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  Product:     Ahanix Black Knight Mid-Tower Case  
  Price:     $91 (CAN) / $69 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Ahanix
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     March 29th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Louis from Ahanix for providing the Black Knight Mid-Tower Case for review.

Introduction:

New innovations in temperature and system monitoring have been very popular with computer enthusiasts for the ease of use and the ability to monitor a computer's overall performance. Most monitoring devices consist of add-on components and peripherals that must be purchased separately and integrated into an existing configuration. Selecting the right combination of devices can be confusing since there is a large assortment of products available on the market offering different features and options. For consumers looking for an alternative, Ahanix believes it has the answer with a new line economical all-in-one solution based consumer cases. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be taking a look at the new Ahanix Black Knight Mid-Tower Case, a new product that combines temperature monitoring and fan control.

Specifications:

The Black Knight Mid-Tower Case is one of many consumer based cases offered by Ahanix and comes complete with all the functionality found in more expensive models. The specifications of the Black Knight are similar to that of your classic mid-tower case and are generally suited for consumers looking for a complete cooling solution. Here are some of the case specifications taken directly from the Ahanix website:

Black Knight Mid-Tower Case - Key Specifications:
Black Knight Mid-Tower Case: Distributed by Ahanix
Case Dimensions: 200mm (W) x 430mm (H) x 480mm (D)
Weight: 16.2 lbs
Drive Bays: 12 (4 x 5.25" external, 1 x 3.5" external, 7 x 3.5" internal)
Expansion Slots: 7
Chassis: Solid Steel
Form Factors: Full ATX motherboards
Fans: 2 (1 x 120mm front intake, 1 x 120mm rear exhaust)
Universal ATX I/O Shield included
6 Level fan speed control / 3 Channel thermometer
Special Features: Accessories box, dual fron USB, sliding front door
 
Black Knight Mid-Tower Case
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Black Knight Mid-Tower Case
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The Black Knight Mid-Tower Case was shipped in two standard double-walled corrugated boxes with the case manufacturer's logos and images printed on all sides. The packaging inside the box was good with the case sealed in protected plastic with two pieces of polystyrene located on the left and right hand sides.

Black Knight Mid-Tower Case
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Black Knight Mid-Tower Case
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Out of the box, my first impressions of the Black Knight Mid-Tower Case were very positive. The entire construction of the case consists of a steel chassis balanced with black and silver highlights. A futuristic display panel has been integrated in the middle of the bezel design which provides both real time statistics and fan control function. The case measures approximately 200mm (W) x 430mm (H) x 480mm (D) and is very light weight at 16.2 lbs. The Black Knight Mid-Tower Case supports all full ATX based motherboard formats and does not include a power supply as a stock option. One of the highlights of the initial packaging is the excellent kit for the accessories and mounting screws. The kit includes three sets of mounting screws, speaker module, motherboard standoffs, zip ties, Phillips screw driver and a 2 page installation reference sheet.
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