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Review: NAYA Design cristO Classic

by Bob Crabtree on 11 December 2002, 00:00

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Case Details

First Impressions

So packaging aside I wanted to get a look at this case as I knew relatively little about it, apart from it was perspex and aluminium in build. My first reaction to the case was WOW , most of the case is clear perspex with aluminium sections at the base, front and rear. This gives a view of all of the internals of the case not just a small section like with a case window. The second thing I noticed was the slightly upside down approach in the design of the case , as you can see the power supply is mounted at the bottom of the case and the drive bays are also at the bottom of the case. I was very interested to see how this would affect the practicalities of using the case. This case is a mid tower ATX case, it has plenty of drive space with three 5 and 1/4 bays , 1 external floppy bay and 4 hard disc bays.

Getting inside

Getting inside the case is very simple first off there is a lock at the rear of the case that keeps the side panel in place and prevents anybody tinkering with the internals. The side panel is an all perspex affair that slides off to the rear of the case in a very smooth action. There is a little recessed section to aid its removal. The right hand panel is the only removable section , the other panel is firmly glued into place. I was worried that this would mean fitting everything was going to be a nightmare, but Naya had clearly thought about this, on the left hand side there are some carefully positioned holes that allow access to all the screw points in the drive bays When it came to fitting the motherboard again this is very easy , there is lots of space inside the case and the lack of a removable motherboard tray is not a hindrance. The motherboard is mounted on little spacers which are easily moved and attached to allow for different types of motherboard. Here is where you run into the first problem with the case , the atx plate is screwed in by two small screws it is completly custom for this case and of course will only fit certain motherboards. With more and more motherboards having different arrangements of outputs on the back panel this is a problem. if your motherboard is slightly different you will have to remove the plate entirely which doesnt look very nice.

Picture of the ATX panel

Fitting the drives is relatively simple but the hard disc fitting is slightly fiddly on the left hand side as you have to get the screw in place without dropping it into the case. I took several attempts before finally getting it in place. There are plenty of PCI slots spare and they are easy to access with the side panel removed, I would have preferred to see thumbscrews instead of normal screws. Note there are no blanking plates for slots not used. This isnt a problem really but it can look untidy with all the gaps.