Here is txtmstrjoe's Judge's Report for the recently-concluded S939 Appreciation Club-exclusive Case Management Contest.
txtmstrjoe's Miscellaneous Thoughts on the Contest
- 3rd place = WaveMaster (1 pt)
Likes: I love that there's a lot to say about this machine. Very well done mods, especially the LCD screen. The case itself also looks very good aesthetically, particularly when the lights are on. The face of the case looks very sleek and modern; I like the combination of circles and rectangles, and how it reminds me of a certain school of architectural design. The color scheme of the lights (green and blue) might seem like they would clash, but as executed they look very good together and complement each other. The silver of the case itself gives you the impression that here is one high-tech case.
Dislikes: Not a lot to dislike with this case, to be honest. Its one "weakness" might be the cable management, but you don't really see it all that much; the builder did an excellent job hiding most of the cables from view. Furthermore, the rig has got so much inside it in terms of mods and functional pieces, which means that there's a ton of wiring to try to hide/manage. The builder did a great job choosing his photos' angles to make sure that the cables aren't the focal point.
General thoughts: My only big gripe, really, has to do with some graininess with the some of the photos. But as for the case itself and its execution, it's a primo job. It's clear that the builder, Soundx98, put so much effort into this contribution to the contest. Bravo!
- 2nd Place = Pr0j3ct Tux3d0 (2 pts)
Likes: Color scheme. I love how the name and the color scheme work together. Black and white is probably the most stark color combination possible, and the builder did a great job of choosing how and where to paint the white. The all-black interior is also a great decision, as it makes whatever is inside the case pop out in photographs. I also love how the cables are done; they look simultaneously like a technological object as well as something organic. (I might have to borrow/steal the cable loom idea someday; that's how much I like it and how it's executed.) The three photographs chosen were also excellent for the angles and what they show the viewer.
Dislikes: The only thing that bugs me about this case is that translucent blue Zalman fan controller. It does not belong anywhere on a black and white case. A minor gripe can be made about the mismatching colors of the HDD holders (white) and the PCI slot cover latches and front bay device lockdowns (light blue); for a truly color-coordinated look, I would have done these all in one color (either all white or all blue). I mean, the HDD holders were already painted; why not go the extra mile and do the other plastic pieces in the same color?
General thoughts: This is the only case that received "final three" votes from all the judges. I think this speaks very highly of this case. It's really very well done and is obviously a source of pride for its builder.
- 1st Place = SR-1 (3 pts)
Likes: Clean, clean, clean. Superbly chosen photos and angles show off this case's strengths: Strong color coordination is very eye-catching (look at how the satin black of the case makes the case interior with its yellows and greens just pop out on the side profile photo); cable management for such a full-featured rig is stylish -- it's a busy and full rig, but the way the cables are arrayed they don't jar the eye; I love the intentional "special effects" in the photos of the monitor's reflection on the case window as well. The combination of great photo selections and a great subject make this a pleasure to look at.
Dislikes: To be perfectly honest, this was such a strong entry with a great selection of photos, it was a very easy selection for my first place vote. The only thing I'd change: I'd submit only one photo of the monitor's reflection on the case window.
General thoughts: Incredibly, this is the one entry that did not give me any problems as far as making a decision. This rig and its photos called to me; only one other rig did that (please see next section).
: As I've said consistently, this was a very difficult job trying to choose from among a good selection of eye-catching machines. While the recipient of my 1st place vote was astonishingly easy to choose once one other entry had to be disqualified (it was literally AGONIZING
to not include MjrTom's Ground Control
as a top three finalist, but the lack of photos of the exterior as specified by the rules gave me no choice but to DQ it), 2nd and 3rd places were hard to pick. I had initially narrowed my selections to five machines from all the entries, so after picking my 1st place machine (SR-1), I had to choose from WaveMaster
, Pr0j3ct Tux3d0
, Opteron Meets the Borg
, and Ground Control
. Ground Control
had to be DQed, unfortunately, so I had three machines for two places. Opteron Meets the Borg
just fell short because, while the concept is the most daring of all the entries we had, the photos just lacked a certain flash (pun not intended). The photos needed more spice and spunk. But this is no indictment of the machine or its builder. The other two judges gave it votes, so it's a great choice.
Great job, Club S939!