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Written by Doug Dallam   
Monday, 03 October 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Raidmax Blade Mid-Tower Computer Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: Interior

The motherboard side. A nice hole for your cooling tower mount option, and you might think some nice cable routing holes, and they are, but there is a little problem with the cable management with this case. We'll get to that, though, in the detailed interior section.

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The cable side. Oh yes, there is something of interest here! Note the absence of toolless mounts on this side. I guess Raidmax thought since their tooless mounts were enginered so creatively, the drive would be secure without both sides being locked down. Well, Raidmax, you're wrong to a definitive fault. I'll show you why in just a little bit. Nothing else to exaplin here. Move it!

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Here we go. These are popular. A power supply filter, HOORAY!, and the second of only two images that could have gone under the detailed exterior section (that we skipped). Furthermore, even though this is an external filter, it serves the internal aspect of the case, namely the power supply. So I've taken the liberty to stick it here. If this bothers you, please get your flame thrower out and roast me like a tri-tip at a Super Bowl party. I can take it because I'm Old Flat Top: "Here come old Flat Top, He come grooooovin' up slow-lay, He got, Joo-Joo eyeball, He shoot, koooooKa-kola, He got hair, down, to his knee, Got to be a joker cause he do what he please!" ("Come Together," The Beatles).

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And last, I treat you to a fully opened black option. No, there are no hinges on the front door. It simply slides off like all of the rest. Kinda tricky of them to take the picture like that though, don't you think? It looks cool though right? Yeah. Sure does. Almost makes you think there's a custom swing away door on this model. That's why Benchmark Reviews is your friend. You read reviews like this so you can cut the marketing hustle and see the real deal. Again, the side fan shown here is either invisible when you get the case, or it simply doesn't come with it. Either way, if you want a side fan, you'll need to buy one.

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Take a closer look at those really cool tooless mounts. Well, not really. I'll show you why next. (Remember, they only come on one side.) They do look nice too, but this is a case point of flash without function.



 

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# RE: Raidmax Blade Mid-Tower Computer Casejeff 2011-10-04 06:10
You should take off 1 mark for having a side panel window.
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# love those windowsMergatroid 2011-10-18 15:15
I was going to say he should have given it an extra 1/2 point for having a side panel window. I didn't used to be a big side panel window fan, but then I bought a 600T, an H100 and built an awesome computer. It was so awesome I ordered in the optional side panel with a window. It looks sweet as sweet can be. This one also has a fan mount. Great for cooling those extra hot video cards.

Each to his own I guess.
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# come togetherRed1776 2011-10-06 09:53
That was a unique review. I was interested to learn that you do in fact have joo-joo eyeball.
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# RE: Raidmax Blade Mid-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-10-09 20:05
LOL. You guys are funny.

WHenh I was at University there was a guy who was a friend of mine that was like 6'7" tall, flat-top, smart, really nice guy, wore these coke bottle glasses and his eyes were wasted, like one was all white and the other one pointed skyward. He had some sort of degenerative eye disease, and he walked like, well, "old flat-top." That was his nickname, which he hated. He was the personification of that song.

It's not my type of case, but remember, tastes come in all flavors, and it's only a 50.00USD case. You can probably get it for 40.00USD if you look around. For that price point, it's a sturdy case that you could load and forget. I remember back in 2000 we'd pay more for a case that was flimsy and ugly at the same time.
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# RE: Raidmax Blade Mid-Tower Computer CaseRed1776 2011-10-09 20:50
well that is all true of course...it's just that it looks like a metro-sexual Transformer. I think the review style matched the case, nice job.
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# RE: RE: Raidmax Blade Mid-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-10-09 21:03
"Metro-sexual" ? LOL thanks, and please educate me.
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# RE: Raidmax Blade Mid-Tower Computer CaseRed1776 2011-10-09 21:10
You need an edit button LOL. not what I meant. I meant you took more of a lighthearted approach to a fun case....and ALSO the case looks like a Metro-sexual Transformer...geeez, As soon as It posted I was waiting for you to post precisely what you posted hehe
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# RE: Raidmax Blade Mid-Tower Computer CaseRed1776 2011-10-09 22:28
I can only guess that either you or Olin did not like the definition of metro-sexual as it's been removed.Rather odd for something that was not unsolicited,profane, or harassing. At any rate, I enjoyed the review.
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# RE: Raidmax Blade Mid-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-10-09 22:34
That would be our editor--lol. Emailed me saying to keep thins on topic. Thank you :)
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# YuckMergatroid 2011-10-18 15:21
I guess someone likes cases like this. For $50 it's not a bad case at all, but it's ugly as sin. Yuck. Still, I've owned worse. Personally, when I was a kid, I pined after the conservative browns/greys/blacks of the stuff my dad had. Even then I thought brightly coloured stuff was strictly for kids and I wanted for adult stuff. Now a days, many people, even adults, like the bright colours. Just not my cup of tea I guess.
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# Sarnia Sting themed caseSean 2013-04-19 01:17
My son wanted this case for his new pc but I don't know after hearing about the toolless mounts being horrid but how many cases out there are yellow and black which is what my son wants ? Yes one could custom paint a better case but I don't have the skill or heck even the work area to do this. I also don't want to pay a premium for someone else to do it. I guess using black screws to hold hardware in place in the case would be more to his liking anyway as he doesn't like the blue window or anything that was not black and yellow with this case and the toolless mounts are blue. Bye bye to the convenience of toolless mounts unless I find some other yellow and black case that has them at this price for a case. Yeah right ... lol
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# Tooless mount optionDaibhi 2013-04-20 15:29
I've got one of these on order and I may be flipping it depending on whether or not I can bypass the tooless mounting option for simply screwing the drives into place. Any experience with this option folks?
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# looking under the hoodDaibhi 2013-04-27 15:10
Okay, I unboxed it and popped the hood on it to take a look inside. Mine shipped with two toolless mounts on the 5" bays and two on the 3" bays. But from what I can tell, yes you can bypass the toolless option and screw the drives into their respective bays.
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