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Aug 6, 2012

MSI Interceptor Barricade Mid-Tower Case




Micro-Star International may not be the first company that pops into people’s minds when they start looking for a case, but this may change if the Interceptor Barricade starts a trend.

Interceptor Barricade is an enthusiast-oriented case with a price of $79.99 on Amazon, or 65 Euro according to exchange rates. That's really not that high, especially with free shipping, and there is even a chance to score a $20 rebate. It also bears noting that the case is fairly lightweight for its type, implying that it could be a great fit for people who move a lot, or who go to LAN parties often. That said, the product measures 450 (L) x 185 (W) x 412 (H) mm, or 17.71 x 7,28 x 16.22 inches, and weighs 7.8 kilograms (17.91 pounds). Colored black, it uses a mesh front panel, three 5.25-inch drive bays (just right for an ODD plus the Swiftech Maelstron 5/4 reservoir), four 3.5-inch internal bays and seven expansion slots.

Also, MSI outfitted its creation with a front/top I/O panel, where two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port and HD/97 Audio ports are found. What's more, the hardware maker tossed in an SD card reader, three 120mm fans (one at the back, two LED models at the front) and two optional fans. All in all, the enclosure is designed to hold most mid-range and high-end pieces of hardware while keeping the PC interior well ventilated. The blue LEDs on the front fans are purely cosmetic, but the fans themselves are not. They draw air through the perforated front and leave it to the back spinner, and/or the two top fans if present, to pull it out. Finally, for customers who want something cheaper but still useful for high-performance system configurations, MSI's Interceptor Raptor might fit the bill. It has been up for order since back in January (2012).

MSI Interceptor Barricade mid-tower case
Image credits to MSI

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