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Item#: N82E16811160026

CHIEFTEC Mesh CA-01B-B-SL-OP Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

  • Steel ATX Full Tower
  • 6 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 8 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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Learn more about the Chieftec CA-01B-B-SL-OP

Model

Brand
CHIEFTEC
Series
Mesh
Model
CA-01B-B-SL-OP

Spec

Type
ATX Full Tower
Case Material
Steel
With Power Supply
No
Motherboard Compatibility
Extended ATX, ATX

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
6
External 3.5" Drive Bays
2
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
8

Cooling System

80mm Fans
No
120mm Fans
No
Side Air duct
No

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Quinn C.
  • 2/21/2010 12:26:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: very high quality!!! plenty of air flow! that one guy is nuts! he just did'nt look at the case very well! I cant decide which way to move the air around or which fans to use to do what? ANY VGA card will fit!

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: NE's info is not good the{ 3} three fans in the side are 92mm, the rear fans are 1200mm, and you can put 2 80mm fans on the other side, it is so well built I'm blown away! when we tell you it's HUGE we mean it's HUGE!!!!! my only regret is that I did'nt know about this case before I built my first system because I could have save the money I spent on that mid tower case, if you want a "case for the future" this is the one!!!!!!

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  • maurice d.
  • 1/23/2010 2:41:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding case with space and looks !

Pros: The Chieftec CA-01B-B-SL-OP is a good-looking, well-built, full-size tower case with many great features. The edges are smooth and the construction is solid.

For drives, there's room for:

Six -5.25" externally accessible drives . . CD-DVDs, removable drives, etc.,
Two - 3.5” externally accessible drives . . FDDs, LS-120, ZIP drives and,
Eight - 3.5" internally mounted hard drives . . . HDDs .

With all these drives bays, you have room for 16 drives with no space between them or fewer drives with space and air flow between them.

The motherboard tray is large ... very deep front to back and you should be able to put any motherboard or video card(s) ever made in this thing.

Although the case doesn’t come with any fans but there’s plenty of places for them…seven that I can think of right off hand. You can mount them to push or pull which direction you want. Fron case fans are mounted on the side which reduces noise over those typically mounted directly behind fr

Cons: Would have nice had the unit come with decent FANs but I knew that was the status when I bought it so I can't make any deduction for that.

Other Thoughts: Great case with great capacity, great versatility. The aluminum mesh looks nice....it would have look nice in black too.

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  • Ronald W.
  • 10/30/2009 1:51:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsAesthetics trump functionality

Pros: This is a very well-built case with a number of good to great features. All edges are smoothed, and the construction is very solid. There's a TON of space, enough for six 5.25" drives and 8 3.5" drives. The motherboard area is gigantic; you should be to put any board ever made in this thing.

There's a very clever locking feature on the 5.25" bays. The case stores special screws with large heads in screwholes in the middle of the chassis. You just screw them into the four holes on a 5.25" drive with your fingers, and slide it into place until it clicks. You can use standard screws and tighten it down the standard way too, if you don't think this method is secure enough (it's being actually held in the bay by only one screw), but it seems great to me.

The 3.5" bays have neat little snap-in rails that don't require any screwing at all... you just pop them on and slide the drive into place.

There are nice big thumbscrews on the side panel.

Cons: First: this case doesn't come with ANY fans.

Second: the fans on the 3.5" bays *don't blow the same direction* as the main 12" fans on the back. So you CAN'T set up a proper push-pull airflow in this case! As far as I can tell, they did this because they wanted to preserve the mesh look of the front, but they've severely compromised the total cooling capacity to do it. Instead of the fans cooperating to multiply the total number of air changes per hour, they sort of fruitlessly blow at cross-purposes to one another. Aesthetics have trumped functionality, and this case is severely compromised because of it.

Further, that same 'looks' thing has made them put a door on the front of the case that's too thick, so you can't mount RAID cages in the bays that have any external extension at all; if your 5.25" aren't *exactly* the size of CD-ROMs, the door won't close correctly. And there is no way to take the door off, either. Frustrating!

Other Thoughts: Another stupid thing is the fan mounts on the removable panel. How the HELL are you supposed to connect those fans to the motherboard with the door open? Even if you connect them to drive power connectors, you're still gonna have a rat's nest to deal with every time you open the door.

This is a really annoying case, because it's so well-built and has such clever features, mixed together with pure stupidity. If they'd abandoned the lame mesh front and set the 3.5" bays to do a normal front-back cooling arrangement, and kept the front doors to a reasonable thickness, this would have been an incredibly good server or hardcore gamer case. I would sing its praises to the world. But as is, the cooling is gimped, and you can't use those capacious 5.25" drives for anything but CD-ROMs, at least not without defeating the locking screw mechanism, which doesn't look easy.

