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Saturday, January 04, 2014

Sharkoon Bulldozer ATX Chassis Review


Sharkoon Bulldozer Featured
Sharkoon are not what I would call most people’s first choice when it comes to picking a new chassis, at least not here in the UK. However, we’ve seen a couple of Sharkoon products in the eTeknix office over the last couple of years that really impressed us, not only for being great cases, but also because they offered great value for money. This has left us eager to see more from Sharkoon and today we will be taking a look at their new Bulldozer chassis, a budget friendly ATX chassis that is available in a choice of three colours. Blue, Green or Red LED edition are available, with the blue model coming in a grey chassis, while the green and red LED models come in a black chassis.
Priced at just under £50 the Bulldozer is far from expensive, making it a prime pick for those looking for a cost-effective build, but still pack plenty of features without dipping down to cheap chassis brands. As you can see from the specification below, the Bulldozer has support for a decent amount of storage, while supporting long graphics cards thanks to a removable hard drive bay, it features a side panel window, cable routing and pre-installed fans.
Features:
  • ATX case
  • 2x 5.25″ drive bays (external), 1 mounting adapter for 2.5″ and 3.5″ HDD/SSD included
  • 4x 2.5″ HDD/SSD bays (rail type) with removable design
  • 3x 3.5″ HDD bays (rail type)
  • 1x 2.5″ HDD/SSD bay (screw type)
  • Front I/O: 2x USB3.0 (internal 19-pin mainboard connector), 2x USB2.0, 2x audio
  • Quick fasteners
  • 2 openings for water cooling
  • Acrylic side panel
  • Cable management system
  • Supports VGA cards up to 32.5 cm in length (up to 41.5 cm, if middle HDD cage is removed)
  • Dimensions: 480 x 235 x 460 mm (L x W x H)
  • Weight: ~6.5 kg
Fan configuration:
Front panel 1x 120 mm LED fan (pre-installed) + 1x 120 mm fan (optional)
Rear panel 1x 120 mm LED fan (pre-installed)
Top panel 2x 120 mm or 2x 140 mm or 1x 180 mm fan(s) (optional)
Compatibility:
Max. length graphics card: 32.5/41.5 cm (if middle HDD cage is removed)
Max. height CPU cooler: 17.9 cm
Max. length PSU: 30 cm
The packaging features a decent representation of the chassis design on the front, as well as highlighting a few of the major features such as the USB 3.0 support, dual 5.25″ drive bays, cable routing and the side panel window.
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In the box we found a small pack of components that includes hard drive rails for 3.5″ and 2.5″ drives, a user guide, 5.25″ front panel adapter, internal speaker, cable ties, and all the usual screws, bolts and some washers to install the rest of your components.
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