Another chassis that Chieftec released as part of its lineup update is called the HC-10B-OP and belongs to the Elox series. It also corresponds to the level of the budget class of cases and behind its quite nice appearance is hidden a rather old design of the supporting frame. As usual, we will try to cover all the details in more detail in this review.
|Type of shell||Midi-Tower|
|Dimensions, mm||420 (H) x 185 (W) x 450 (D)|
|Material||Steel (0.6 mm), plastic|
|Form Factor||ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX|
|Devices 3.5″ external||1|
|Devices 3.5″ / 2.5″ internal||4 / 1 (one 3.5″ drive can be installed instead of a 2.5″ drive)|
|Supported number of expansion slots||7|
|Fans||front – 1 x 80 / 92 / 120 mm (optional)
rear – 1 x 80 / 92 / 120 mm (optional)
|Interface connectors||1 x USB Type C (480 Mbps), 2 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, 3.5mm mic-in and headphone-out|
|Recommended cost, $||40|
Packing and scope of delivery
The chassis is shipped to the market in a regular cardboard box, which shows a three-quarter view of the chassis front and back. On the sides of the package you can find logistics information, chassis model and the presence (or absence of a power supply). Protection against damage during transportation is provided by two foam dampers and a plastic bag. There are no carrying handles.
The entire set of delivery is placed in a small plastic bag. Here are the following details:
- three plastic centering stands for the motherboard;
- four small screws for 3.5″ hard drives;
- seven case screws for expansion cards and power supply;
- six metal racks for the motherboard;
- 14 small screws for motherboard and 2.5″ and 5.25″ drives.
As mentioned above, the front panel of the case looks pretty decent. It is made of black plastic with a texture similar to brushed metal. The panel is completely flat and has no holes. In the upper right part there is a system start button, a little lower there are three 5.25″ bays and one 3.5″ bay, closed with solid plugs.
If you look closely at the start button, it turns out that around it there is a flip-down door on magnets, and a dot indicator of drive activity is hidden on top. Under the panel there is one USB Type C port (do not flatter yourself, only 480 Mbps, analogous to USB 2.0), two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 connectors, two more 3.5 mm microphone and headphone outputs, and a button system reset.
On both faces of the front panel, lattice holes are made at the bottom. The left door also has a ventilation grill, which is located opposite the location of the processor and video card. The sidewall is held on by two knurled screws, removed towards the rear.
On the reverse side of the left sidewall there are semicircular stiffening ribs. There is nothing more interesting here.
The right side is solid. It is also held in place by thumb screws. This panel is removed towards the back.
There is nothing unusual on the reverse side of the right panel.
The top panel is solid. There will always be something to put or put.
Behind everything looks standard. At the top is a seat for the power supply, which can only be oriented with the fan down. Below are seven PCI expansion slots covered with disposable plugs. In the middle of the back panel there is a rounded grille, on which one 80, 92 or 120 mm fan can be mounted.
There are four plastic feet on the bottom, no rubber pads.
A hole was made in the bottom of the front panel for its dismantling and some more ventilation holes. The height of the legs is 7 mm.
Let’s look at the internal structure of the case.