A+ Case Black Pearl WCR Edition ATX Case
Published: 18th June 2007 | Source: APlus Case | Price: |Introduction & Specs
When talking about high-quality aluminium PC cases the usual candidates to pop up are Silverstone, Lian Li and Coolermaster. All of these companies have been around for a long time and offer some of the best looking and well built cases available on the market. Enthusiasts in particular have taken a shine to Lian Li's PC-70 and PC-G70 cases as they offer uncomplicated looks along with an amazingly high build quality and masses of room for water cooling installations. Up until now very few companies have put forward any serious contenders for these iconic cases, but that could be all about to change...
Just over a week ago I was contacted by a company called A+ Case (or A+Case if you know what superscript is for!) and asked if I'd be interested in reviewing the latest revision of their flagship case: the "Black Pearl WCR Edition". Designed to go head-to-head with some of the highest-quality cases on the market at the moment, the Black Pearl WCR Edition is water cooling ready (hence WCR), constructed entirely out of aluminium and has all the features you'd expect from a top-end case.
Searching the internet didn't really turn up much information about A+Case the company, but from their homepage we can see that they are part of the MaxPoint group who are also responsible for well known companies such as Tagan and Icybox. Finding information on the case also proved to be equally as difficult, with the WCR edition of the case not even being listed on Maxpoint or APlus Case's website (most probably due to its recent release). However, the Black Pearl WCR Edition does have an elder brother with very similar specs, and a combination of these specs and the ones found on the WCR Edition's box can be seen below:
|The Black Pearl is the perfect case for all high end gamers, also for servers and state of the art design offices. Durable high end black aluminium case with acrylic front display showing temperature and adjustable fan speed. Up to 8 cooled hidden hard disks fit inside with enough space in between and rubber supported. Upside down mainboard design for better cooling of cards, because the components are not hanging down anymore. Seperated power supply and hard disk area at the bottom for better cooling of the whole system and lower noise. Two 120 mm fans for a perfect front to backside cooling are also integrated, including a CPU air vent in the back. Removable hard disk cages, screwless disk device system and special side door opening-mechanism for easy installation.|
• Professional water cooling ready case.
• High class aluminium construction
• Aluminium mesh side window
• Blue illuminated Aplus logo, blue LEDs and backlit power and reset button
• Adjustable 4-channel fan controller with fan speed and temperature display
• Total of 15 drive bays
• 2 x USB 2.0, 2 x audio and 1 x firewire connectors are on top
• Up to 8 x anti-vibration rubber mounted hard disk cooled by a 120 mm fan
• 7 external 5.25“ bays
• All 5.25“ drive bays are fitted with an easy snap design, but also can additionally been fixed with screws
• Two removable hard disk cages can fit 8 hard disks
• Two 120 mm fans, one in the front and one in the back
• Air vents on the bottom for perfect ventilation
• RoHS compliant
The Black Pearl WCR Edition comes in a double walled black and white cardboard box with images of the case and its basic specifications printed on the front and back.
Loose inside the box you will also find a comprehensive instruction manual in both English and German that details how to install components such as the hard disks and motherboard into the case using the tools provided.
Let's move on to the next page and see what the case looks like outside of its packaging..