Sytrin Nextherm ICS 8200 Intelligent Midi Tower
Written by Michael Larabel in Enclosures on 23 March 2005. Page 5 of 5. Add A Comment

Conclusion:

Overall, we were very pleased with the results from the Sytrin Nextherm ICS 8200 Intelligent Midi Tower. Not only was the PC AirCon great, but also the chassis and 460W PSU. Sytrin has proved the air cooling market isn't yet saturated; new concepts that make a considerable difference are still being brainstormed among engineers. It will be interesting to see what other designs Sytrin can produce in the coming months. It would be very enticing to have the LCD panel gain a bit more use by perhaps having some additional features such as voltage and RPM monitoring. Only time will tell what we'll be able to see in future Nextherm ICS models. As for the noise produced by this chassis, it is slightly loud but shouldn't be irritating to most people considering the cooling boost. Overall, this is one hell of a case/PSU/TEC cooling combination for any computer enthusiast or gamer. The Sytrin Nextherm isn't out to the general public just yet, but expect it to be reaching the markets very soon. Possibly expect some How-To mod guides coming out at Phoronix in the coming weeks for maximizing the Nextherm ICS 8200 performance to drop the system temperatures even further!


Pros:

· Tool-less case
· High quality construction
· Reliable PSU
· Ability to control the TEC on/off
· LCD Panel & dialed gauge
· Exceptional Cooling Performance
· Great case layout/design
· Classy & contemporary
· 120 Watt TEC
· Enables users to break the air cooling barrier

Cons:

· Noise level can possibly be a concern
· Lack of 3.5" bays
· No Tool-less option for mounting a top fan

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