPU fan.
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External Mfg. Website: istar Feb 03 2007   Max Page  
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Exterior Case Features

The left side panel features a lockable latch mechanism and two sets of honeycomb ventilation grills that match up with the internal fan duct. To get into the case, all you need to do is twist the thumbscrews that permanently hold the side panels on, and release the hand latch. Below the door latch is the lock, it's the same sort of cheap computer case lock that every manufacturer uses to restrict entrance to the inside of the PC. Like most cases of this general design, the door unlocks and swings out towards the front until it disengages from the chassis. This makes it really easy to open up the the iStar Nitro AX to tinker around inside, whilst putting the door off to one side.


A catch slides forward to release the panel off the iStar Nitro AX chassis. Though it is difficult to see here, there are two honeycomb vents punched into the panel. The first is just above the videocards, the second behind the silver vent detail. This upper vent is where the fan duct connects to, bringing cool air into the CPU fan intake. The Nitro AX stands 21.5" tall, and is 19" deep.

The four plastic feet that support the case rotate outwards if more stability is desired. At the rear of the iStar Nitro AX case, and just above the PCI bracket is a 120mm exhaust fans with an added benefit. This fan can scale up its speed as internal case temperatures rise because it has a thermistor sensor attached to the motor. It is positioned directly behind where the CPU typically is.


The rear of the iStar Nitro AX chassis with its 120mm exhaust fan and multi-sized opening for power supplies. To get the plastic front bezel off so you can install a 120mm fan of your own is a bit tricky. There are three tabs on each side, and these are accessible only when the both side panels are removed. Be thorough, and take your time finding them tabs, the bezel will remove easily once they are released and otherwise you may damage it. Four long screws permanently affix the 120mm fan to the chassis, but there is no power connection in the vicinity so you will have to use a molex splitter cable to sort that one out.

The 120mm fan is attached to the frame with standard fan mount screws, and this is a bit odd given all the other components in the case geared towards a reduction in noise. We had expected this rear exhaust fan to be mounted on vibration absorbing rubber posts, just as the hard drives are, to decrease the impact motor vibrations may have on the chassis. The 120mm fan moves air through a honeycomb vents, which are said to be among the best punched metal style in terms of air turbulence.


The thermally controlled 120mm rear exhaust fan, and quick release mechanism for attaching the PCI brackets. The fan plugs into a free Molex power connector. At right is the case intrusion sensor - basically a switch which is 'open' when the case side panel is removed.

The rear motherboard I/O shied is replaceable, so the custom I/O shields that come with motherboards can quickly be popped in place. Likewise, the iStar Nitro AX case accomodates standard power supplies, and hot swapping redundant units. The inner mounting plate is removed for the latter variety of power supply. The right side of the case (when the front bezel is facing you) is completely featureless and there is no reason to take that side panel off unless you need to also remove the front bezel and do a dusting. Let's take a look inside the iStar Nitro AX case next...

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Contents of Article: istar Nitro AX
 Pg 1.  iStar Nitro AX Full Tower Computer Case Review
 Pg 2.  Front Bezel and Drive Bay Accommodations
 Pg 3.  — Exterior Case Features
 Pg 4.  Internal Case Features
 Pg 5.  Motherboard and Peripheral Installation
 Pg 6.  Conclusions on this iStar Chassis

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