Wahoo Computers ATX Chilli Pro Aluminum Computer Case Review
Looking for a strong case? Looking for a compact case that looks good and is worth your hard earned money? Well continue reading on this Chilli Pro case that we are looking at and see if it might be just that case you want, or maybe not…
The Chilli Pro is offered through Wahoo Computers. It comes in two colors that include Gunmetal gray and anodized silver. The Chilli Pro has great packaging. The product is within two boxes and that has two big blocks of corrugated cardboards protecting the top and the bottom of the Chilli Pro.
The case measures a small footprint of only 7” Wide x 15.5” High x 10.5” Deep. The Chilli Pro case supports one 5.25" bay and two floppy sized bays. Other than supporting ATX, the Chilli Pro case supports also mATX (micro ATX).
What is included as the bundle of the case are some IDE cables, power cables, Allen Wrench, PCI slot covers, and some other drive pieces.
Laying out the Chilli Pro will reveal the great construction of the case. The Chilli Pro case is constructed out of thick 4mm aluminum, which translates the case into being heavy for its size. The Chilli Pro is very sturdy and will not dent.
The front of the Chilli Pro case has the power button, and the LED's that line up to its specific use.
The rear of the Chilli Pro features a big 92mm exhaust slot but you will have to provide your own fan. This 92mm exhaust fan is basically your airflow and lack thereof. There is no airflow at all in this, which causes great concerns for high performance PC setups. The rear is made of aluminum and you begin to see the problems of the Chilli Pro case immediately. What’s up with the ATX I/O Shield back plate? Um…it’s integrated and there is no way you can use your I/O shield. It is beyond me why the company chose to do this and this pretty much limits anyone without this type of motherboard layout.
The Chilli Pro case extends the thick aluminum trend with the side panels. You see those screws around the case? Umm…they are hexagonal and require the Allen wrench that is included to take them out. This is getting ridiculous. You need to take out 8 screws per panel to access the inside and that takes quite a bit of time.
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Front bay cover piece
The bottom and their "rubber" feet that like to slip and slide
Thickness of the AL
Using the Chilli Pro case
The Chilli Pro case has an awkward looking layout when you open it up. There are no instructions so you will be left confused and experimenting where everything goes. The layout is a upside down layout also. Houston, we have a problem. I can’t use this case. My motherboard layout does not fit this integrated I/O shield of the Chilli Pro case.
Also if it actually did fit, I can see quite a bit of problems. Some of the possible problems include….
Power supply is too close to the CPU’s heatsink/fan combo. Requires
you to have a low-profile CPU cooler, which limits you to sucky temperatures.
My PSU wont fit and its sitting on top the HSF unit.
It doesn't fit
My 2nd and 3rd DIMM slots are blocked by this annoying positioned bay.
Chilli Pro case offered through Wahoo Computers is not a case that I’d
like to have. I’m not speaking for all of you but I think you
don’t either. Even if your motherboard fits, you will literally
have different problems to deal with.
I rate the Wahoo Computers Chilli Pro ATX Case a…
Pros and Cons
I want to thank Wahoo Computers for letting me tell you about this case.
UPDATE: Wahoo Computers has informed me that they can mod the back I/O plate to accomodate any motherboard. Should have told me before hand but it's a start. But then all the possible problems....