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Enermax Ostrog Midi Tower PC Case Review

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   So far 2013 hasn't been any different compared to 2012 and so many people i know have a really hard time spending money on PC hardware and who can blame them with the current state of the economy? However you don't necessarily need to pay much to get something good and PC cases is perhaps the only area where casual users can cut down on the cost and not notice any serious impact in the overall performance of their systems. Personally I’ve always favored full towers because of their interior space since that means making my job/life easier when working with them (it also means that i can fit even the largest components in them) but for casual users and gamers midi towers like the latest Ostrog by Enermax which we have here with us today not only cost significantly less but can also come in handy when placed in tight spaces.

 

   Enermax Technology Corporation is a world-renowned PC Power Supply Unit manufacturer. Since our establishment in 1990, we provide power supply products and peripherals like chassis, cooler, fan and keyboard with excellent quality and have won recognitions of consumers around the world. ENERMAX products are recommended by worldwide reviewers, and certain were granted by iF, Red Dot, Good Design and Taiwan Excellence Awards. Those are proven evidence of our top-notch quality and design competency recognized by the professionals. To develop an intensive sales network and better service customers around the world, Enermax has set up branch offices in Germany, France, U.S.A., Japan and China. We also have service offices and distributors in countries across Europe, America, Asia and Oceania. Our farsighted R & D capability is our key strength. The elite teams of Enermax always strive to come up with the best and most satisfactory PSU, thermal solution and peripheral products with cutting-edge design that meets the needs of the market and customers. We will stick to our R & D spirits of “Technology Innovation” and “Quality First” to constantly create products which transcend international standard and requirements to keep up on our product and brand value as well as competitive edge.

 

   Ever since Enermax started the design and manufacture of PC cases they made it clear that this particular product line is aimed towards casual users and gamers and so the introduction of the rather mainstream Ostrog midi tower a while ago was not unexpected. Luckily Enermax gave the Ostrog good looks and a few very convenient and useful features such as a tool-less drive design, ability to add up to a total of 7 fans for excellent airflow levels and plenty of room for the tallest CPU Coolers and longest Graphics Cards. Features aside however the Ostrog follows the typical size limitations most midi towers have and so it's ATX/M-ATX compatible and has a total of 7 PCI expansion slots. But let’s take a closer and more in-depth look on what the budget oriented Ostrog (ECA3250) midi tower by Enermax has to offer.

 

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Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago by LaPlamis #827
Nice case....Not very small nor very large.....Wish it was available in pink
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago by ispasion22 #823
I prefer the classics of Antec or Fractal models because they are already upgraded with each release and can be found everywhere.
The others would be less accessible and at higher prices, without making a difference.
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago by dacul #818
Here is a good case. Still i don't like the position of the front panel ports.
www.nzxt.com/product/detail/120-H630.html
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago by ispasion22 #813
Unfortunately there is no perfect case.
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago by Freedom #805
MadChoppa wrote:
freedom wrote:
Well USb ports at the top are convenient but you do have to worry about dust. However it's not hard to use a plastic cover or something over it, there are plenty around.

Some thoughts about convenience of usb ports, power/reset buttons and outs placing. Did you notice that placing them on top of the case is convenient only if the case is placed on the floor(or under the desk)(,where it accumulates LOTS of dust). While placing case on desk, especially if interior is eye-catching/modded, with such ports/buttons layout seems very inconvenient. Did I missed something?


Well 9 out of 10 people i know place their towers on the ground next to their screens so the I/O at the top is the best solution for them.
For people who place their towers on their desks side/front USB ports would be easier to use but we are not talking about a full tower, the Ostrog is quite short so it should be quite easy to use the top I/O.
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago by MadChoppa #801
freedom wrote:
Well USb ports at the top are convenient but you do have to worry about dust. However it's not hard to use a plastic cover or something over it, there are plenty around.

Some thoughts about convenience of usb ports, power/reset buttons and outs placing. Did you notice that placing them on top of the case is convenient only if the case is placed on the floor(or under the desk)(,where it accumulates LOTS of dust). While placing case on desk, especially if interior is eye-catching/modded, with such ports/buttons layout seems very inconvenient. Did I missed something?
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago by ana3mic #796
Thanks for the review, looks like a nice budget case. As for the dust my 690 II has the USBs on top and I never covered them, still working with no problems.
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago by dacul #761
Decent i'd say. I like those simple designs and sturdy cases.Ostrog fits on that category. Great job with the review.
Posted: 1 year, 8 months ago by Freedom #490
Well USb ports at the top are convenient but you do have to worry about dust. However it's not hard to use a plastic cover or something over it, there are plenty around.
Posted: 1 year, 8 months ago by mrcapncaveman #489
I just received this case (with side window) for my next build. looking forward to it. I may go AMD on this one to keep the costs down a bit, I prefer Intel but it makes a huge hole in my wallet for months to come... How do you feel about USB ports on the top of the chassis? I always feel concerned about dust getting inside of them and building up. I leave flash drives in them just to avoid it.