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Athenatech Black Steel A100BB.200 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

  • Steel
  • Power Supply 2 x 60mm Rear Fans
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Learn more about the Athenatech U.S.A. Inc. A100BB.200

General

Brand
Athenatech
Model
A100BB.200

Spec

Type
Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Color
Black
Case Material
Steel
Power Supply
200W
Motherboard Compatibility
Mirco ATX / Flex ATX

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
1
External 3.5" Drive Bays
1
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
2
Expansion Slots
4

Front Ports

Front USB Ports
USB 2.0
Front Audio Ports
Yes

Cooling System

60mm Fans
2 x 60mm Rear Fans
Side Air duct
No

Dimensions&Weight

Height
13.5"
Width
5.8"
Depth
14.5"

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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  • Jeremiah H.
  • 6/14/2008 10:32:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice HTPC case and cheap

Pros: Great HTPC for <$50. Sturdy, easy access case w/thumscrews, nice layout. Fans are low speed and quiet. Spacious inside, but still small enough to fit comfortably in entertainment center. Mobo, CPU+fan, cards, HDD and standard DVD all fit nicely. One of the best cheap cases I've ever come across.

Cons: RAM slots are under the DVD, making them hard to access. The small PSU is a micro-ATX form factor and only 200W. It does not inspire much confidence.

Other Thoughts: Bought this for a home theater PC. Foxconn M7PMX-5 mobo, Celeron E1600, ASUS DVD, 500 Gb SATA HDD, all fit nicely.

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  • Anatoly D.
  • 12/3/2007 5:22:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsgood case but get spare parts

Pros: Nice looks, small size, light, powerful enough

Cons: stock PS fan failed in about 18 months and killed PS; two 60mm exhaust fans sound as they're about to give out after about 3 years;

Other Thoughts: not bad overall, but the fans and PS are (were?) it's Achilles heel.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/7/2007 5:45:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNice little case

Pros: It's small, versatile, not very hard to work with.

Cons: It's small. Might get a little warm. Not sure what kind of Optical drive is supposed to fit well.

Other Thoughts: I bought 2 of these cases. One for my Dad's new computer (which is fully assembled and running with the stock PSU) and one to put my computer in to replace the ugly HP case I had. I love SFF cases, and the only problem I had with the installation of my Dad's machine was that I had to modify the IDE cable for the Optical drive because of the CPU cooler I installed. Very tight clearance. That is also the reason that the DVD drive on MY computer is currently sitting outside the case. It's a SATA drive and the connector is in the way of the 'rigged CPU cooler I have. I'm going to get a low profile cooler soon, since I've needed to replace the current cooler for some time. Also, since I prefer using the mobo headers for my fans, I switched out the fans in the back so that both of mine run off of the motherboard headers. Not to mention that I plan on putting in a few switches to turn the light in the front on and off.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/29/2007 6:44:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBatter luck next time, hopefully.

Pros: Nice case, multiple fans and solid build quality for price.

Cons: Tight fit for long optical drives with standard AMD HSF combo. You must think carefully about wire placement.

Other Thoughts: My build (with Semperon 3000+, A-Data 1GB (DDR2 800) and Gigabyte HTPC motherboard-- all from same Newegg order) went okay. I tried to boot the computer up and it was a no-go. I am hoping it was just a bum PS on the case or a bad power switch. I've got no worries, since I just RMA'd it. I will update review when replacement comes.

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  • seaton t.
  • 7/31/2007 4:09:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case , quick fix for heat

Pros: TINY, Beautiful, solid, great blue light, classy,holds floppy, cd combo and 2 HDDS, windsor 3800 65 watt AMD, ECS MB,just enough room! :) nicely finished, can sit vert. or hor.

Cons: gets hot,only 200 W PS but seems to handle everything ok, tiny fans in back, punched metal restrictive grills over all fans.

Other Thoughts: Having designed many aerospace elec. enclosures, even before i assembled it i could see it would run hot. first i cut out the restrictive metal grills in back, leaving the plastic guards on the fans. then i cut a 5 1/4" side hole right over the CPU. then with double sticky foam tape , i mounted a 140 mm QUIET fan EXTERNALLY on the side hole. it now runs so cool the case is cold to the touch with 85 deg room temp. the external fan is silver w/ blue leds. perfectly complements the front light on the case! its now COOL and QUIET, only a slight swishing sound.

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  • Charles H.
  • 2/7/2007 6:01:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsHot as heck

Pros: Cheap price, PSU manages to get things done. Looks decent.

Cons: Hotter than you can believe! I wouldn't feel confident with expensive hardware in here.

Other Thoughts: Be sure this sucker is in a well-ventilated area. No joke. I'm using it as an enclosure for a bedroom PVR using old NForce mobo/1800+ Athlon, 160GB WD HD, WinTV PVR150 card and fanless FX5300 vid. The top of it gets really hot.

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  • Yu-Xi L.
  • 11/19/2006 9:02:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsPoor heat management

Pros: Cheap, easy to assemble, plenty of room. Can be oriented as a tower or desktop and is slim due to the orientation of the 5.25" drive.

Cons: Very, very bad ventilation. I have had 3 hard drives fail due to over heating in this case when I had both internal bays filled. There is a dead spot just where the internal bays are with no air movement.
About 6 months in, one rear fan died. Not really a big deal, since this happens sometimes even with the more expensive brands.
After over a year of use, the power supply suddenly gave up with some smoke, though the PSU fan is still working. Scared the heck out of me. I have had power supplies fail before, but they never smoked when they did.

Other Thoughts: OK cheap case. Don't push it too hard or stuff too much in it though. I was running a Athlon 2000 with 2 Maxtor drives (they are known to run somewhat warmer than other brands) and I had problems.

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  • Adam S.
  • 10/26/2006 12:34:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat HTPC case

Pros: Good looking case, compact size.

I was concerned that I would have heat issues with this case, but after adding an 80mm fan to the front of the case, heat has been an issue at all with a 3.2ghz Pentium D.

Cons: Everything is REALLY tight in the case, but it does fit. However, changing RAM on my motherboard is a pain because I have to take off the front of the case, swing the optical drive cage out of the way, and then replace the RAM. Fortunately, I don't do that very often.

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  • Nathaniel M.
  • 9/28/2006 5:02:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery nice small-form case

Pros: This case looks absolutely beautiful. Especially when you turn it on and the blue front LED glows. This case is very nice for a small case, and is incredibly easy to service. Day-to-day work can be done without any tools to access hardware.

Cons: You may find that a 200 watt power supply is a little weak for your needs. It should be plenty for the type of stuff that will fit in this case. Remember, it's designed to be smaller.

Other Thoughts: The images shown both on Newegg and the manufacturer's website are not detailed enough. There is a clear plastic rim around the front outside edge. Also, the optical drive cover is designed to be a pass-through type.

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  • Darrin T.
  • 9/7/2006 8:38:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice case

Pros: This case is a very nice case. The case is small enought to fit on a desktop or a shelf. It has a nice layout. It's front bezel is designed so that the drives, and USB ports are concealed nicely. Sturdy design also.

Cons: Shoulde be packed a bit better, mine arrived w/a decent sized dent in the back end causing one of the side panel screws to not work properly

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