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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

Detailed Interior Features

Okay, here we go with one reason I had a spastic-case-hissy-fit. Olin (the Executive Editor here at Benchmark Reviews) has told me that most $50.00 cases use screws to secure the front bezels. What? I just hate that. Do you know what this means? Let me spell it for you: It means everytime you want to clean the front fan filter, or swap the front fan, you need to take off both side panels, get your little screw driver out and unscrew the four little screws, all just to clean the filters or to swap the fan. What's more, the screws are not the type that fit into metal threaded backings. They're self tapping, and they tap right into the plastic of the bezel. Wallow them out after repeated screwing, and you just gave your case the "No Bezel Custom Bust-it Modification."I tried mounting the bezel without the screws, and it did mount with the plastic push pins only, but not really securely. You might get away with it though, and you could definitely get away with just two of the four screws.

On the up side, you won't need to clean the front filters because they are mosly nonfunctional. See the filters on the left and right? Well, they don't line up with the front fan. This means most of the air is going directly through the grill, outlined by the white circle, and there is no filter on that grill. Anyway, you can make up your own mind if this bothers you, but keep in mind, it's a $50.00 (or less) case.

Something I just noticed too. See the filters? They are cloth over the steel perforated screen. You could just pull them out and clean the mesh from the outside, since the steel mesh will catch a lot of the dust anyway. Many cases now feature only the steel perforated mesh anyway, and that seems to work sufficiently. That being said, most of the air is going into the front grill and not the mesh anyway, which is still a filter problem.

Raidmax_Blade_Case_BezelMount.jpg

The next aspect of the Blade makes me want to, well, nothing. It just makes me mad that stuff doesn't work as advertised, or if it does, it's just enough to keep the manufacturer out of court for false advertising. Case in point, the Raidmax tooless mount. You turn the knob (on the other side) and the black center part, shown below, presses against the drive holding it securely in place, while the two male pins on either side go into the screw holes of the drive. The ony problem is that the pins and the center part do not hold the drive securely, at all. In fact, the opposite side isn't secured, and is left to flop around or even fall out. I tried doubling them up, one on each side, and that did help, a little, but I was able to pull the drive out, nevertheless, without too much effort.

It's not just Raidmax, either, and I'm not bashing Raidmax for doing it. It's called competition--you do certain things or you get eaten! It's "market economies" 101, and this is sadly popular marketing. But we do know that some tooless mounts actually work fairly well (for instance, Cooler Master's). But then again, it's a $50.00 case. You make up your own mind if you think the price warrants the marginal utility of the mount. (I've seen this on $150.00 cases also.)

Raidmax_Blade_Case_Tooless01.jpg

Let's get some measurements. At least this looks pretty good. Almost 11 1/2 inches of space. That should be good enough for the largest cards. Not bad at all. If you need all of your hard drive slots and they're all 3.5", then you'll need to hack off 2" because that's how far the drives protrude into the case (remembering that the drive cage is your traditional back to the motherboard design, and not the better back to the cable panel side design). I assume most people won't have a need to fill every drive bay with 3.5" HDs though, so it's personal choice.

Raidmax_Blade_Case_VidCard.jpg

The last thing I want to show you is important for buyers also: cable space, of which there is virtualy none. You get such little space that I couldn't even measure it. I'm guessing that it might be a 1/4" at most, and more like 3/16". So expect to run your power supply cables into the case, and not behind the mother board tray. For sure, you'll be able to get smaller wires around the back, but unless you flex the side panel, you won't get the power supplies' cables back there. Speaking of the motherboard tray, it's acceptably stiff, but with a little flexi-slop on the lower right side (location shown in the last image, bottom right). Yep, you can see here that with the side panel on, you get pretty much no cable routing space. The image below actually looks like there is more space than their really is, too.

Raidmax_Blade_Case_CableSpace.jpg

That's it for the visual show. Let's move on over to the Final Thoughts and Conclusion sections and see how she sums up.



 

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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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