MGE Viper: Another Xtreme Gamer Creationby Purav Sanghani on December 18, 2004 5:14 PM EST
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IntroductionOur first look at an MGE case was the Sidewinder in their Xtreme Gamer line of gaming chassis. For about $57, at the time of publication of this article, we can get a case with a few modifications like a side panel window, a few LED fans to light things up, a high gloss paint finish, and an optional power supply from MGE. This is not a bad deal for those seeking a simple steel case with a few custom modifications to add some glamour to their desktops.
Some, however, look at these factory modifications and make their decisions based on only the modifications instead of the overall quality of the chassis. We should always look at a product as a whole to make decisions on what to buy.
We have had a chance recently to look at another gaming chassis from MGE's XGbox division, the Viper. We opened the box and found a case heavily modified with a custom paint job, custom molded bezel and many other features. Take a look at some of the pros and cons of the Viper.
|+ Integrated backlit LCD temperature display
+ Included Vigor 450W power supply
+ Clean construction, no sharp edges
|- Lack of tool-less features
- External visuals may not appeal to some
- Power/HDD LED location
As we get ready to dig deeper into the Viper, we must keep in mind that looks aren't everything, as we hope everyone understands, and that you wait to make a decision until the end of this review, after we have checked out all of the Viper's features and functions in detail.
More information is available on the Viper at MGE's XGbox website.