The Chieftec Dragon is a relatively new case in the Mesh series of cases put out by Chieftec. The Dragon comes in two different colors, Black/Red CH-07B-R and Black CH-07B-B, the model we received. The Dragon is not to be confused with a Full Tower chassis put out by Chieftec with the same name. I’m not sure what the deal is with that.
The Dragon is equipped with a total of five fans: one 220mm blue LED side panel fan, one front 120mm blue LED fan, two top 120mm blue LED fans and one rear 120mm fan. Mesh covers all of the fans and even the entire front panel for maximum airflow.
The front panel houses a total of four external 5.25″ bays, one of which can be converted to a 3.5″ external bay. The Dragon emblem sits atop of the raised mesh found below the drive bays.
The external I/O ports are found on top of the case which include two USB, an eSATA and mic/headphone jacks. The activity LEDs and power/reset buttons are found on the edges of the top of the case, right behind the I/O ports with the Chieftec emblem nicely placed in between. Farther back on the top of the case is the mesh cover for the internal fans. Two raised portions in the mesh seem to follow the fan design, whether this is for aesthetics or something else, I’m not sure.
Both side panels have a plain black finish and are fairly empty except for the left side panel which has the 220mm fan protruding slightly off the panel. The rear of the case follows the typical layout which includes power supply slot, I/O slot, PCI slots, fan cover and two tubing holes.
Each of the PCI slots has small holes cut into them to add more airflow. A small set of slits next to the PCI slots could provide a little extra airflow towards the bottom of the case. Two handy thumb screws attach the one side panel to the case.
May 29, 2015 0