Systemax Sabre - Close Up
Hot, that's what the Systemax Sabre Intel Core 2 Extreme Gaming PC implies with its bright red mid-tower case. Dubbed the Red Dragon ATX Tower, this case sports 2 3.5" drive bays, one of which is occupied by a standard floppy drive and the other by a 9-in-1 card reader. The case also comes with 3 5.25" drive bays, two of which are home to the Sabre's two optical drives. The first drive is a Plextor PX-755SA SATA Dual-Layer DVD writer while the second drive is a Sony DVD-ROM/CR-RW CRX320EE combo drive. The case comes with a door to mask the drives when they are not in use, which is a plus here since matching red drive bezels are not an option with the Sabre.
Below the floppy drive and 9-in-1 card reader is a small door that provides access to two external USB ports along with a single FireWire port. When we look at the side of the mid-tower case, a clear window provides a view of the Sabre's internal components. The panel is secured by two philips screws, rather than easy access thumbscrews, as well as a locking door handle. Both the handle and drive door can be locked with the same key, which can be useful in preventing unwanted access to the PC. The clear panel comes with an illuminated 80mm fan that pumps fresh air into the case, along with a matching intake fan mounted at the lower front. On the rear of the Sabre, dual illuminated 80mm fans draw air out of the case along with the internal PSU fan.
The rear I/O connector cluster offers a familiar collection of inputs and outputs including:
1 - PS/2 Keyboard Port
1 - PS/2 Mouse Port
1 - Parallel Port
1 - Serial Port
1 - RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet
4 - USB 2.0 Ports
1 - FireWire Port
7 - Audio Input/Outputs
The audio port configuration varies based on the speaker mode selected, which ranges from Headphone, 2, 4, 5.1 or 7.1 speaker. Digital Output format can be set from PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital Live and ADAT using the driver utility within Windows.
Overall, the Systemax Sabre Intel Core 2 Extreme Gaming PC offers a good balance with current and legacy inputs/outputs, the only item that was a stand-out omission was a second Ethernet port, which is standard fare these days.