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Compucase CI-6919 in the test: A new midi tower for the upper class

Compucase CI-6919 in the test: A new midi tower for the upper class

Equipment

The CI- 6919 is still a midi tower case, but it already competes with a normal big tower. The housing has the dimensions 210x540x480 mm (width x height x depth) and weighs a good 12kg. Four 5.25 'drives and six 3.5' drives, two of which are externally accessible, can be installed.

Comparable to the CS-601, the 3.5 'slots are designed as a removable cage. However, 'rubber parts' have been integrated into the CI-6919. This is supposed to protect both the hard disk from impacts and that The drive cages can also be screwed to the housing. Interesting for users who frequently transport their housing and are afraid that the cage could come loose. The actual lock is held in position by a spring and not by a notch like the CS-601. Also, the designers have not forgotten the option of integrating fans. The lower hard drive cage has a snap-in bracket for 80mm fans, and there is another under the cage Back There is also a 120mm blowhole with snap-in fan holder available, with which the use of a very quiet fan is possible.

Detail: lower front blowhole
Lower hard disk cage
Drive rails
Cages with screw holes
12 cm blowhole
5.25 'drive cage

Anyone who passes a lot of air through their housing for cooling knows the annoying dust problem: more or less fine dust settles everywhere and can lead to malfunctions in an emergency. With the CI-6919, this has been taken into account and a washable dust filter has been integrated into the housing. The filter is located in the lower part of the plastic front panel and can be exposed in a few simple steps. The filter itself is a synthetic material toff grille, which is firmly glued to a panel part, has a very tight mesh and thus also holds back fine dust. This means that the two blowholes on the front are completely covered by the filter without unnecessarily hindering the airflow. At the bottom of the front of the case you can find the port kit, which only has two USB ports and one audio input and output. At Low-Noise , however, you can purchase an extension that adds a Firewire port to the existing port kit. In contrast to the Noblesse case, no drive bay is blocked and the connections inside are not bundled on a slot plate. The user is faced with the task of finding the appropriate plug connections on his board and then providing them with the connections.

Front panel
Back of front panel
Front panel and filter
Detail: Portkit interior view
Connection cable port kit

The interior of the CI-6919 is very stable and all edges are rounded or flanged. Small downer: the slot brackets can only be broken out and there are no covers to close any openings. The housing has integrated plastic feet that snap into place after turning 45 °. The connection panel is properly attached with two screws and shows which connection is used for what, both in color and with a pictogram. The lettering inside the housing is particularly interesting. The screw holes for floppy (FDD) and hard disk (HDD) are marked on the 3.5 'cages. Markings for the different board sizes are also found on the mainboard holder side, so that the mounting of the studs is well supported. Of course, must you can still check whether a stud bolt has not been used too much and is leading to short circuits on the underside of the mainboard.

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Detail: Damping hard disk cage

Another aspect is that only the left The side wall can be opened Both the cover and the right side wall are riveted to the housing and can only be removed using a drill or the like. This gives the CI-6919 a very high level of stability, which is also supported by the two generously designed cross struts. The handle in the left side door, which is held by two thumbscrews, only functions as a handle and has no latch or lock function as in the CS-601. In order to be able to lock the housing, an enclosed metal eyelet must be screwed tightly to the housing from the inside, through which access to the inside of the computer is then blocked with a padlock. Since the CI-6919 does not have a lockable front door, the mounting rails for the 5.25 'drives can also be screwed to the cage so that nobody can remove them from the computer without using force.

Lock holder
Detail: lock holder
Power switch and LEDs

One more word about the front panel: Since this can be opened by hand from below to access the filter, you have to lift the Be careful when you touch the front of the computer with a sweeping grip, it can happen that you only hold the front panel in your hand, above the recessed and thus well protected The power LED and the drive LED are located on the front of the housing. In between residesReset button that is almost too well protected. The reset button can only be pressed with a narrow object such as a pen. However, as with the Noblesse case, accidental triggering is impossible.

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