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Akasa Raptor review

Tom Morgan
24 Mar 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
46
inc VAT

If you can look past its external appearance, the Raptor is a versatile budget case with a lot of high end features.

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Specifications

It doesn’t have a particularly stylish exterior, but Akasa’s Raptor case has an impressive interior design. The all-black chassis looks excellent and not something we would expect from a budget case.

Akasa Raptor

With seven 3.5in drive bays, only two of which are external, there’s plenty of room for hard disks and the quick release caddies make it easy to add more. Two of the four external 5.25in drive bays have hinged covers that can cover up your optical drives, but all four have tool-free retaining brackets. The I/O panel is beneath the external drive bays and contains two USB ports, an eSATA port and audio in/out jacks.

Two 120mm fans are provided, which should be enough to cool a basic system. If you need more cooling power there are mounts for a further three. A larger 140mm fan can be installed in the roof of the case and two 120mm fans added to the side panel will cool the processor and expansion cards.

Akasa Raptor interior

It was easy to tame cables using the three large pre-cut holes in the motherboard tray. A larger gap in the tray itself provides easy access to the processor backing plate if you want to install a large tower-style CPU cooler. Power and SATA cables are kept clear of any expansion cards because the hard disks are mounted sideways rather than in parallel to the rest of the case.

It won’t win any style awards, but a well-thought-out interior and plenty of cooling potential makes the Raptor a great budget case.

Details

Price£46
Rating****
AwardN/A
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Ports

USB ports2
Total Firewire ports0
Total eSATA ports1
Headphone portyes
Microphone portyes

Physical

Size200x430x476mm
Weight6.2kg
Internal Drive bays 3 1/2in6
5.25in drive bays4
Fan mounts4x 120mm, 1x 140mm
Fans supplied2x 120mm

PSU

Supplied PSUno
StandardN/A
FansN/A
Power supply wattageN/A
Motherboard connectorN/A

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£46
Supplierhttp://www.scan.co.uk
Detailswww.akasa.co.uk

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