MGE Quantum


This is one of the coolest cases we’ve ever tested—literally

Month Reviewed: February 2005
Verdict: 8

The Quantum is a serious enclosure that is both quite large and jam-packed with features. This full-size ATX case is made entirely of steel, so you probably won’t be toting it around to LAN parties. But the upside of its heavy metal construction is sturdiness.

The front bezel is a two-piece design. The outer door contains a system-monitoring LCD display, and when opened reveals four 5.25-inch bays, two 3.5-inch bays, and the power switch. A second door swings open for easy drive installation. With both doors closed, the bezel can be locked shut to prevent unauthorized access, which is a great security feature.

With a twiddle of two thumbscrews, both of the ventilated side doors pop off to reveal an extremely spacious interior. Drive installation is mostly tool-less, with snap-on rails used for both optical and magnetic drives. Two 3.25-inch bays in the standard location require screws. Below these bays is another side-facing bay that holds all the plastic rails in little trays. If you remove the trays, the space can accommodate an additional three 3.25-inch drives, although there are only enough extra hard drive rails included for two drives (oddly, rails for up to six optical drives are included). PCI slots use a tool-less locking mechanism that holds cards very securely.

Cooling is not a problem, as the Quantum includes a total of five fans. There are three 80mm fans—one down in front, one on top, one near the CPU—and two 92mm units mounted on a swing-out door that covers the entire left-side of the interior. All fans plug into to a convenient seven-fan connector mounted inside the case, so there’s even room for two additional fans, not that you’d ever need them.

Now for the bad news: The case comes with no documentation. Furthermore, there is no “support” for the Quantum case on the company’s web site, and calls to the support center were not returned. Who needs support for a case? You will. The front LCD panel lets you tweak numerous settings as well as control fan speeds, but without instructions, you’ll have a hard time figuring out how to implement these features. --Josh Norem

+ Black steel: Obscene cooling, locking panels, tool-less.

- Blue steel: Largely useless front panel, no tech support.

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