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ENERMAX Chakra ECA3052BS Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

  • SECC ATX Mid Tower
  • USB / Audio / e-SATA Front Ports
  • 5 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 4 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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Examine the Chakra case from Enermax with your third eye and you’ll see that it’s the case for you. It comes with plenty of features to keep your computer working in harmonious balance. Its solid black design with silver highlights displays exemplifies solidity and power. But it’s what’s on the inside that matters. The reversible 250mm fan on the side panel keeps everything inside cool. If you find it necessary to add additional fans there are mounting holes on the front and back that support 80/90/120mm fans.

The front panel has five external 5.25” drive bays and one external 3.5” bay. The top two bays have drop down covers for your optical drives so you don’t have to worry about matching colors. On the top of the front panel are the power and reset buttons, two USB ports, audio ports and an eSATA port. Top mounting makes access easier, especially if you have the case on the floor by your desk.

Tool free mounting rails and a removable hard drive cage make setting up your system a pleasant process. The expansion slots have pop out covers and instead of screws they have retention clips for fast secure mounting of video cards and other add ones.

  • newegg Superior Expandability with 10 Drive Bays Featuring five 5.25" external drive bays, and five 3.5” drive bays (one external and four internal), the Raidmax Chakra ECA3052BS provides superior expandability.
  • newegg Tool-free Installation The tool-free design ensures quick installation and upgrade for expansion cards, 5.25” and 3.5” devices to save your time. Start enjoying computing rapidly!
  • newegg Efficient Ventilation The Raidmax Chakra ECA3052BS features one enormous 250mm side fan and rear vents for efficient ventilation and effective system cooling.
  • newegg Convenient Top I/O Panel The Raidmax Chakra ECA3052BS features a convenient top I/O panel for easy access to one eSATA port, two USB 2.0 and two audio ports.

Learn more about the Enermax ECA3052BS

Model

Brand
ENERMAX
Series
Chakra
Model
ECA3052BS

Spec

Type
ATX Mid Tower
Color
Black
Case Material
SECC
With Power Supply
No
Motherboard Compatibility
Standard P4 ATX (12" x 9.6")
Micro ATX (9.6" x 9.6")
With Side Panel Window
No

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
5
External 3.5" Drive Bays
1
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
4
Expansion Slots
7

Front Ports

Front Ports
USB / Audio / e-SATA

Cooling System

80mm Fans
No
120mm Fans
No
250mm Fans
1 x 250mm side fan
Side Air duct
No

Physical Spec

Dimensions
19.3" x 7.9" x 17.9" (D x W x H)

Features

Features
World's first case with external SATA port in front
Massively curved meshed front panel with 2 brushed aluminum columns
2 CD-ROM flip covers integrated
Intel CAG v1.1 Air Duct for extreme CPU cooling
Tool-free drive bays and removable HDD cage
12cm fan slots in front and rear for silent cooling (12cm fan not include)
250mm monster fan with reverse switch (Side)

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
3 years limited
Labor
3 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Mike M.
  • 5/15/2009 7:01:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

Pros: Great Case, especially for the price! The huge fan on the side is Quiet. I added 2 Slow Sythe fans (you need to order them separate) and the whole case is whisper quiet. Assembly is pretty easy and straightforward. Top covered buttons are nice to keep the real little kids out.

Cons: The manual is 1/2 sheet of paper, but it has the pinouts, which are also marked on the cables ie power led, etc. not a problem if you have some idea of what you need to do.

Other Thoughts: A Zalman CNPS9700 CPU heatsink wont fit because it hits the big fan. I spent a couple hours grinding it down 1/4 inch. A 9500 would be fine especially with the excellent airflow thru the case. Top 2 bays are hide away.

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  • Thomas D.
  • 4/4/2009 4:19:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsQuite

Pros: Nice placement of the usb/esata/audio ports. The fan is SUPER quite, and pushes a lot of air!!! Plenty of room to work, and the tooless design was accetptable.

Cons: The manual was really chintzy. I mean bare basics, but it wasn't more than printed tissue paper folded 6 times.

Other Thoughts: Its a case, it housed the parts and looked good doing it. I loved the placements of the ports (I don't know why companies are still putting them on the bottom). Only came with one fan, but what a fan it is!!!! Overall, an easy case to work with.

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  • Patrick S.
  • 2/21/2009 5:18:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAs cases go this is one of the best!

Pros: I was initially worried about the extra hardware needed to install drives, etc. Normally a few good screws serve the purpose so much better and are easier to keep up or find if you add other items later. I am a convert though, as this manufacturer does a great job with screwless! The case is well built and thought out.

Cons: The only disappointment I had was not being able to use my extra high cpu cooler I purchased. The case was not wide enough with the included side panel fan.

Other Thoughts: I would purchase and recommend this case to any aspiring builder of their own computer.

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  • Robert H.
  • 12/18/2008 11:49:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMostly satisfied

Pros: I was worried that the case would not have enough room for my heatsink/fan unit, but no worries there. I like the side fan, and enjoy the panels that hide my optical drives. The case has a nice clean look. Personally, I like the placement of the top USB and eSATA ports.

