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  Product:     Nikao Dragonfire Mid-Tower Gaming Case  
  Price:     $76 (CAN) / $65 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Nikao/Tradex
  Author:     Skaal-Tel
  Date:     November 23rd, 2005
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star

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

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Introduction:

The roots of case modification have come full circle compared to a few years ago when intrepid modders dared to modify a standard beige case for aesthetics and performance. Today there are literally thousands of variations of pre-modified cases available in the consumer market. Some designs incorporate fancy windows, flashy lights and good chassis design while others are really not worth your time or money. Since 1998, Tradex Information Technology has been the sole distributor Nikao brand cases in North America. The company has changed direction in the style and detailing of their case product line marketing directly to the gaming community. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the latest budget gaming mid-tower released by Nikao marketed as the Dragonfire Gaming Case.

Specifications:

The Nikao Dragonfire Mid-Tower Gaming Case is compatible with all mATX/ATX based motherboards. The case features a sexy grill and metal design, available in both black and in silver. Here are some specifications taken directly from the Tradex Information Technology website:

Nikao Dragonfire Mid-Tower Gaming Case - Key Specifications:
Nikao Dragonfire Mid-Tower Gaming Case: Manufactured by Tradex Information Technology
Dimension: 488mm (L) x 200mm (W) x 425mm (H)
Weight: 25 lbs
Construction: 0.8MM SECC Steel Metal
Main Board Size: ATX Form Factor 12" x 10.5" Or Smaller
Mounting Kits, Hard Drive & Power LEDs: Included
Number of slots: 7
Power Supply: N/A
Fans Mounts: 3 (1 x 120mm front intake, 1 x 80mm/120mm rear exhaust, 1 x 120mm side intake)
External Bays Available: 10 (4 x 5.25" (external), 2 x 3.5" (external), and 4 x 3.5" (internal)
Front USB & Audio: 2 x USB 2.0 and Sound Audio Port Included
Special Features: Pre-modified side panel window and LCD Controller Panel(Optional)

Nikao Dragonfire Mid-Tower Gaming Case
Nikao Dragonfire packaging
 
The Nikao Dragonfire Mid-Tower Gaming Case was shipped in a colourful black and white double-walled corrugated box with the case manufacturer's logos and images printed on all sides. The case itself was protected with the usual plastic bag and top and bottom foam pieces, as well as pieces for the front, back and sides and a paper cover to preserve the paint finish. The door itself is also shrink-wrapped. It will definetely take some effort to ruin one of these cases in shipping.

Nikao Dragonfire Mid-Tower Gaming Case
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Nikao Dragonfire Mid-Tower Gaming Case
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Out of the box, my first impressions of the Dragonfire Mid-Tower Gaming Case were very good. The Dragonfire has a certain flair and the front and side mesh construction is really cool. Essentially the window and door are made of mesh on a plastic or metal frame, with the silver bits attached via screws passed through the mesh. The opposite side and top of the case is a plain gloss black, not mirror quality, but still very good. No power supply is included, allowing the end user to choose your own. The Dragonfire Mid-Tower Gaming Case measures approximately 488mm (L) x 200mm (W) x 425mm (H) and weighs 25 lbs.

Nikao Dragonfire Mid-Tower Gaming Case
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Nikao Dragonfire Mid-Tower Gaming Case
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The door has a slot cutout for the 2nd from the top 5.25" bay, making for easy access to either your favourite optical drive or to a fan controller such as the optional Nikao LCD controller I recieved with the case. The door has 3 magnets on it, matching the 3 on the case to make a good solid connection. Opening the door is still easy and presents no risk of tearing the front of the case off. Also, while the mesh is tighter knit on the front of case to retain a certain level of opacity and durability, it still provides sufficient airflow for the provided 120mm fan.

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