Cooler Master ATC-101-SX2 Case Review

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Introduction


Aluminum cases are all the rage these days, they are cool looking, light, and better for heat dissipation. There are not many companies which produce high quality aluminum cases, Cooler Master happens to be one of the few. Lian Li also produces high quality aluminum cases but that’s not of concern right now. The Cooler Master ATC-101-SX2 is the matter at hand today, it is Cooler Master’s all aluminum full tower.

This case is made completely of aluminum alloy, its dimensions are 196 x 484 x 527.5 mm, it has 7 expansion slots, 5 5.25″ exposed bays, 1 exposed 3.5″ drive bay and 4 hidden ones. The case comes with some good cooling as well, there are 3 80mm Y.S. Tech fans, one is mounted in the front for the intake, there is one in the back for the exhaust and there is one on the top for a blowhole. Now lets go ahead and take a look at this case and see what it has to offer.

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This case is packaged really well and is really protected, not only is it in a really heavy duty cardboard box but it also has straps around it so that this case has no way out. The inside of the box is also well protected having good thick foam around it so that it is not close to any side of the box so that it would be almost impossible to damage it during shipping. There is also a plastic bag around the case so that the case does not get scratched up during shipping or after you take it out of the box.

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I took the case out of the box and was really impressed I could already tell that this was going to be a great case. The front of the case looks really cool and the brushed aluminum just looks amazing. The case comes with one of the 5.25″ bay covers gone because they are assuming that you will be using something which will fill that space which makes sense, however it is always nice to get them all because if you are going to do some modding you might make a mistake and need an extra one. The top of the case is anodized gray and also looks really nice. There is a cutout for the 80mm blowhole which is pretty good and will allow for a good amount of airflow.


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The back of the case is also really nice for a few reasons, first there is an 80mm exhaust fan which has a really good cutout so that not much of the air is blocked from excess metal like some other cases. The best thing about the back of this case is the fact that it comes with thumbscrews, a lot of them! There are 2 for each side panel and then 5 for to hold the removable motherboard tray in place. Below is also a picture of the side of the case giving you a good idea of what exactly the color and feel of the case would be.

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Both the power and the reset button are really nice, they are both a perfect size so that they are easy to find but not so big that they are ugly. Not only are the buttons cool but I really like that blue LEDs come stock on this case because blue is much better than your standard red, green, or amber LEDs.

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The case comes with another feature which I really love to see come stock on cases these days, front USB ports. This front USB port setup is really nice because it is not just stuck right onto the case its behind a little door so that it looks a lot cleaner. All you have to do is push on the top of the little door and it will pop out and lay flat so that you can plug your USB device into the front of your case, saving you time and energy.