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Judging by their website, Ikonik is a rising player on the PC component market. Founded in 2008, it currently produces power supplies and system cases. Ikonik’s PSUs will be discussed in our upcoming review and today we are going talk about two tower system cases: Taran A20 and Zaria A20 SIM (Ikonik’s product range also includes a model called Python but it will not be covered in this review).

Taran A20

The Taran A20 belongs to the highly popular class of reasonably priced high-quality mainstream system cases. Without a PSU it will cost you about $100.

The “A20” suffix indicates the design of the case. For example, the existing Taran A10 and Taran A30 differ from the Taran A20 only with the design of the front panel but have the same chassis.

 

There is nothing extraordinary about the exterior of our model. It is a regular silver-and-black case that will not stand out among others on a shop shelf. It is not ugly but it is not eye-catching, either. It is just a typical, standard computer case.

The square block of vent holes in the side panel is placed closer to the mainboard’s center. This is different from most other system cases that have a plastic side-panel funnel opposite the CPU.

This has been done in compliance with Intel Thermally Advantaged Chassis Design Guide version 2.0. The Guide can be downloaded from Intel’s website.

We don’t understand the purpose of the stamped-out holes, though. And we don’t know why holes are missing in two corners of the square – and in some chaotic order. Is it just for the sake of aesthetics?

Now let’s get back to the front panel. The Power and Reset buttons are placed at the very bottom of it, on the plastic square surrounded with a fine mesh that allows fresh air to get to the disk drives. The buttons are the right size – you can’t press Reset accidentally. Most people will even have to use something thin to press it, so small it is. This also suggests that the system case is supposed to stand on a desk (unless you don’t mind reaching down to the floor to turn your computer on).

However, the I/O connectors are in the top panel. So, if the computer stands on a desk, the I/O connectors won’t be visible to the person sitting in front of it. And if it stands on the floor, you won’t find it easy to press the Power button. The connectors reside on a distinctive plate under a soft-plastic magnet-held cover. This is a handy and practical solution. The connectors are covered from dust, but you can open them easily. There are two audio connectors, two USB ports (placed sufficiently far from each other), and an eSATA connector. We guess the latter is more useful as an I/O connector than FireWire.

The back panel is quite standard for a tower system case except for the rubberized openings for the pipes of a liquid cooling system. You don’t often see them in system cases of this price segment.

Like most other products of this class, the Ikonik Taran has a 3-pin 120mm fan at the back panel. Running a little ahead, we can tell you that there is another such fan at the front panel, opposite the cage with disk drives. Ikonik does not make fans but the fan has a sticker with its logo. If you google the fan’s model number (DF1202512RFLN), you will learn that the same 1000rpm fans can also be found in system cases from Gigabyte and Silverstone.

The system case stands on stiff-plastic feet you can often see in inexpensive products.

There is nothing extraordinary about the interior design of the case, either. The finish quality and the thickness of the metal are good enough for you not to worry about the safety of your fingers or excessive vibration. Well, there is nothing wrong in this system case being just a regular product with time-tested design solutions.

 
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