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  • Noall N.
  • 10/28/2009 10:07:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent build quality!

Pros: Beyond huge. Drive layout is nearly perfect, with plenty of airflow (3x92mm). Very thick metal stampings, rolled edges, and good tool-less design. The HDD rails don't allow for vibration, and fit snugly. The rear PCI clamp works like a gem, even with a dual slot video card.
The optical drive slots use large head screws with slide into slots in the case. I personally love this design as it's very secure, if not exactly tool-less.
Front access wires are perfect for my motherboard (MSI GD70) and there is more than enough room to take a 12" long video card. Space above the PSU is huge, more than enough for water cooling setups. Stampings are precise, and the case came with a couple nice thumbscrews. The aesthetics are simple and elegant, understatement is this case's forte.

Cons: It's huge, and heavy (steel). I'd prefer 120mm side fans, but not a real issue. The top 92mm fan has not been installed yet (waiting on it), but looks like it may contact the Zalman 9700 cooler, otherwise it would blow on the cooler.
The biggest con of all (not the maker's fault) is that the door will not close with an X-Fi platinum drive in place. The front door would have to be notched to make things work.

Other Thoughts: I'd opt for wheels on the bottom instead of flip out feet, as this thing really starts packing on the weight once the guts are installed. Overall a very simple-looking, full featured design. No flashy lights, just a very solid, well-designed case. It's worth the price, as I bought this instead of the Antec 1200 (better video card space, and I hate case windows).

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/22/2009 7:13:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

Pros: Solidly built case, haven't snagged my hands on any rough edges in the interior. Lots of areas to place fans if required. Can also take any size power supply, even the longer ones. I currently do not use a modular power supply but would suggest one for other who are getting into this case. I bought this case to be the end-all for case buying since as the years went on I would require more hard drives and with the size of the high-end graphics cards kept having to upgrade my case. With this case I can safely say that I won't outgrow it any time soon.

Cons: For those that have issues with moving heavy objects, it's heavy.

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  • Robert C.
  • 10/20/2009 3:54:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHuge case plenty of storage.

Pros: Huge, Enough room to store every hard drive you would ever need. Has fan locations to move all of the air you desire.

Cons: Huge... well that is why I bough it, so not a Con.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/22/2009 9:58:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: The case is steel, sturdy, reliable, and durable. It is very tall, I have another full tower case that I got (this new one to replace it) and when I got the new case out of the box I was suprised, if I have to build another computer, this will be the case I get. 8 hd bays, 6 cd/dvd bays, and a side note, the usb/audio connectors are sturdy and well built, I was sort of scared to buy this case at first because of the few reviews, get this case...I promise you will not be disapointed!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Well built product, would deffinately buy another one!

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  • Matthew L.
  • 6/9/2009 3:33:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: This case is huge. Lots of ventilation. Sturdy Build. Mostly tool-less. Great price.

Cons: Front panel audio seems to be broken...not a big enough problem to take away an egg, but disappointing.

Other Thoughts: I was tired of messing around with mid towers that were just too cramped so I took a chance on Chieftec. You will not be disappointed with this case. I really like the fact that its not full of blue leds like so many of the full towers on here. This is just a solid, professional looking case with room for everything.

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  • Kevin N.
  • 3/31/2009 10:22:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsbawls

Pros: Room for everything plus more! I have all 8 hard drive trays filled and the case stays cool with it's mounts for 5 90mm fans and 2 120mm fans. Lots of room for cable running. A very smart looking case, once you get over having a flashy bright case stage this is the case for you.

Cons: Does every product have to be given a con?

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  • James J.
  • 3/16/2009 2:57:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAWESOME

Pros: Tons of room. Lots of internal HDD bays. Excellent placing. Totally tool-less, both the HDD and 5.25 bays are tool-less, very easy to use too. Black/Silver looks real nice. Front ports are well placed, and cables are labeled for easy mobo hookups. There is so much space in this full tower I think I could live inside of it - seriously. Super sturdy. Heavy duty build. Chieftec pwns as usual.

Cons: Heavy. But that's expected.

Other Thoughts: THANK YOU NEWEGG FOR BRINGING BACK THE CHIEF!!! THERE ARE MANY LOYAL CHIEFTEC CUSTOMERS, WE LOVE THE CHIEF!! WE LOVE THE ÉGG!!

Buy this case, you won't be disappointed.

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