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Written by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 03 October 2007
Table of Contents: Page Index
Hiper Anubis Mid Tower ATX Case HTC-1K614
Closer Look: Anubis Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Anubis Interior
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Final Thoughts: Hiper Anubis

It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that the Anubis looks good. Hiper has a long-standing history or delivering solid performance with world-class design, and the HTC-1K614 is no different from the entire line of Hiper products in this regard. Although this case could easily fit into the tastes of practically everyone shopping for a new computer chassis, it would be a disservice to say that this is going to fit everyone's needs.

The Anubis offers quality far beyond the expectations of consumers; and this is still stateing it lightly. Aluminum 6063 TS Alloy joined by solid welds and not rivets ensures that nothing is going to break this chassis down, short of a tank. Unfortunately, all that solid construction makes it as heavy as one, too.

Hiper Anubis mid-tower ATX case HTC-1K614

Hiper HTC-1K614 Conclusion

Hiper has done a great job packaging, protecting, and marketing the Anubis. Exciting graphics and informative retail packaging help the consumers confidence in selecting this mid-tower ATX case from the bunch. If there was improvement to be made, it would be to use a glossy finish over the graphics to draw them out for an even bigger "wow" factor. This is a premium product after all.

Black anodized alloy and mirror-finished accents make the HTC-1K614 stand out. The all-black finish may not appeal to everyone, but for those who approve the Anubis is going to keep its fashion friendly looks forever. The interior lacks some consistency, but does not directly detract from the appearance.

Solid construction is part of Hiper's master plan for the Anubis. Structural welds increase chassis integrity far beyond rivets, making the HTC-1K614 among the strongest mid-tower ATX cases available. High marks were given for the impeccable construction built exactly as well as it was designed, from top to bottom.

While a topic of some debate, having an enormous heatsink at the top of a computer case is not the best way to improve cooling performance. This practice assumes that there is enough heated air inside the case to rise to the top and make the heatsink functional to some measurable cooling capacity. It is my opinion that the best way to cool a case is to keep the heat from remaining inside; which can only mean extraordinary ventilation. In terms of functionality, the Anubis offers above average performance but misses out on the opportunity to add cooling fans or vents to the side panel or at the bottom of the case where they are often needed.

Presently the Hiper Anubis mid-tower ATX case HTC-1K614 is listed on our price comparison tool for $169.99. While I don't see equal parts value and performance, or value and appearance, there are other who will. Obviously priced too high for a large segment of consumers, the Anubis will demand prestige at a price.

In conclusion, the mighty Anubis mid-tower ATX case is destined to be a top pick among the less cost-conscious crowd of gamers and enthusiasts, as the pricing is well out of reach for system builders and casual users. The HTC-1K614 comes recommended to those who appreciate fine quality and demure looks, and aren't afraid to pay for them.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award for Quality Recognition

+ Constructed with 100% 6063 TS Alloy
+ Seams are welded and not riveted
+ Elegant and refined appearance
+ Convenient I/O panel with audio input
+ Liquid-cooling compatible rear ports
+ Direct cooling drive cage design
+ Tool-less side panels and drive bays
+ Incredible attention to detail

Cons:

- I/O panel lacks eSATA port
- Not the most spacious ATX case
- Very expensive
- Lacks additional fan mount locations
- No filters to reduce dust intake

Ratings:

  • Presentation: 8.75
  • Appearance: 9.25
  • Construction: 9.5
  • Functionality: 8.75
  • Value: 7.75

Final Score: 8.8 out of 10.

Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.

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