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RAIDMAX Scorpio 868
RAIDMAX, a PC case and product manufacturer, has many ATX style cases on the market. We are going to take a look at the Scorpio 868 mini tower. This case is not your high end 200.00 USD case but it appears to be a nice mid range solution for a PC builder or modder. Let's take a closer look and see what makes this case tick.
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Case installations are pretty standard so I will not bore you with how to install the motherboard and such, but I did want to mention some of the extras that are not stocked with all cases.
The front panel has audio inputs and outputs that are connected using your standard headset and mic terminals. The only problem is how to connect them to the sound in the rear of the case. What RAIDMAX has done to fix this is provide a PCI rear port cover with a hole to allow the consumer to connect this with ease. Now this has its pros and cons. The negative part of this is you will not have the use of the rear port, but to be honest you do not really need it if you are using the front. The plus is you can disconnect the cables without opening the case if you chose to use the rear plugs when at home hooked up to your standard speaker systems. The front panel also has the USB and power controls but this is mostly standard. Please do not get worried, however, if you only find one LED hook up. This appears to be the way it is designed. Note that you have a choose to either use this on the Hard Drive LED or the Power LED, either will work. Also note that it is required to hook the front lighting system up to a 4-pin Molex connector. This is due to the power needs of lighting unit on the front panel.
Another nice feature RAIDMAX provides are the clip inserts for the rear PCI slots. This means there are no screws or screwdrivers needed to remove and easy changes of IO cards with this feature.
There are two 80mm fans for removing the heat from the case. These type of fans are very easy to install, they are already in place so all that needs to be done is hooking up the power. RADIMAX chose to use the 4-pin standard Molex connectors. This is a plus for anyone using a motherboard with limited fan ports.
The Scorpio is very similar to the Chen Ming 601 but with some extra style. This unit is the mini ATX and it comes stock with the from strobe lighting. The side window has a 80mm fan built into the z shape and looks great, especially with all the LED fans on. I personally like all the cases of this style and feel RAIDMAX does a fine job of spicing up the overall appearance.
Also note that these cases come in a few different colors to fit any persons personal preference. There is also a full tower model for folks in need of the extra space.
When talking about performance with a case it is most important to discuss the air flow. RAIDMAX provides three 80mm case fans. These all perform well and to specifications. The flow seems to move nicely and keeps the internal air from rising to critical levels. This case also has locations for front intake fans if needed right in front of the hard drive bay. Not a bad idea if you are running multiple drives on a raid for extra cooling
Please note that this case normally comes with a PSU unit but we chose to get one without. The unit it comes with is a 420w RAIDMAX. I really can't say either way how well the unit works but I wanted to mention that most of these cases do come with the PSU unit just in case you are wondering why there are no photos of the UNIT.
From what I have seen thus far the construction and quality of this case is very good, especially when considering the price. Any aluminum case under 60.00 USD is subject to flaws, just due to the price range, but RAIDMAX has made a simple product that performs with solid construction. The only area of concern which I noticed was the front AUDIO/USB panel. It is most likely subjected to usage damage but to be honest, 90% of the cases I have seen have the same risk and the hinges seem ok so we will see how it goes.
Price is great.
Lots of cooling.
Nice color selection.
Lots of room for all drives and any components.
Front USB compartment can be a source of damage in current location.
Only one LED light for motherboard.
If you are looking for a cost effective solution for a solid PC, or a nice new look for that blah beige colored case, then this might be the product for you. We award the RAIDMAX Scorpio our "Blue Ribbon Seal of Approval".
Rating: 5 out of 6 Stars
Review Date: 03/21/05
Reviewer: pr101j (Paul)
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