Platinum XP

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SUMMARY: A good case for the money.

Platinum XP

7.75″w x 17″h x 18.75″d; 4 x 5.25 External Drive Bays ;1 x 3.5 External Drive Bay ;4 x 3.5 Internal Drive Bays; 2 x 80mm Front and Rear Fans

The good guys at Exotic PC were kind enough to send a sample of the Platinum XP PC Case. This case has some features worth noting:

  • Side Panels with Thumb Screws (very handy)
  • Two-Speed Fan Switch (for noise control)
  • Digital Thermometer for CPU (or anything else)
  • CD Drive Bay Covers (keeps the silver look)
  • 2 USB, 1 Firewire Front Ports (nice to haves)

The inside front

Front

features an internal drive cage that is removable – there are four screws that secure it to the case. The cage is spring-loaded on one side so that you only have to bolt drives on one side. This means you only have to take off the left side cover to remove a drive.

The front intake fan panel under the drive cage is clean – it would not take much to fit a 120mm fan/radiator here. The front panel is screwed onto the case – no quick removal feature.

The inside rear

Rear

shows the usual stuff plus the rear exhaust fan (these are labelled “FU” – made by a company called “Fukuroyo” – interesting how some things translate). Note that the fan panel is uncluttered – if you’re handy with a Dremel or jigsaw, I think a small radiator could fit in this space.

The back of the case

Back

shows the rear fan panel that is aching for a mod. The front panel

Front

carries the silver (or platinum) theme nicely. I especially like the CD drive covers – there are a lot of nice looking cases that lose it when you mount putty gray CDs onto something like a black front. The CD covers

Drive Covers

have the open/close button but will not accommodate a volume thumbwheel or earphones. Looking at the cover from the rear

Drive Covers Back

shows a pretty simple setup – a door flap and button. You position the drive so that it is up against the button and that’s it. Last is the LCD Temp Display:

Temp

There is a flat, thin temp probe that can slip under a heatsink to read CPU side core temps (obviously you can use this for about anything). The Turbo switch (remember those?) is not for the motherboard – this is a two speed switch for the front and rear case fans.

It’s a clever idea – the Turbo switches between 5 and 12 volts to the fans. If you want, you can add other fans – no reason why you can’t wire in the CPU fan, especially if you’re one of those whose systems are on 24/7 and you can’t sleep at night (a Delta 38 at 5 volts is pretty quiet).

Setting Up The Case

In working with the case, I noticed the following:

  • The CD and floppy drives require that you remove the front covers – not difficult.
  • The CD flap was sticky – sometimes it stuck open; it should loosen up with use or a dollop of oil wouldn’t hurt.
  • There are no sharp edges to cut yourself.

Overall, OK to set things up – no real surprises.

COOLING PERFORMANCE

Using Digital Doc 5, I monitored interior case temps as shown in the pic below at Idle and while running SiSandra Burn In, with fans at 5 and 12 volts. The system was a P4 1700 cooled with an Intel retail fan on a Gigabyte GA-8SRX.

Probes

Temps were recorded as follows:

Temp Probe

Idle

Idle 2 Turbo

Stress

Stress Turbo

1 Intake

22.4 C

22.0 C

23.0 C

21.9 C

2 Video

35.3 C

34.6 C

38.3 C

37.2 C

3 CPU Intake

24.0 C

23.4 C

26.0 C

23.8 C

4 Exhaust

21.5 C

23.6 C

24.0 C

24.6 C

5 Case Top

25.1 C

25.6 C

28.1 C

27.6 C

6 Hard Drive

28.4 C

28.2 C

29.5 C

27.6 C

7 Case Rear

23.9 C

22.8 C

24.0 C

22.7 C

MBM

36/30 C

36/30 C

47/33 C

47/30 C

Running fans at full bore makes sense when under stress, but the difference at idle is minor – not worth the noise.

Overall, the Platinum XP has some nice features and is easy to set up. At $69, looks like a good case for the money.

Thanks again to Exotic PC for sending this our way.

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