Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The BlacX Edition V9 comes with a shape very reminiscent of the Antec 900, but don't let the shape fool you. The shape of the top and the all mesh front is where the similarities stop. On the outside of the V9 the plastic of the top and the trim on the front are both textured to pair better with the flat black paint that covers all of the steel body and doors, inside and out. With a 230mm fan behind the Dual Bay Docking Station you get great ventilation with a super cool added feature utilizing room often left empty. While the specs show that these docks fit 3.5" drives, they also accept 2.5" drives as well. The left side panel has both a slanted, rectangular window, and it gets paired with a design stamped into the door. This stamped mesh design along with the window give the case the reason for the "X" in BlacX.
With four 5.25" covers on the front of the case, the specs showing only compatibility for three threw me off my game for a second. I then realized the top drive bay has the bottom of the Dock blocking part of it, and you also need room for the wiring. All three of the open bays utilize a tool-less locking device to lock the drives in. Under these you will then find room for up to five 3.5" hard drives with similar tool-less locks. Between the two are two floppy drive bays that go behind the adapter covers in the front bezel. The motherboard tray does not go to the floor and offers an easy way to run wires at the bottom of the chassis. As for the tray itself, there is a CPU access hole along with four places to tie the wiring down on the right side of the tray. In the back of the case you will find the 120mm exhaust fan with a pair of water cooling holes just above it. The lower half is made up of the seven expansion slots and their tool-less latches.
Paired with the 120mm exhaust fan that gets rated at 1300 RPM with 17 dBA of noise is another 120mm in the front, and the 230mm fan at the top. The 120mm in the front has a dust filter built in, blue LEDs, runs at 1000 RPM and puts out only 16 dBA of noise. The top 230mm fan does a good job of removing heat while it spins at 800 RPM and offers the lowest noise level in the trio at 14 dBA. I have to say things are really looking good for a silent, yet effective cooling solution; something my Antec 900 was not capable of at all.
Searching as I type this out, I am seeing a ton of stores carrying stock of the V9 BlacX, so you won't have any issue at all if you want to buy one. With pricing set at $99.99 at Newegg.com it leaves it on the higher end of average pricing that I saw. With some Googling you should be able to still find a reputable dealer and save a few dollars too if you would like. To sort of put this pricing into a better perspective, I looked for dual bay hard drive docks. Even the cheap ones are in the $30 price range and more specifically, the BlacX Dual Bay Dock from Thermaltake demands over $60. So in essence, you are paying a bit more for the chassis, but with a $60 addition, the dual Bay Dock is almost a free addition for the near $100 USD price point. I feel very comfortable at this point about the pricing, but let's dig a bit deeper and see if anything changes my mind.
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