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Coolermaster ATC-410 Aluminum Rackmount Server Case Review

Coolermaster ATC-410 Aluminum Rackmount Server Case Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: onsumer interest in aluminum computer cases has skyrocketed to heights never before seen, but as recent as last year aluminum cases were prohibitively expensive. The reasons why prices have fallen so steadily revolve around manufacturing volumes, competition between companies, and improvements in design.
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External Mfg. Website: Coolermaster Jul 11 2002   Max Page  
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Drive Bays and Inside the Case

After the case comes out of its box and you've had a moment to marvel at its appearance the true test comes when you set out to install components and actually build your new PC system. The Coolermaster ACS-410 may look great from the outside, but falls flat on the user friendly front with a utter lack of ease of use. Drives are difficult to install, the kind of screws you must use in certain locations are fairly critical, and moving the big case when loaded up with weighty parts is uncomfortable because of the sharp aluminum handles. In short, it's a bit of a disaster.


Removing the drive bays means undoing 4 small hex screws for each. Since there are no little handles to pull the drive bays free of the case once that's done, the side panel must also be taken off to push each bay out .

This is the optical drive bay. There are three 5.25" bays available for optical drives or other devices and each aluminum bay cover is held by two screws. A lack of horizontal supports mean the drives can slide around in the frame and easily be mounted off kilter.

The final kick in the balls is that you have to use low profile flat head screws to install a CDROM into this drive bay. The standard dome head or hex-head computer case screws will hit the sides of the ATC-410 case as you slide the drive bay back into position!!


With both drive bays open the Coolermaster ATC-410 case looks pretty open and inviting... it really isn't. Located in the center space are a pair of 80mm intake fans, the power button and power/HDD indicator LEDs.

The hard drive bays supports four 3.5" devices. The aluminum mesh is too thin and too soft so it bends just by the touch of fingers or errant screw driver. The metal could have been a little more robust here.

The satisfying power switch and status indicator LEDs at the front of the Coolermaster ATC-410 case.

The lock to shut the front aluminum door of this case. The thin aluminum mesh bends really easily so be very careful around it.

Two 80mm intake fans at the front of the Coolermaster ATC-410 case are loud. Add two 80mm exhaust fans at the back and a 120mm intake fan in front of the hard drives and this case gets really loud.

The power supply bay requires you to install this silly little steel flange on the power supply first, then slide the entire assembly into the case and affix it with four very small countersunk screws (make sure the bracket is oriented properly first!!) or the side panels will not close. Coolermaster couldn't have made the otherwise good looking ATC-410 more complicated if they tried. Arrgh.

An support for the power supply may need to be adjusted so that it does not block the large intake fan on modern power supplies. Here you can see the vents are blocked by the hanger in the second position.

The exhaust fans are protected from errant wires with nice wire fan grills.

Installing peripherals isn't too problematic thanks to a cut out in the aluminum frame so the screws can be accessed.

Conclusions: Nice but a Difficult to Install Case?

These days computer cases can be modified and personalized like never before. Only a few years ago, the only colour a computer came in was beige, the only metal, heavy steel. High end case design and case modding is big business and unfortunately it's quickly moving out of the realm of the average PC builder. When it comes to high end cases CoolerMaster is right up there with the big boys. I'm sure that anyone who has played with their cases will agree, CoolerMaster's quality is generally top notch.

The front of the Coolermaster ATC-410 case looks very elegant. Beyond that the stunning look starts to fall short once you begin installing a PC system into this heap of aluminum sheet metal. The screws to access the drive bays are tiny and you must use and allen key, the drive bays don't come out easily and if you install an optical drive with the wrong kind of screw the whole bay won't slide back into place! The motherboard tray does use steel thread inserts, which is good, but other high traffic areas like the power supply are tricky to install.

On the inside, the Coolermaster ATC-410 case is cramped, which is surprising for such a large case. There are sharp edges if you're not careful, but mostly it's the tiny space allotted to the motherboard that makes it difficult to rapidly build a system or troubleshoot it down the road. Internal temperatures may be kept nice and cool thanks to the ATC-410's five cooling fans, but that adds up to a heck of a lot of noise. There are two 80mm intake fans in the front, two 80mm rear exhaust fans and one 120mm drive bay fan.

There's not much to complain about the look of the Coolermaster ATC-410 case - we really liked it at first glance. The problems pop up one after the other when using it, and that's where the case starts to lose it lustre.

With a retail price of $340CDN ($340USD there is just too much to compromise going on with the CoolerMaster ATC-410 case. It pains us to say this, but you'll be better of spending your hard earned money on another case that's easier to install, upgrade, fix and in any respect just live with than a pretty piece of aluminum that totally lacks user friendliness. Sorry Coolermaster, this time we're taking a pass on the ATC-410 aluminum case.

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