Sunbeamtech Quarterback Mid Tower

Posted by on Saturday, July 4, 2009 - 2:22am

overviewI do a lot of case reviews as the junior reviewer at Pro-Clockers. It doesn't bother me, because I've got a case fetish of sorts. In its own twisted way it works out fine for everyone involved. Over the years, I've owned big cases, small cases, weird cases and modded cases. To be honest, I change cases more than some men change shirts. The last few years, I settled in with the Antec Sonata II. It's a great case and did what I needed it to do. However, I changed it for the Aerocool AE Plus last month. Always a sucker for big fans, the Aerocool drew me in. After trying out the Sunbeamtech Quarterback, I switched again. My main rig is now happily housed in the slightly odd, yet highly functional Quarterback. Read on to see why I changed cases.

 

Introduction

I do a lot of case reviews as the junior reviewer at Pro-Clockers. It doesn't bother me, because I've got a case fetish of sorts. In its own twisted way it works out fine for everyone involved. Over the years, I've owned big cases, small cases, weird cases and modded cases. To be honest, I change cases more than some men change shirts. The last few years, I settled in with the Antec Sonata II. It's a great case and did what I needed it to do. However, I changed it for the Aerocool AE Plus last month. Always a sucker for big fans, the Aerocool drew me in. After trying out the Sunbeamtech Quarterback, I switched again. My main rig is now happily housed in the slightly odd, yet highly functional Quarterback. Read on to see why I changed cases.

Sunbeamtech on Sunbeamtech

“Sunbeam Company, a true art innovator in the field of PC modification and accessories at all aspect, targets on providing the top quality and state of art computer products to high tech PC users. We dedicate outstanding high quality control as our number one priority and deliver the products with the highest level of excellent Performance, as well as the coolest Innovation and an Appearance that draws your attention.

Launched as a promising new company in the field in 2000, Sunbeam Company specialized in developing cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL), and furthermore extended to manufacture various modding equipments. Throughout the years, we now expand our product coverage to provide pioneering and fancy computer application at all aspects, while focusing on, but not limiting to, cooling systems and computer cases. Our mission is to satisfy PC players all over the world who are tired of boring traditional computer impressions and longing for experiencing the excitements of revolutionary hardware designs.

Sunbeam Company has manufacturing factories located in Dongguan City , China . In order to provide exceptional product quality combined with superior customer support, we keep updating and advancing ourselves to meet the diverse changes and increasing market demands. We strive to continue designing and developing ground-breaking, exciting, and appealing products as well as being the one stop resource and solution for all computer enthusiasts seeking to turn their ingenious visions into the coolest and fanciest reality.”

 

Features


Specifications

Color

Silver / Black (SVBK)

Drive Bays

5.25" Drives Bays x 5
3.5" Drives Bays x 5 ( External x 2 + Internal x 3 )

Front I/O Port

USB 2.0 x 2 + Audio + Microphone

Chassis Dimension

H 451mm x W 200mm x D 430mm

Side Window

Acrylic Side Window ( Optional )

Tool-Free Kits

CD-ROM
Floppy
Hard Disk
Expansion Cards

Weight

N. W. 7.7 kg
G. W. 9.1 kg

Packaging and contents

The Quarterback arrived in its retail packaging. Same said packaging enlightens us to its features and specifications.

After taking it out of the box, we see the case itself and the accessories and product manual.

 

Closer look

As you can see, the Quarterback is mostly all black. That's a plus in my book. From the front, we see the Quarterback doesn't so much have a front panel door as much as a gray face mask. I'm not sure what to think of this feature. To some it may look goofy or superfluous, but the part of me that loves football thinks this is a great idea for making a case stand out. It doesn't seem to serve much purpose other than to look cool. I do hang my headphones on it, though. So it can be said, that it does have some uses. We can see the Sunbeamtech emblem about two-thirds the way down the front. The drive bay lids are shuttered, which is a neat effect. Although, it may not be to everyone's liking. The Power and reset buttons are near the bottom.

The left side is dominated by a clear window which has ventilation holes drilled near the back of the case. One can hold up to a 120mm fan. In this picture, we see eight silver caps covering the rivets that hold the window in place. It's a nice contrast to the back window.

The right side of the case is pretty featureless except for the Front I/O ports: Audio and USB.

The rear of the case is standard computer case stamped ventilation and fan grill, PCI slots and I/O shield and PSU hole. Nothing innovative or outstanding here, but who really sees the back of a case much anyway. I don't think the mice scrounging for crumbs behind your desk will care much one way or the other.

Underneath the case we see that the case feet do not come pre-installed. I was curious about this, but it's not a deal-breaker by any stretch of the imagination.

 

Inside the case.

This is where the Sunbeamtech shines. First off, there's the patented Core-Fan Technology bracket. I love this bracket. It allows for a greater range of cooling options than most cases on the market allow. You can install 2 120mm fans on it, which brings the total installable fan total to five. The model I received came with four fans. I later installed a fifth in the front. The fans themselves came with fan guards.

Inside, the Quarterback is painted a grey blue color. I think a silver or white would have been a better choice. As you can see from the pictures, the Quarterback doesn't require much in the way of tools. The Optical drive bays and 3.5” floppy bays have built in retaining latches and the hard drive cage comes with drive rails that can be snapped onto up to 3 hard drives. The expansion slots in the year of the case also have snap latches. There is also a 120mm fan.

Here we see the PSU lips. I'd like to see more support for heavier PSU's. I know from personal experience that larger power supplies can be a bear when mounting into cases with inadequate support. For this price range, one can't be too picky. We also see the pre-drilled standoff holes. Overall, the room inside of the Quarterback is more than enough for a modern computer. It will easily house a Geforce 8800GTX or two and that speaks volumes for this case. Many mid-tower cases can't make that claim. Here we see the front panel connectors necessary to make your computer run with all the bells and whistles.

 

Installation

With the more than ample space inside the Quarterback, installing this mATX motherboard was a breeze. You'll notice the large CPU cooler. I use the kamacross to make sure there is enough room inside a case to work around it. If it doesn't constrict space then I know a case is worth while. I was even able to install a power supply after I installed the motherboard, which is something I wouldn't advise on most mid-tower cases. The PCI snap latches hold firmly but not enough to my liking. A Geforce 8800GTX doesn't seem to sit just right.

Installing a DVD-rom was as simple as taking off the front bay lid, sliding the drive in, aligning the drive and snapping the latches into place. Hard drive installation was just as easy. Snap on the drive rails and then slide the hard drive into place. With a normal sized graphics card, you can use both fans on the Core-Fan bracket, but with an 8800GTX you'll have to sacrifice the lower fan. This is not a deal breaker as the fault lies more with the GTX than the case itself. The extra room for the GTX was one of the main reasons this case became my home to my main rig components. I was tired of the cramped AE Plus.

After throwing everything together, I ran coretemp to measure the temps inside the case. I tested them at load. At load, the Quarterback kept my normal rig about 2 degrees Celsius cooler than it normally runs. This is admirable for a case.

 

Conclusion

If you're looking for a great budget case with a little flair, get the Quarterback. It's not going to look like anything your friends have and it will have more than enough room to house pretty much any system you want to throw in it. With Core-Fan you're getting a cooling solution that works. What more can I say? I like the case. It's not perfect by any means, but it's a good case and well worth the asking price. I give it our recommended award.

Pros:

  • Great cooling
  • Ample room
  • Tool-less design
  • Looks cool in a weird way
  • Great price

Cons:

  • PCI latches aren't as stable as I would like.

 

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