A system case from Delux continues our review. This manufacturer is rather obscure but you may have already come across inexpensive products selling under this brand.
Like the previous system case, this one is obviously designed for both vertical and horizontal installation. Judging by the labels on its face panel, we can even surmise that vertical orientation was meant by its developers as the primary one. The DLC-MS126 really looks better standing upright thanks to the silvery inserts in its face panel. Despite its rather obscure brand, this product has a very nice appearance. Its designer has a taste, obviously, even though this taste is somewhat spoiled by the obvious predisposition towards shiny things and elements, which is a plague of many products nowadays.
We can also see a large cover of a 5.25-inch bay accompanied with a characteristic button. Unlike many of its competitors, this system case accommodates a full-size optical drive.
There is a single Power button nearby. The developer must have thought a Reset button unnecessary. We don’t like this Power button as you have to sink it down by about a centimeter into the case to get the desired action from it. This may be inconvenient for people with big fingers.
We can find I/O connectors under a cover at the edge of the front panel. These are two USB ports and two audio connectors.
The back panel makes it clear that this system case is equipped with a power supply of the traditional rectangular shape. Its 40mm fan looks rather alarming since such fans are prone to produce a lot of noise. This power supply is called Delux DLP-260IP4. As is often the case with bundled PSUs, you shouldn’t trust its name: the mentioned 260 watts is its peak output power whereas its continuous output power is only 200 watts. Well, this should be quite enough for configurations this system case is meant for.
The power supply has the following cables and connectors:
- Mainboard cable with a 20+4-pin connector (33 centimeters long)
- CPU cable with a 4-pin connector (33 centimeters)
- One cable with two SATA power connectors (24+26 cm)
- One cable with two PATA power connectors and one floppy-drive plug (33+15+15 cm)
Take note that this system case has not one but two expansion card brackets which are fastened using a small bar with screw that protrudes behind the back panel. This is a very clear indication of the fact that this system case was originally designed for the little-known DTX form-factor developed by AMD. A DTX mainboard measures 203x170 millimeters and may have up to two expansion slots. Since we have a mini-ITX mainboard, we will just have some more free room inside.
Removing the top panel, we can see a rather ascetic interior. The chassis is made from 0.6mm steel which has a tin luster typical of inexpensive products. Chassis of this kind are usually poor in terms of rigidity, but this particular system case is good in this respect thanks to its small dimensions. We didn’t observe it bend or anything.
A full-size optical drive is installed into the DLC-MS126 by means of special rails which are fastened with screws to the metallic part of the front panel above the detachable plastic piece. You have to take the rails out to access the HDD bay or get some elbowroom for installing your mainboard: the rails and the optical drive would get in the way otherwise.
As for hard disk drives, the DLC-MS126 allows installing only one, but this can be a large, 3.5-inch drive. The HDD rack is most simple, yet you can see a few vibration-absorbing rubber pads in the spots where the HDD is fastened to it.
That’s about all the interesting facts we can find about this system case. Let’s assemble our PC configuration in it.
Our configuration can be assembled quickly and easily. First, we put down the mainboard with memory, then we connect the cables (it’s better to do this now while everything is in open view), then we install the hard and optical drives. That’s all. Now we only have to lay the cables out neatly, which is not a problem. We can just put them next to the side panels whereas the unneeded cables can be tucked away into the nook behind the power supply. Just make sure you don’t block all the vent holes in the PSU case. If you want to use a mainboard with a faster CPU, you will have quite a lot of room for a CPU cooler which can be as tall as 85 millimeters. There shouldn’t be any problems with cooling then.