Akasa's New Venom Strike Chassis

Akasa’s New Venom Strike Chassis

Akasa are now running from strength to strength throughout the International market as suppliers of some of the most exceptional heatsink fan coolers, PSU’s and Chassis. Picking up market share worldwide, primarily Akasa focused on European and Far East markets but their growth now is being felt throughout the US and other markets ringing a few alarm bells from other makers who thought their market share stance was firm.

We have been using Akasa chassis, PSU’s and Heatsink fans now for many years as the robust build quality of the high-end models is exceptional.    When the call came in June that a new high-end series of chassis was ready to come to market this most certainly caught our attention.  Today we look into the Akasa Venom Strike alongside Intel’s new offering, as what better a place to show off a new chassis with the components it was built to support.

With the aid of Akasa’s marketing department the specifications of the Venom Strike  Chassis are listed below 

Colour

Smooth black with killer yellow

Material

SECC 0.8 / 1.0mm

Compatible motherboard types

Micro ATX / ATX / E-ATX / XL-ATX

5.25″ external bays

6

3.5″ external bays

1

3.5″ internal bays (2.5″ HDD/SSD supported)

6

Cooling system

Front: 1 x 23cm fan with white LED (included)

Top:    1 x 23cm fan (included) or 1 x 240mm radiator (optional) or

2 x 12cm fan (optional) or 2 x 14cm fan (optional)

Back:  1 x 14cm fan (included) or 1 x 12cm fan (optional)

Side:  4 x 12cm fan (optional) or 1 x 18-23cm fan (optional)

Bottom: 1 x 12cm (optional) or 1 x 14cm fan (optional)

Fan specifications

Top panel : 1 x 23cm exhaust fan
Front panel : 1 x 23cm input fan with white LED
Back panel : 1 x 14cm exhaust fan

Fan controller

Controls 6 fans simultaneously with 40W combined maximum wattage

PSU (not included)

Supports ATX and EPS power supplies
Base mounted, dual positioning
Dust filter supplied

I/O Ports

1 x USB 3.0 , 3 x USB 2.0 , 1 x eSATA , HD audio in / out (AC’97 compatible)

Expansion slots

10

Dimensions

620 x 555 x 232mm (H x D x W)

Weight

13.1 kg

Product Code

AK-TOX-01BK

Chassis came well supplied and securely packaged which is always a good sign that the company take care whence shipping products of this magnitude.  On opening up the packaging box the first part to greet our eyes was the Silver badge of the Strike which is quite striking giving it a good look.  Once out of the box we saw what all the excitement was about.  Slick cool, and yes some might not like the colour to their taste but we thought it looked the part.  Many companies tend to stick with traditional black and silver – but this is something you will either love or hate.  

The side access panel to the system is meshed and opens up very easily with the thumb screws – no need for any screwdriver.  The choice of offerings in how you are going to cool your system from the side (oh yeah who have multiply GPU set-up’s) is very good indeed. It does mean the option of maintaining optimal system cooling integrity whilst operating at the highest levels.

Moving to the secondary panel the embossed Venom Viper certainly caught our eye.  Once more swiftly the panel is removed by the two thumb screws giving you access to the back plane of the system and there is a huge section cut away for those who like to change out heatsinks.  Though this shouldn’t be a problem now as it’s just a case of drop in and screw down the preferred cooler of choice.

Internally we see tons of storage space with neat additional points of the cable run points all have rubber mounts allowing a neat packing away and maintaining optimal airflow throughout the system.  One serious point of note is that on the other side of the chassis is approximately 1 inch of clearance this will be apple room for those who like to hide all their cabling away.  The huge 23cm fans are clearly in view at the front and top of the chassis, top one is as described easily removed to allow the serious water cooling kit to be mounted.  Rubber dampeners are in place to mount the PSU again allowing free flow of air and absorbing the noise from the PSU that some readily give out.  The additional cooling points at the read and bottom you more choice for additional cooling but within our tests we found no requirement at all to fit a cooling fan to the bottom of the chassis.

The quick release mounts for the fitting of the graphics cards is very good, very tight indeed and you hear a resounding click when the retention arm is firmly in place properly.  We did try to manually pull out the graphics card but the retention pin and arm made it very hard indeed to achieve this.

The 5 ˝” bays retention clips opened up easily enough though once the DVDROM was in place they clamped home hard and fast.

Finally from the top we see all the additional plugs and sockets today’s busy end-user requires. An eSATA port, 3 USB 2 ports and 1 USB 3 port.  Not forgetting the traditional Mic and headphones sockets.  The fan controllers are optional for use and aimed squarely at the overclocking market allowing them complete control of 5 fan headers which is a substantial amount.   Last but not least a little neat tray to put your USB sticks in place safely.

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