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Conclusion and Thoughts
Overall, I was beyond impressed with Sytrin's Nextherm ICS 8200 case. The design of the case is impeccable, except for the paint, thick grills, and noise. The paint of the case is lacking for a high-end enclosure option, but if you're careful, scratching the surface should not be too much of a problem. The noise can also be a problem for end users requiring minimal noise. If you plan to use this case as a media case or workstation, then I suggest you look at another option. The power supply also performed admirably. Although the system was not overclocked, I still had the 5v VDIMM option enabled on the DFI NF4, drawing a lot of system power while stress testing. The AC Unit, which uses over 50 watts once enabled, was also on during stress testing. This is more than enough evidence that the power supply is a standup product by itself.
The most important aspect of this case was the AC unit. Sytrin really did their homework in turning an average product into a breakthrough product. The AC unit, while not too effective for the CPU, did wonders for my X800XL. It was also able to force my system temps lower than ambient temps, which is a rarity among cases. Combined with the ability to control the AC function, you have yourself a revolutionary product that is sure to cause jealousy among other case manufacturers. My only caveat is the price. Although Sytrin will sell these cases without the included power supply as well, the case alone will be around 250 dollars. While I do see the reasoning behind their price positioning, I'm not so sure I would be willing to eat Top Ramen for three months to lower my system temps. Maybe if John made it for me; he's Chinese and can probably make some mean Top Ramen.
We included the black version that Sytrin sent us earlier as well. We're just trying to be equal. We show no favoritism to color, which is why we included both. The black version is sexy as well.
While I'm nitpicking here, a 120mm fan should really be used in the chassis, at least for the exhaust. This allows for more airflow at lower decibels. The only thing they absolutely need to focus on is the price. At $360 a piece, it's certainly not affordable for the average Joe.
And yes, I do make one mean bowl of Top Ramen.
We would like to thank Sytrin for providing us the sample and being really patient with us. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to hit us up in the forums. You can also check out more of our latest reviews on the front page.