Abaddom. It's unique. It's intimidating. It's how the title of any enthusiast chassis should sound. I find it hard to believe that such a name was decided upon by a group of Sentey fans rather than a team of crackshot marketers. But lo and behold, it did in fact happen. Everyone will have a different takeaway when they first hear the name Abaddom, and there are a number of words that can be constructed from it. Here are just a few:
- Abaddom ("Abba" is the Aramaic word for "father")
Perhaps I am reading a little too much into the name of this chassis before even diving into it's feature set. Needless to say, I was anxious for the Abaddom to arrive at my doorstep before I had even laid eyes on its design.
Besides its name, possibly the biggest standout feature of the Abaddom is its front panel. It features a grooved design from top to bottom, with each of the four 5.25" bay covers accented by a chrome switch. Should you mount an optical drive in the front of the case, these switches will actuate your drive's eject button. Each panel sports a hinged door that opens when nudged by an optical drive tray. The doors are spring-tensioned as well, so they close flush with the front panel once a disk has been loaded into the machine. The grooves below the bay covers are backed by wire mesh to govern airflow into one of six 120mm blue LED fans that lie inside. A silver Sentey logo is fastened in the center of this meshed portion of the front panel.
The front of the Abaddom is capped by a glossy control unit that features three USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 port, audio line in/out with support for HD audio, two fan control knobs, a reset switch, and a power switch aptly labeled "power." I really wish the designers had placed a symbol on the power button rather spell out its function. The arrowhead shape featured in the Sentey logo would look great. Regardless, both the power and reset switches depress with a satisfying click and springiness. The fan controllers are also very sturdy and don't wiggle in the slightest. I felt a welcome amount of resistance as I turned them from their min to max settings. For a chassis that retails for $74.99, there is a surprising level of quality in the Abaddom's SECC 0.7mm steel and plastic construction.
Before I cracked open the Abaddom to examine its internals, I took another minute to appreciate its exterior lines. The "sandy matte black" finish is very deep and lends the case a stealthy appearance, at least until it is turned on. A look at the Abaddom's side profile shows off the chiseled section behind the control unit and the top grille enclosure, which is set a slight downward angle. Feel free to disagree, but I think the rear quarter view of this case looks stunning. It just goes to show that manufacturers can produce attractive enthusiast chassis by simply sculpting the exterior rather than over embellishing them with cutouts, logos, and massive windows.
For anyone who has played the games in the Dead Space franchise, the grooved front panel of the Abaddom may remind you of the main character's helmet, especially when the intense blue LED fans are illuminated. I can envision a number of ways one could customize the Abaddom with impresive results. Given some armor plating, water cooling, and the right paint job, this chassis has the potential to be customized to a level worthy of Issac Clarke. Modders, take note.
*Image credit: Visceral Games