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Using a Cen-Tech digital multi meter (model 92020), voltages were recorded in two phases, idle and load. Idle conditions consisted of the computer being powered on, but no applications running other than Windows. The load condition was created by running the following programs: Macromedia Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, SiSoft Sandra, Folding@Home, and Counter Strike for a period of one hour. Voltages were recorded from the major rails; 12v, 3.3v, and 5v. The chart below compares the idle and load voltages on the Qmax power supply provided with the Maxtop case.
The chart below shows a comparison between the load voltages recorded with the included Qmax power supply and a 430W Antec unit.
Looking at the results, between idle and load the power supply fluctuated at most +.15 and -.09. However the 12 volt line was by far the worst being more than half a volt off from its advertised value. This isn't at all great but for a provided power supply its not bad either. Obviously gamers and overclockers alike will need to upgrade the PSU to provide the necessary performance.
Maxtop has continued on building quality built products while managing to keep the price in range of even the stingiest of spenders. Once Maxtop has designed a state of the are well organized tower with great features to aid both the everyday user and LAN party enthusiasts alike. On top of that this case is a great starting point for someone just getting into building there own system. It provides everything that one would need in a first attempt at entering into the computer world. It is light, has easy to use tool-less drive bays and is well designed to provide even the novice with an enjoyable experience. With the addition of an aftermarket PSU this case is can definitely become a winner.
At first I thought the swing-up carrying handle with dual-speed stealth fan was a little bit gaudy and useless. After constantly having to move the case around my room to take pictures I realized the advantage that the carrying handle provides you with. As for the dual speed stealth fan, I'm still skeptical that it actually moves enough air to make a difference. Regardless, I would rather have seen a more common 80mm exhaust fan used instead.
With a competitive price of $39.00, as seen on the ArrowMax website, the Maxtop Diamondback CSX-502 ATX Mid Tower Case earns a final rating of 4 out of 5 stars... "Recommended". With a few slight changes to the power supply, and minimal design changes, the Maxtop CSX-502 ATX mid-tower case could easily earn itself 5 stars.
Final Rating (4 out of 5 stars):
• Front panel temperature display
• Easily operated tool-less drive mounts
• Front USB, Firewire, microphone, headphone, location
• Bright color scheme
• Sideways mounted/removable hard drive cage
• Easily transportable with carrying handle
• Lack of enough molex power plugs
• PCI slot screw issue
• Short thermal probe cord
• Power supply is of a decent quality
Special thanks to ArrowMax for providing the Maxtop Diamondback CSX-502 ATX Mid Tower Case to Bigbruin.com for review!
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