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  Product:     Nikao Ogre Mid-Tower Gaming Case  
  Price:     $80 (CAN) / $60 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Nikao/Tradex
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     August 14th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Jeffrey from Tradex Information Technology Incorporation for sending the Nikao Ogre Mid-Tower Gaming Case for review.

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Introduction:

Pre-modified computer cases have gained in popularity for budget conscience consumers wishing to stretch the all mighty dollar. While price may be the motivating factor for purchasing a cheaper case, there are several other considerations that should influence a purchasing decision. Regardless of price a case should contain expansion capability to house current computer components and future upgrades as well as provide good stock cooling options for controlling system temperatures. A good case should have a solid built chassis and provide good aesthetics to differentiate from a standard beige case. In the past at MTB, we have explored several economical pre-modified cases targeted specifically for the consumer market. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the latest budget gaming mid-tower released by Nikao marketed as the Ogre Mid-Tower Gaming Case.

Specifications:

The Ogre Mid-Tower Gaming Case is a pre-modified mid-tower case that incorporates several modifications and is available in two colour selections (Black and Silver). The case is priced under $80 CDN and is an all-in-one solution for users looking for a complete package. Here are some specifications taken directly from the Tradex Information Technology website:

Nikao Ogre Mid-Tower Gaming Case - Key Specifications:
Ogre Mid-Tower Gaming Case: Manufactured by Tradex Information Technology
Dimension: 480mm (L) x 250mm (W) x 560mm (H)
Weight: 25 lbs
Construction: 0.7MM SECC Steel Metal
Main Board Size: ATX Form Factor 12.50" x 10" or Smaller
Hard Drive & Power LEDS: Included
Number of slots: 7
Power Supply: N/A
Fans Mounts: 3 (1 x 120mm front intake, 1 x 120mm rear exhaust, 1 x 80mm side intake)
External Bays Available: 12 (4 x 5.25" (external), 2 x 3.5" (external), and 6 x 3.5" (internal)
Front USB & Audio: 2 x USB 2.0 / Sound Audio Port / IEEE 1394 Included
Special Features: Pre-modified side panel window and CPU Air Flow Fan Duct

Nikao Ogre Mid-Tower Gaming Case
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Nikao Ogre Mid-Tower Gaming Case
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The Nikao Ogre Mid-Tower Gaming Case was shipped in a standard white and green double-walled corrugated box 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.

Nikao Ogre Mid-Tower Gaming Case
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Nikao Ogre Mid-Tower Gaming Case
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Out of the box, my first impressions of the Nikao Ogre Mid-Tower Gaming Case were very mixed. The best way to describe the aesthetic appeal of this case is CasEdge Diabolic Minotaur meets Alienware. There is a clear indication that design elements from both companies have been used in the design of the Ogre Mid-Tower Gaming Case. The case measures approximately 480mm (L) x 250mm (W) x 560mm (H) and is light weight at 25 lbs. The Ogre has been designed to support all full ATX motherboard formats with a maximum size of 12.50" x 10" or smaller. The entire exterior has been painted black with a decent car show finish and the composition of the case is made up of a light weight Steel chassis combined with formed plastic parts. The case does not include a power supply in order to keep the price down but consumers can pick up any compatible unit from local retailers suited for their particular configuration. The Nikao Ogre Mid-Tower Gaming Case includes a small assortment of accessories which includes metal PCI slot brackets, motherboard stand-offs, mounting screws, case feet and an ATX I/O panel.
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