Cons: My first unit was defective. A misfed screw was locked into place in a bay that I had to remove to install the front fan. This was taken care of fairly promptly.
The push-button optical drive bay covers do not align properly with the buttons on my Toshiba drives. I conceived of a minor home remedy, but got too lazy to put it into action. I just lift the bay doors with my had and press the button. I wish they worked properly, but at least I like the look of the hidden drives.

Other Thoughts: I used this case on what was my fifth build. So far, this is the sturdiest case that I have purchased. Nothing bent out of shape during the initial installation of the mobo, and nothing has bent, cracked, or otherwise broken on the thing. I am largely satisfied with the case.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/6/2008 10:09:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsNice.

Pros: Nice 250mm Fan on Side
Cover to block front/top Panel.
Nice Sleek Design.
Really Good Ventilation

Cons: FDD was really hard to put it, practically had to force it in, and hope I didn't break anything.

Other Thoughts: The Flip-cover for CD/DVD Drives is a nice touch.

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  • Jeremy N.
  • 9/6/2008 2:17:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat case, with some minor quibbles

Pros: Case arrived without damage. Intelligent placement of front panel (I keep my computer on the floor). HDD Tool-less configuration was dead-simple, and DVD drive installation was almost as easy. The 250mm fan is absolutely silent, and it was easy to mount two more 120mm fans.

Cons: The 250mm fan does not push as much air as you would expect, but more than most 120mm fans. The cover for the front-panel could be broken if you are not careful, but I don't see mine breaking any time soon. Tto install the front 120mm fan, you must remove the HDD cage (only four screws). The little flip-open cover for my DVD drive catches on the drive on closing, but looks very nice.

Other Thoughts: More than I expected, and more than I paid for. The case itself is dead-quiet. So much so that I think I should invest in an after-market GPU cooler to quiet Mr. 4870 down.

I have a motherboard green LED that shines through the case fan at night, totally unexpected but a nice effect.

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  • Phillip D.
  • 8/15/2008 7:27:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOkay but not Great

Pros: Very good venting for circulation. Like the location of the USB and eSata on front top of case. Nice looking.

Cons: Not really very sturdy. Arrived with Shipping Damage. Had to RMA it, which held up my build. Kind of Cramped inside case, but its only a mid-tower so you get what you get. Board sat a little low which caused the back panel to not match the holes just right, still usable.

Other Thoughts: I got my replacement 3 working days after opening RMA. NewEgg customer service is A1!

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  • Zach J.
  • 6/22/2008 5:22:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat price for a great case

Pros: The fan is very quiet for its size, it moves lots of air and is reversible. The side fan moves enough air so that I didn't even need to buy a rear exhaust fan. I have owned this for a while and nothing is broken or damaged which is unusual for me. I am fairly rough with my equipment. This case is pretty quiet and the only thing I hear is my cpu fan. Installation is a snap with these case features. I have seen other case models from Enermax and I love this one the most.

Cons: My only 2 cons for this case were that there are NO manuals with this. -I eventually called tech support to help me figure out what some of the weird looking pieces go to. The round thing you find actually goes around your cables to help prevent electro-magnetic-interference. Secondly, floppy drives are for the most part extinct and instead of having 2 slots for floppy, they should have made more hard drive bays. - I should be on their dev team

Other Thoughts: This case is a great size for a mid tower. It may get tight depending on your motherboard SATA connectors and your GFX card size. I'm supporting an 8800 and that is a huge card. It may be a little tight but if everything fits, you will love this case.

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  • Daniel B.
  • 4/17/2008 9:09:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsProven Sucess

Pros: Nicely designed, slot for the hard-drive is easy to fit, a lot of space for the motherboard to be placed. The tool-less case is a benefit if you are like me and don't own a screw driver.

There is a huge fan... it pretty much keeps it cool, and did I mention it's silent? The Fan is pretty much built into the case leaving plenty of space to add more fans to cool your system.

Cons: I can see this case going wrong if you plan to water cool your system.. it's big enough for a fan based system, but there wouldn't be enough room for a water system.

If you are planning on over clocking your system, you will need to buy extra ties for your power supply because you won't have enough room for the extra cabling...

The Cd Rom tray was a smart idea, but it doesn't work with all cd rom drives... the open cd tray button doesn't reach the open tray button. I have to use a third party open shortcut on my desktop to open my cd rom.

Other Thoughts: If your smart with positioning of cables this case is flawless. This cage is so under-rated it's ridiculous.. I own 3 of these cases and love them. Be smart with what products you put in this case and it will be the best purchase you ever made.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/25/2008 11:26:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgreat case but,

Pros: plenty of space for the several hard and optical drives as well as the power supply. 2 usb and SATA ports are easily accessed on the top panel. The huge fan on the side keeps air moving nicely, especially with the two additional fans (1 front & 1 back)....

Cons: So far, the only problem is the cover for the power on/SATA/USB ports on top of case. After only two 1/2 weeks, there is a crack. Suggestion--don't close the lid all the way down, just place enough that the ports and power are covered.

Other Thoughts: I'd still recommend the case just be carefull with the lid.

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