Chieftec Releases CM-25B-OP Case from the Classic Series

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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  2. bobblunderton

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    I'm okay with classic cases, especially for business / adults who don't want a disco-tech in their PC.
    Good to see they are still around.
     
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    "We need a cheap/inexpensive case for our office" ... but then they are going to install multiple (costly) optical drives and hot swap hdd bays ... 0 need for that many 5.25 bays. Focus on another front mounted 120mm fan for venting.

    Can you even buy a 3.5 floppy drive? Yes you can install a card reader bay... However, in regards to use in an office, do you really want users playing with SD cards on your network...

    Most systems are going to run m.2 or 2.5 SSDs. What value to run 3 HDD bays?

    No, just no. Was a bad design then. Still a bad design. Top mounted PSU....

    Just get a Rosewill Challenger S or a Cougar MX330/331 and a 5 pack of plain 120mm fans.
     
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    Agree about the additional venting on the front. This front panel is probably a budget decision, I bet they can shave off a decent chunk of cost by reusing old tooling from 10+ years ago.

    Top mounted PSU is a poor design for gaming PCs or workstations where you are more likely to have huge, heavy PSU. For office computers and low power it is an excellent option. The PSU intake at the inside top and exhaust out the back can let you get away with having a cheap rear exhaust fan or none at all. I haven't seen it much recently but that layout even allowed for completely passive CPU heatsinks on low power models 'back in the day'.

    Anyway, I'm happy to see budget options that don't require me to pay extra for cheap plastic windows or LED fans.
     

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    Office PCs would be still be Workstations. Unless you are strictly talking about a cheap DIY "home office PC" vs a Corporate office PC/Workstation... No reason not to set up new home PC as bottom mount power. Just more stable.

    The PSU fans were just to cool the PSU. Old, low power CPUs were passive by design not from any PSU exhaust benefits. Plus, cheap PSU usually means cheap 80/90mm fans. I've seen setups for passive heatsinks for newer CPUs. But to really be effective they need really good airflow. Otherwise they start throttling the CPU. Far greater benefits in a couple cheap 120mm over a top PSU.

    A fair number of no frill, bottom power, 5.25 bay, sub $50 cases available. Personally, I'm not impressed with all the RGB BS.
     

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