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Well, i had finally gotten my new case, and i could not resist the pull of this case, so naturally i spent the $100 and got it. Could i have gotten a better case for the money? Sure. Would said case have everything i wanted off the bat? nope.

So without further ado


X-Clio Nighthawk COLOR
written by Cyrious

Now, before i get started, i know about the whole review thingie that OCN has. I already did my post there. Thing is, i dont feel that was enough for me to do my "dissection" of the case, and thus i am doing it here as well, as well as allowing anyone who has a question to ask it and have a quick answer. EDIT: Found the red camera, took some good 10mpix images. Images will be spoilered because of the very high res. (~3600x~2700). And yes, i know my battlestation and room are messy, its on my list of things to deal with this weekend.



Here is the box which the case arrived in. There was no external box around this, so it took quite a few hits during shipping. However, the case was well protected by blocks of foam encasing both ends and a loose sheath of plastic wrapping around the entire case, and thus the actual case arrived undamaged.

Lets get started with a shot of the front of the case


LED's off


LEDs on, no flash (looks sick doesnt it?)

The front of the case looks unassuming at first. It is highly perforated allowing for a great deal of airflow to pass through it unimpeded. Visible behind the grating is the front pair of 120mm cooling fans and their filters.




one of the filters in question

The filters appear to be made of a finely meshed plastic material, clearly meant to be washed. These filters are whitish when exposed, and on the lower fan, diffuse the LED lighting a little to smooth it out.



Here we clearly see the filters for the intake fans, and (hopefully) see that the door is not cheaply held on through some plastic, but is actually held on by 2 metal hinges not unlike that which you would see on a house door. Each fan is held on by 4 screws through the back side, and 2 bolts secures each fan from swinging around. If these bolts are undone, the fan mount swings forward on a single hinge like what the door uses.



At the top, there are 3 drive bays which are unimpeded by anything and thus can be used to your hearts content. The slot gratings on the door are each secured by 2 screws, and undoing said screws will allow you to remove the grating and thus allow you install the drive or device you desire. Take note: this case DOES NOT have an external 3.5" bay. If you want a small card reader, you will have to get an adapter before that can happen.

Onwards to the top:



The top of the case is fairly plain, but the notables here include the front I/O panel and the top fans. The I/O panel consists of 2 USB ports, an e-sata port, headphone and mic jacks, power and reset buttons, and the other features of this case: LED control and fan control. I will get to those later. The fans are 120mm, fairly low RPM, and silent to the point of being inaudible. The front 120mm fans and the rear 120mm fan are the same way, making this case devastatingly quiet. This silence comes with a price though, that being lack of airflow. The fans move a fairly small amount of air, but if silence is what you are going for, keep them. As for the top grating, it can mount either 120mm fans or 140mm fans, and quite possibly a 240mm watercooling radiator.

moving on to the inside:


OH HAI! IM IN UR CASE, NOMMIN YUR MEGAHURTZ
Damnit cat get out of there! (her name is Peanut, she got in through the PSU spot and couldnt get back out. I had a hearty lol and then opened the case to kick her furry white arse out)





here we see the main drive rack, the top 120mm fans, the rear 120mm fan, the motherboard tray, and the cables which feed the fans and top I/O ports. Both AC 97 and HD audio are supported by the audio jacks, the LED system gets their power from one single molex connector, and the other non-led fans are fed through separate molex connectors. As you can see, the case is quite spacious, and according to the manufacturer, there is plenty of room for something like a 5970. Note the tight clearance between the CPU cooler and the top two fans. On a board like mine where the memory doesnt connect right to the processor, the socket will be close to the top of the board, and thus will have the heatsink come very close to the fans. Clearance here is about 5mm. On motherboards where the CPU socket is further down, this wont be as much of a problem.



the drive bays are in the lower right corner, and consist of 4 slots on their side. The hard drives themselves are mounted onto a plastic drive caddy, which uses 4 metal pins embedded in the plastic to hold it. Its a complete and utter pain to get a drive onto the pins, but once its on its very secure in the caddy. The caddies themselves are made of strong plastic, with the middle part being flexible to permit installation of hard drives.
At the bottom of the main rack on the case floor, there are multiple screw holes apparently meant for a hard drive or SSD. Should one have only one drive, they can choose to remove the HDD rack and just bolt the HDD directly to the case.


And now, the back of the case:



back here, we see the 7 slots and their gratings that are used for slot covers, the 2 watercooling holes, and the 120mm rear exhaust. The power supply slot is also seen all the way at the bottom, and its set up so that the person who has the case can choose which way they want it to be oriented. If its intaking directly from the outside, there is a small filter there that will keep the dust out. Orienting the unit this way will also minimize the amount of distance the cables have to go to get into the cable hole.

here is the brackets and the bottom mounted PSU from inside




Might as well highlight the LED system while im at it. The front bottom fan and the rear panel fan are both LED fans, and each one is equipped with a quartet of tri-color LEDs, with red, green, and blue being the primary colors of these LEDs. however, the controller in the top front of the case can mix these to produce 256 different colors. In addition to the LED color control, if you dont want them, just press the LED power switch and they all turn off. Setting colors directly is impossible. However, if you set it to loop, and when the desired color comes up, just stop the loop and it will stay on that color until the loop is started again.

here, have a video



if you got a question, dont hesitate to ask.

Edited by Cyrious - 3/4/11 at 6:39pm
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I built my gf a computer using the Xclio A380 color, it's amazing! That's a pretty attractive mid-tower from them. I like it
    
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Great review Yeah, like you said this would definitely benefit from higher quality pictures though.
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Great review Yeah, like you said this would definitely benefit from higher quality pictures though.
done and done. Even reshot the video so the color cycle is more easily distinguishable.
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I dont like the look of it.
    
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That is a pretty finished product and great beautification!

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