Big Brother or Chieftec fulltower enclosure


    I always approached the question of choosing a case purely pragmatically - the main thing was the ease of assembly and workmanship. Therefore, when the question arose of changing the case, my choice fell on the Chieftec company product, namely Fulltower BA-02B-BB.
    I decided to prepare his short review. Under the cut - an exclusively subjective assessment of the product and a photo of the process of “moving” to the new building.

    Caution, a lot of photos!

    The predecessor, Microtech Bastilia, was bought a very long time ago and has become too cramped for the current configuration:

    It happened in the summer, the heat and hot Q6600@3.2GHz forced literally to “fan itself” with fans:

    However, this did not help much, and the design was quite solid. Therefore, I wanted something big, spacious so that I could forget about changing the case at least for the next 5 years :) After studying the local prices, I opted for Chieftec products - Fulltower Chieftec ATX BA-02B-BB. Here's how it looks in front:

    And behind:

    After a careful inspection, you can notice very solid dimensions, several side ventilation holes (next to the CPU and on the sides of the drive cage), as well as “locks” for locking the side door and front plastic panel.

    The “filling” for him was successfully extracted:

    And I began assembling it. And the first thing I did was to provide cooling of the hard drives.
    To blow them, I purchased two Zalman ZM-F2 (initially there was not a single fan inside the case), which come with anti-vibration silicone mounts and a resistor that reduces rotation speed. The noise from their work when connected through a resistor is at an acceptable (for me) level.
    This is how the fans were mounted on a plastic frame:

    and were installed inside the case:

    The Fultower format makes itself felt - there are as many as 8 seats for 3.5 "winchesters! The basket with disks with max 3 fans is cooled 92x92 mm. Moreover, in my opinion it’s quite effective: there are holes on the side walls of the case, it turns out that the fans pump air flow through. True, with such a scheme, it is worthwhile to provide additional protection against dust.

    The screws are screwless, on a special slide:

    Then mounted the mat. fee. By the way, almost any board will fit into this case - even the E-ATX will be quite comfortable here. Here's what the installed ATX board looks like:

    I want to draw attention to the “correct” plugs for expansion cards - they are made removable and not “disposable”, which is very useful when changing the configuration. On the back wall, just opposite the CPU cooler, there is a place for 120 mm. fan - I put the Zalman ZM-F3 there, which also slowed down.
    Now - put the optical drives. To do this, wrap the complete bolts in the standard holes:

    And we move the drive in the connector "until the click." Such a mounting system makes a characteristic sound:

    The drives are fixed quite rigidly.
    In my opinion, the storage location of the bolts was very successful:

    And do not get lost, and always in sight! In terms of quantity - there are enough of them here, enough to fill probably all 5.25 "compartments (of which there are as many as 6 pieces!). But the metal plugs at the seats are made on the contrary, breakable, which I don’t support - however, this trivia.
    Here's what the complete system looks like:

    Obviously, no “hidden” cable management, however, when using cable ties, there is enough space for ventilation.
    Final photos - in comparison with the predecessor:

    And the view of the workplace (19 "monitor):

    As you can see, the case stands on wide plastic legs. If desired, instead of them, you can adapt the furniture wheels - you get a “mobile” systematic :)

    In general, the sensations from the case are very positive:
    + thoughtfulness in the details;
    + excellent workmanship
    + the ability to build an effective (and more or less quiet) cooling system;
    + convenience of mounting equipment;
    + ability to accommodate almost any equipment;
    + "Little thing" like a lock from the wall.
    And all this at an affordable price (approx. 3,500 rubles).

    Of course, there are drawbacks - for example, sometimes the side walls of the body "enter into resonance" and begin to rattle systematically, but this happens very rarely. And even then, there are probably ways to somehow damp out such vibrations. Well, the dimensions of many will push away - not everyone will agree to such a "bandura" :)

    My verdict - I recommend!

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