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  Product:     Cooler Master Cavalier 2 CAV-T02 Case  
  Price:     $136 (CAN) / $110 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Cooler Master
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     October 25th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Lucy from Cooler Master for providing the Cooler Master Cavalier 2 CAV-T02 Case for review.

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Introduction:

Desktop enclosures have been revitalized thanks to the popularity of the Home Theatre PC market. One of the advantages that standard desktops offer over traditional mid-tower cases is the ability to minimize space requirements and at the same time bundle all the essentials required to assemble a complete system. For the HTPC enthusiast, there is a wide variety of off the shelf parts that can be assembled together to create a HTPC system. In the past, case selection has been slim but recently there have been a few designs released to the consumer market that add functionality and dazzling aesthetics. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the Cavalier 2 CAV-T02, a brand new HTPC style enclosure developed by Cooler Master.

Specifications:

The Cavalier 2 CAV-T02 Case is a second generation HTPC style enclosure that is marketed under Cooler Master's analog meter series. Consumers have the option of selecting two different colour formats in both black and silver. The Cavalier 2 CAV-T02 Case is AMD and P4 certified and comes bundled with a 300w power supply. Here are some of the specifications taken directly from the Cooler Master website:

Cooler Master Cavalier 2 CAV-T02 Case - Key Specifications:
Cooler Master Cavalier 2 CAV-T02 Case: Manufactured by Cooler Master
Dimension: 420 mm x 438 mm x 135 mm (D x W x H)
Material: Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis
Main Board: ATX; 12
Drive Bays: 5 (2 x 5.25" external, 2 x 3.5" external, 1 x 3.5" internal)
Power Supply: Proprietary PS2;300W
Fans: 2 (1 x 80 mm front, 2 x 60mm rear)
Embedded with famous Musketeer's Audio Sound Pressure device that its analog dial swings along with sound, just like legacy amplifiers
Tool-free assembly/disassembly for quick and convenient maintenance or upgrade
Dual-curve front bezel design
Special Features: Front dual USB, Microphone and Headphone ports
 
Cooler Master Cavalier 2 CAV-T02 Case
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Cooler Master Cavalier 2 CAV-T02 Case
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The Cooler Master Cavalier 2 CAV-T02 Case was shipped in a colourful standard double-walled corrugated box with the case manufacturer's logos and images printed on all sides. The packaging inside the box was excellent with the case sealed in protected plastic with two pieces of polystyrene located on the left and right hand sides.

Cooler Master Cavalier 2 CAV-T02 Case
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Cooler Master Cavalier 2 CAV-T02 Case
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My first impressions of the Cooler Master Cavalier 2 CAV-T02 Case after removing the packaging were extremely positive. Out of the box the case speaks volumes in terms of aesthetics and craftsmanship borrowing elements from Cooler Master's Wave Master design. The case measures approximately 420mm (D) x 438mm (W) x 135 mm (H) and supports all mATX and Full ATX motherboard formats. The entire exterior is silver coloured with the main focus on the front bezel design which has been accented with blue and chrome highlights. The front bezel is very stylish with a great retro stereo component type look that is replicated from left to right. One of the highlights of the Cooler Master Cavalier 2 CAV-T02 Case is the inclusion of a 60's style analog meter. The analog meter by default can be connected to the audio output of any sound card which will measure the overall sound level. Below the analog meter is an oversize chrome power button and LED indicators for Power and HD activity.
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