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  Product:     A-Top Z-Alien PC Gaming Server  
  Price:     $185 (CAN) / $140 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     A-Top Technology
  Author:     Shatterstar
  Date:     March 10th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Steve from A-Top Technology for providing the Z-Alien PC Gaming Server for review.

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Introduction:

For any product sold, a big factor on whether or not the product will be successful is the engineering behind the creation. Most products are engineered through research and development as well as quality assurance groups. A product can easily fail in the consumer market if there are too many design flaws. This is predominantly true for pre-modded computer cases due to the lack of after market modification options. A-Top Technology based out of Pomona, CA has recently started marketing a brand new pre-modded computer case designed specifically for the gaming market. Today in MTB Labs we will be examining the Z-Alien PC Game Server Case, a product which combines dazzling aesthetics in an all-in-one pre-modified solution.

Specifications:

The Z-Alien PC Game Server Case is one of six consumer based cases offered by A-Top Technology and is available in six different colour options (Yellow, Orange, Black, Silver, Green and Blue). The construction of all six models is identical with the exception of the colour variation. Here are some specifications taken from the A-Top Technology website:

Z-Alien PC Game Server Case - Key Specifications:
Z-Alien PC Game Server Case: Distributed by A-Top Technology
Case Dimensions: 210mm (W) x 480mm (H) x 530mm (H)
Standard ATX form factor that supports Dual-CPU's
Max. Motherboard size: 12" x 10"
Drive Bays: 11 (4 x 5.25" external, 5 x 3.5" internal, and 2 x 3.5" external)
Expansion Slots: 7
Fans: 3 (1 x 120mm Rear Exhaust, 2 x 80mm Front Intake)
Max. 5 cooling fans could be installed (w/ optional side bracket)
All fans are clear w/ extra bright LEDs built in
Universal ATX I/O Shield included
Front 2 x USB 2.0 ports and Temp probe
Power Supply: with Aluminum 400 watts, 450 watts or 500 watts P4 ready or Mini Redundant PSU
 
Z-Alien PC Game Server Case
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Z-Alien PC Game Server Case
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The Z-Alien PC Game Server Case was shipped in brown coloured corrugated box, with a detailed picture of all the components included on one side. The opposite side featured a picture of the case and all available color options. Upon opening up the box, the case is sealed with protective plastic and secured by two pieces of polystyrene located on the top and bottom.

Z-Alien PC Game Server Case
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Z-Alien PC Game Server Case
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Out of the box, my first impressions of the Z-Alien PC Gaming Server were positive. The case brought me back to my high-school days when the alien symbol was very popular. The Z-Alien PC Gaming Server measures 210mm (W) x 480mm (H) x 530mm (D) and supports all ATX motherboard formats up to a maximum of 12" by 10" in size. The exterior of the case is painted in a metallic silver finish right down to the front bezel. The bezel itself is shaped in an alien head with two big blue eyes.
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