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Iceberg is an all-aluminum mid-tower case from Raidmax featuring four 5.25” bays, four internal 3.5” bays and four 120 mm fans, coming with a terrific price tag of only USD 150 (a bargain for an all-aluminum case) and targeted to mainstream users. Let’s take an in-depth look at this case from Raidmax.
Iceberg can come in two different colors, black or silver. We reviewed the black version. This case uses a different opening mechanism where the side panels are removed by moving them from top to bottom instead of from front to rear; pay attention to the latches present on the side panels.
In Figure 3, you can see the front panel from this case. As you can see, this case doesn’t have a door. This case has four 5.25” bays – which is more than enough for mainstream users – and the top 5.25” bay come with an optical drive “fake” cover, which is great: your optical drive will be installed behind this masks making its “face” to be all aluminum. You can even install a beige drive that it won’t make any difference to the aesthetics of the case, as the mask will cover it. You need to remove the front panel to install optical drives, as we will explain later.
As you can also see, this case does not provide an external 3.5” bay for floppy disk drives and it doesn’t come with any kind of adapter. This is really frustrating. The funny thing is that on Raidmax’s website the manufacturer says that this case comes with two adapters, which isn’t true.
In Figure 3 you can also see one of the 120 mm fans that come with the case. This one is attached to the hard disk drive cage and we will talk more about it later.
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In Figure 4 you see the case top panel with its radiator-like shape, where you can find two 120 mm fans (that glow in blue when turned on). These fans, like the other two fans that come with this case, use a standard four-pin peripheral power plug, not allowing you to control or monitor their speed.
On the top panel you can also find a panel containing two USB ports, one FireWire (IEEE1394) port, mic in and headphones jacks, plus the power and reset switches and HDD and power LEDs. This case could offer one eSATA port in our opinion, but maybe Raidmax didn’t include one to keep its cost down (what in the end of the day was a good decision). The main problem with this panel is that the two USB ports are two close to each other, preventing you from using them at the same time if you have two “fat” devices – USB drives, for example.
Finally we have the rear panel in Figure 6. It uses the traditional ATX layout, with the power supply on the top and seven expansion slots. Here you can see the fourth 120 mm fan and also two holes for water cooling systems. These holes are protected by a rubber mechanism, so you won’t need to break anything on your case to make these holes available.
Let’s see how Iceberg looks like inside.
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This case uses a different opening mechanism. Instead of sliding the side panels to the back of the case to open it, you need to press two latches and slide the panel down in your direction to remove each side panel. We’ve seen a similar mechanism being used on Sigma Unicorn, but on this case from Sigma the side panels are kept attached to the case after you open them, thing that doesn’t occur on Iceberg.
Even though you can remove both side panels the motherboard tray is permanently attached to the chassis.
In Figure 8, you can see the left side panel, which has a small transparent window.
In Figure 9 you have an overall look at the interior of Raidmax Iceberg.
This case doesn’t use a screwless mechanism to fasten daughterboards to the case, but on the other hand it provides thumbscrews, allowing fastening cards without the need of using tools anyway. In fact we personally prefer this approach, as we’ve seen countless times these screwless mechanisms breaking because they are usually manufactured using cheap plastic. In Figure 10 you can also see the rear fan. This and all other fans use the traditional peripheral power connector, meaning that you can’t monitor the fan speed.
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This case has four external 5.25” bays, two internal 5.25” bays and four internal 3.5” bays for hard disk drives inside a cage. The sample we got didn’t come with any 5.25”-to-3.5” adapter so you can’t install floppy disk drives on this case. Even worse, the two internal 5.25” bays are completely useless, as you can’t install hard disk drives on them as well w
ithout adapters. Maybe the manufacturer forgot to include these adapters in the sample they sent us?
As you can see no screwless mechanism is used to fasten drives to the bays, but on the other hand this case comes with lots of thumbscrews with both thin thread (metallic, for the optical drives) and thick thread (black, for the hard disk drives), so you won’t need to use a screwdriver to attach drives to the case. In fact you won’t need a screwdriver to open the case, to attach daughterboards, to attach the power supply (you can use the black thumbscrews) or to attach drives and you can also use thumbscrews to attach the motherboard to its tray! So unless you have more than one optical drive you won’t need a screwdriver to build your PC!
For installing optical drives you will need to remove the front panel first, what is done by pulling a handle located on the bottom of the case. The first bay has the abovementioned mask and you won’t need any tool to install the drive. But if you want to install drives in the other bays you will need to remove the covers located in front of each bay, which are screwed to the front panel.
The hard disk drive bays are located inside a removable cage, which is attached to the case using thumbscrews. To remove this cage you also need to remove the front panel first. Even though the hard disk drive cage comes installed on the bottom of the case, you can move it to upper bays, if you’d like to. The frontal 120 mm fan is attached to the hard disk drive cage and it glows blue when it is turned on.
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Iceberg case main specs include:
- Application: ATX and smaller form factors derived from this one.
- Material: Aluminum.
- Power supply required: Doesn’t come with the product.
- Available colors: Black and silver.
- Side panel: Transparent window.
- Dimensions: 21” x 8” x 19” (53.3 cm x 21 cm x 48.4 cm) (H x W x D).
- Net Weight: N/A
- Gross Weight: N/A
- Bays: Four external 5.25” bays, two internal 5.25” bays and four internal 3.5” bays inside one hard disk drive cage.
- Expansion slots: Seven.
- Fans: One 120 mm fan on the front (blue), one 120 mm fan on the rear and two 120 mm fans on the top (blue).
- More Information: https://www.raidmax.com
- Average price in the US*: USD 150.00.
* Researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this review.
Raidmax Iceberg is an all-aluminum case targeted to the average user. Here is a summary of what we found about this case.
- Excellent cost/benefit ratio, costing only USD 150 (USD 120 after a USD 30 mail-in rebate at Newegg.com), which is a bargain for an all-aluminum case.
- Excellent material (everything is made of aluminum, no steel or hybrid parts). No sharp edges where you could cut yourself while building your PC.
- “Fake face” for optical drive for better aesthetics.
- Four 120 mm fans.
- Toolless design allowing you to build a PC without using a screwdriver: thumbscrews for fastening daughterboards, drives, power supply and motherboard. You will only need a screwdriver to remove the covers located in front of the 5.25” bays if you have more than one optical unit.
- Removable hard disk drive cage can be moved to different positions.
- Quality of some parts could be better. During our review one foot broke and we couldn’t put it back in place. The same happened with one of the pegs that holds the front panel.
- Didn’t come with floppy disk drive adapters.
- No speed control or monitoring for the fans.
- Could have an eSATA port.
- Two USB ports are too close to each other, preventing the installation of two “fat” devices at the same time.
- Holds only up to four hard disk drives, so high-end users will probably want to look for a different product.
- No screwless mechanisms for holding daughterboards, optical drives or hard disk drives.
- No anti-vibration mechanisms for the hard disk drives.
- No manual and lack of information on Raidmax’s website (e.g., weight and dimensions). The manual provided on their website is a generic manual.
In summary, this case provides a terrific cost/benefit ratio for mainstream users looking for an all-aluminum case. Costing USD 150 in the USA it is a bargain for a case manufactured using this noble material. High-end users, however, may want more features, especially fan monitoring and control and more hard disk drive bays. More exigent users will also prefer to have a case that uses better-quality parts that won’t break when building the PC. If you need these features then you should look for another (and more expensive) product. So even though this case provides a great value we can’t recommend a product that will break while you are building your PC.