THE AOPEN HX45 MID-TOWER COMPUTER
Last updated: 2/3/98
supplies. The case can be ordered with a 235 Watt ATX or
200 Watt PS/2 power supply; the ATX supply being the most common. The
ATX power supply exhausts air from the chassis and does not direct it in
and towards the back of the motherboard for CPU cooling as preferred in
specification--no big deal; I feel more secure with quality
CPU fans and motherboards with temperature monitoring anyway. The
ATX power supply is almost whisper quiet yet, by feeling the back, it is
obvious to me it is pumping an ample amount of air through the chassis.
HX45 accommodates both ATX and Baby AT motherboards. If you use a Baby
AT motherboard be sure it has an ATX connector or order the case, if you
can, with a Baby AT power supply. You might consider the BG45
case for a Baby AT motherboard or replacing the motherboard. I
would replace the motherboard.
hardware is complete and well-packaged. There is even a zip-tie to
bundle the cables going from the motherboard to the front panel. The
case includes four rubber feet which are easily and securely fastened with
plastic pins instead of less reliable adhesive backing. It includes
two I/O back panels which should accommodate most ATX motherboards. The
I/O panel is nicely labeled and is easily and securely attached with a single
screw. There are ample chassis knock-outs for Baby AT motherboard connectors
and for multi-media I/O implemented on some ATX motherboards.
does an excellent job of packing their cases, This case normally comes
wrapped in plastic in the "small box." The packing consists
of two thick, well-made, styrofoam restrainers which are not easily broken
when carefully lifting a computer, made with the case, and easing it into
the box. The box is well-made and will survive most shipping conditions. An
optional "large box" or all-in-one carton is available. It
has room for a keyboard, mouse, software, and accessories.
minor annoyance, which is present in all of the AOpen cases I
have used, is the four-pin connector for the front panel hard disk LED. I
really don't understand why Acer uses a four-pin connector when only two
of them are wired for the LED. The connector works fine if you are
using an AOpen motherboard; to connect it to most other motherboards, one
must cut the connector longitudinally in half--I use diagonal cutters.
all AOpen cases, this case includes a exploded diagram and by-the-numbers
18.48 LBS. Gross 20.68 LBS.
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