Globalwin 8850 Aluminum Case Review
Case Dimensions: 440x192x430 (mm)
Chassis Material: Aluminum
5.25" Bays Exposed: 4
3.5" Bays Exposed: 2
3.5" Bays Hidden: 2
I/O Slots: 7
Net Weight: 4.6KG
Gross Weight: 5.6KG
- Easy to install, practically no screwing required.
- Simple yet attractive design.
- 4 drive bays.
- Roomy design; good airflow.
- Light weight.
- Non-conductive motherboard supports would have been better
- Drive Bay mechanisms are a little frail
Globalwin is certainly not a new name in the PC industry. These guys were one of the original pioneers when it comes to cooling solutions for overclocking CPU’s, and to this date they still offer a great range of coolers for the overclocker.
Today, however, I am looking at a somewhat new side to GlobalWin products; PC casing. Cases for computers only recently became a viable market for PC companies to target, and like many other DIY related PC markets it is rapidly growing. Now that PC users are noticing the benefits of a good case, the future seems bright for companies like Globalwin.
GlobalWin have established themselves as a quality PC thermal cooling business with more than 7 years experience. As mentioned above, they offer a wide range of cooling products to suit the average PC user to the hardcore overclocker. Globalwin’s market doesn’t end there, they also offer a range of cases to suit all PC users.
Most of the Globalwin cases are aluminum with sleek designs. These probably appeal to the mobile gamer more because of their sheer light weight and ease of transport, not to mention their value.
The 8850 Aluminum case
The 8850 is certainly not a case designed for dual power supplies, 14 fans, an oversized motherboard with cables everywhere. It is primarily designed for the average PC user looking for a simple yet effective solution. The weight is a great aspect for mobile gamers, never again will carting your box to the next LAN be a hassle.
Expanding on the specs, the obvious standout figures here are the weight (as respect to the material) and the drive bays for both 5.25″ and 3.5″ devices. 5.6KG Gross weight is remarkably light, which is purely based on the fact it is made from aluminum. Having 4 5.25″ drive bays means there will be plenty of room for CDROM/HDD expansion. The 2 hidden 3.5″ bays are of course for the internal hard drives, while the 2 external 3.5″ bays are for floppy/zip drives etc.
This case has respectable dimensions of 440x192x430 mm. Although this is nothing to write home about, it is more than adequate for the majority of systems. As far as I’m concerned, this case has a perfect balance; large enough for all purposes yet small enough for tucking away into any office/bedroom etc area.
Due to the well designed interior, this case allows for an uncluttered and clean flow of air on the system. The impression of having much more room than the specifications say is apparent here, especially in the drive bay area’s. The motherboard used in this test, the Abit BP6 (dual Socket 370), is quite large, however this case allowed for ample space between the motherboard and the device bays. Globalwin have done a good job in the designing and layout.
Globalwin Case Installation:
Installation is perhaps the strongest aspect of this case, with very little in the way of hassles at all.
The motherboard plate supports quite a unique method of motherboard installation. Where most cases use an excessive amount of screws to lock the motherboard down into place, this case only requires two at most. The way this can be achieved is with these little support stands included with the case:
This allows you to simply place the motherboard on top of the supports, making sure they line up with the holes in the board. Of course, you will still need to screw in at least one hole, as these supports don’t actually go through the holes, they simply rest on them. Without a secured screw the board will surely fall out.
Since their metal, placing one in an incorrect location could result in motherboard damage, as it will be in contact with an unprotected area of the motherboard. Although this is a pretty common threat with most cases, perhaps non-conductive supports would have resulted in safer installation.
Don’t think Globalwin have stopped the “screwless” notion there, they have also attempted to eliminated screws in the drive bay installation process. Yes that’s right, no more screws falling down those awkward holes, no more woes about screw size relative to the HDD/CDROM holes and no more time consuming drive swapping. With a few simple latches your drive bay devices will be secure in the matter of seconds.
Being plastic, they aren’t the toughest mechanisms, so using the available screw holes will certainly help keep the drive bay devices locked in with more force. This does mean the mechanisms aren’t all that useful, but they do an adequate job independantly.
Overall installation was easy, quick and somewhat interesting.
Included with the case is an 80mm fan sitting below the area designated for the power supply unit. Besides the PSU fan, that’s the only noise source this case produces, so the noise level generated is more than bearable. Although a few 120mm fans will give a lower system temperature, the good design of this case allows for efficient air flow therefore making a load of fans pointless for most users. If you couldn’t care less about noise then you might have to whip out the dremel, as there are no designated area’s for more fans.
Globalwin have done a great job keeping this case practical, efficient, visually pleasant, easy to use and simply an all round winner. There was only very few issues with this case, and they were all relatively minor.
Although there will be people out there who only look for full sized towers with ample room for countless fan upgrades, I believe this case will suit the majority of users and I recommend it to my fullest extent.