Enermax CS5190AL-061 Black Aluminum Case

Rating: Needs some work


During one my all too frequent visits to a local computer store I was browsing over the shelves with computer cases, when suddenly one case really caught my eye. My first reaction was “Wow, now that is one slick looking computer case!” Some of the features that made this case so unusual were the high-gloss lacquer finish, the slanted front panel with several dials and ports, the plexiglas window, and the aluminum insides. Of course I had to get my hands on one of these to get a closer look, and Todd at CoolerGuys was nice enough to hook me up with a review model.

Before we crack the case open and go into the details, let’s take a quick look at the specs:As you can see from this first shot, this case looks very unusual. It has a very distinctive and stylish high-tech look.


Case Type Midtower
Case Dimensions 8″ x 24.4″ x 16.8″ (W) x (D) x (H)
Weight 8.5 Kilos
Color Black
Drive Bays 10 (4 5 inch, 6 3 inch)
Fan Mounts 7 (one 80mm front, two 60mm rear, two 120mm side, two 80mm side), 5 fans included
Power Supply none
Features Front accessible USB, Firewire, Joystick, Audio ports, Volume dial
Case temperature probe with front mounted LCD
3 manual fan speed dials
Large sidepanel window
Lightweight aluminum frame
Removable motherboard tray

In this frontal shot you can get a good impression of the front panel layout. On the right are the casters, the cable that helps route the various ports from the back to the front, and a nice plastic case with an assortment of screws, spacers, and washers.

The side panel contains a large plexiglass window, allowing a good view into the case. You can see the mounting panels for the side fans and the aluminum frame.

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