This review is going to be taking a look at the Nitro AX enclosure from I-Star. I-Star is not exactly a household name, probably because they focus more on server parts than consumer ones. They make lots of rackmounted cases and server power supplies, but also a few towers. These towers have the style of something aimed at the consumer market, but have done their best not to forget their roots as server-quality hardware.
Overall, I-Star has produced a solidly OK enclosure. After using it for some time we found that the Nitro AX has some good features, including cool looks, lots of drive bays, lots of room around the power supply, and a removeable motherboard tray. The Nitro also has a number of shortcomings though. In the Nitro AX I-Star has a good start for a consumer case, but they seem to have placed themselves awkwardly between the server market and the consumer one. We have mainly looked at this case as a full tower for everyday use, but as a server case it would probably do a bit better given that it has easy access to the drives and room for a lot of them.
Published in: Cases & Acc. on 2005-12-09