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Conclusions

Chieftec Dragon is a mid-tower case targeted to the enthusiast that wants a mid-tower case with lots of fans and hard disk drive bays.

Strong Points

  • Five fans (four 120 mm and one 220 mm).
  • Side 220 mm fan that is really a 220 mm fan and not a 190 mm one.
  • Impressive number of hard disk drive bays (six or seven, if you use the 5.25”-to-3.5” adapter).
  • Excellent screwless mechanisms.
  • Dust filters.
  • Meshed bay and slot covers.
  • eSATA port.
  • No live edges where you could cut yourself while building your PC.

Weak Points

  • Too expensive.
  • For the price could have the interior painted black.
  • No speed control for the fans.
  • No anti-vibration mechanisms for the hard disk drives.
  • The two USB ports are too close to each other, preventing you from installing two “fat” USB devices at the same time.

In summary, we were very impressed by Chieftec Dragon. The only real drawback from this product is its price (USD 150), especially when we have CM Storm Scout, a case with an outstanding overall quality being sold for USD 100 (which doesn’t provide the side 220 mm fan though). And for only USD 10 more you can buy the newest full-tower case from Zalman, GS1000 SE. Chieftec needs to lower the price from this product a little bit if they want to stay competitive and improve the cost/benefit ratio from this case.

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Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.