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Technical Data - Aplus Blockbuster II BM und TACens THECA

HTPC Barebone

Technische Daten
Manufacturer APlus TACens
Model Blockbuster II BM THECA
Price  70 Euro  60 Euro
Motherboard Form Factor Micro-ATX Micro-ATX
Expansion Slots 4 x 4 x
5.25" Bays (external) 2 x 2 x
3.5" Bays (external) 1 x1 x
3.5" Bays (internal) 2 x 2 x
Front Connectors 1 IEEE1394a, 2 x USB
2 x Sound
1 IEEE1394a, 2 x USB
2 x Sound
Fan Mount Points 3 x 3 x
Preinstalled Fans 1 x 80 mm 3 x 80 mm, 1 x 120 mm
Height 247 mm 233 mm
Width 295 mm 295 mm
Length 385 mm 348 mm
Weight (without PSU) 5,70 kg 5,70 kg
Material Aluminium + Plastic Aluminium + Plastic

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  • weeboll
    reading that makes me pleased i went for an Antec NSX 1300. more compact, good cooling, better looks, very solidly built - its down side is the nonstandard psu and lack of front facing 3.5" bay for a card reader but i'd reccommend it over any of the reviewed cases!
  • nafurahi
    I will be building a micro-atx based box soon Lian-Li v300 for the same price as these looks like much better value