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Review: Tuniq Freezing Storm Computer Case
Written by Samuknow   
Thursday, 31 January 2008 22:34
Article Index
Review: Tuniq Freezing Storm Computer Case
Packaging and Exterior
Interior and Installation
Testing
Conclusion
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ImageToday we will be looking at a new computer case from Sunbeamtech.com called the Freezing Storm. The case is sleek and has very clean lines. Inside it sports a set of 120 mm core fans and a tool less design. This case comes in silver or black. We will be looking at the black version today. 

 

Specifications:
 

Color Black
Silver
Drive Bays 5.25" Drives Bays x 5
3.5" Drives Bays x 5 ( External x 2 + Internal x 3 )
Front I/O Port USB 2.0 x 2 + Audio + Microphone
Chassis Dimension H 451mm x W 200mm x D 430mm
Side Window Acrylic Side Window ( Optional )
Tool-Free Kits CD-ROM
Floppy
Hard Disk
Expansion Cards
Weight N. W. 7.2 kg
G. W. 8.5 kg


The Packaging and Exterior

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The case arrived in the  retail box. The box was adorned with images of the case as well as some information of what is to be found inside. The box seemed quite large and when I picked it up, I was pleasantly surprised by the weight of it. At least this was not going to be a flimsy cheap case judging by the weight. I opened the box to find the case protected by plastic and dense white foam. It seemed to be well protected from damage and my expectations were upheld when none was found.

 

 

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This case  is quite a beauty to behold. With clean lines, the front bezel sports louvers from top to bottom. There are 5 external 5 1/4” drive bays and 2 external 3 1/2” drive bays, all displaying the same louvers as the bezel. The power and reset buttons are nice and clean as well. The rectangular buttons are surrounded by blue light when powered up. The front panel I/O ports consist of a mic, headphone, and 2 USB ports (located on the side of the bezel under a small door). Though this keeps the front of the case nice and clean, some users may find this a little cumbersome.

 

 

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Our review sample came with a side window. The plexi is quite thick and designed very well, with holes were drilled into the panel to allow air to pass through to the optional 80 or 120 mm fans (should you choose to add them).

The back of the case is nothing out of the ordinary. If you look closely however, you will see the tool-less retention brackets on the 7 expansion slots. There is also a 120mm clear fan mounted for exhaust. This could serve as a mounting place for a radiator for all those water cooling buffs out there. 


 

Interior and Installation

The first things I noticed after taking off the side panel were the tool-less brackets all along the front bays of the case. This will be my first case to have tool-less drive mounting. I then notice there are 2 120mm fans ,mounted on a center bracket, that when powered up will circulate air across the vital components in your system (this is something the over-clockers have been doing for years). We will test later to see how much of a difference it makes.  Here is a closer look at the drive cage and drive locks. Our unit also came with a 450 watt power supply installed. 

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Next, the hardware was installed. I was very anxious to see how the tool-less design worked. I went ahead and put the HDD brackets on my drive. The brackets just push into the screw holes on the side of the drive before sliding the drive and rails into the drive bay until you hear a “click”. Nice and secure. This case comes with 3 pairs of drive rails.

After mounting the HDD, I moved to the DVD Burner.  I popped off the top drive bay cover and slid my DVD Burner drive into place. After it was in place I moved the bracket forward and then slid the lock down. It was that easy.

To install the main board, I had to remove the bracket for the core fans. The board installs as it would in any other case.  After the board was in, it was time to install the video card. I opened the card lock on the expansion slot and installed the card. A quick flick of the lock and the card was held securely in place. No more dropping screws or stripped screw holes. I then reinstalled the core fans. Here is a look with everything installed.

 

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Testing

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We will do a quick run to see how much of a difference the core fans make on temps.

I started the computer up and loadedinto windows. I then loaded up folding at home, (go team 45) and let it run at 100% for about an hour.  

The first run was made with the fans installed but not running. The second run was made with the fans running. As you can see, the CPU and board temps dropped a couple of degrees with the fans on. This could be enough to get a few more points out of that over clock.

What you also may notice is the CPU fan speed is higher with the core fans off. The fan is working harder trying to keep the CPU cool. This could have an adverse affect on noise levels. The core fans are practically silent. I honestly could not tell when they were on or off by listening.



Conclusion

 

Overall I really like this case. It is very clean looking and very well built.  There is also plenty of room for your gear and even room for a water cooling setup. This case will only set you back about 60 bucks. At that price, you can't go wrong. It looks and feels like a case that would cost twice as much.

I would highly recomend this case to anyone, especially if you want that expensive case look without dropping a lot of cash. Thanks to Derek at Sunbeamtech.com for sending this sample.

PROS                                                                CONS

Great Looks                                                      Not Free :)

Side Window                                                    Holes in side panel obstruct view

Core Fan Cooling                                              No fire wire port in front panel

Rear 120mm Fan

Tool Less design

Low Cost 

 

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