I-Star Nitro AX S-10000 Full Tower Case Review

Cases & PSU/Cases by BlackRabbit @ 2006-01-23

The I-Star Nitro S-10000 is a workstation class enclosure with enough room to fit a small airplane. Ok maybe that?s a big exaggerated. We take a closer look at its features, thermal performance and easiness of use. Read on to find out if the Nitro is a good computer case.

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For a while now, computer cases have become more than just generic box to stick our computer parts in. People have become more demanding; a case needs to provide good airflow, be a light-weight, sturdy and should not be painful to look at.

Before diving head first into this product, let's look at the background story of I-Star:

About I-Star Established in 1989, I-Star Computer Inc. has over fifteen years of experience in designing and manufacturing Industrial Switching Power Supply, Sheet Metal, and Rackmount Chassis. From the standard switching power supply to high-end redundant power supply, I-Star has grown to be one of major provider in IPC power supply industry. In recent years, we have also expanded our products to include DVR/IPC andStorage RAID industries.

Our goal is always to provide our customer with the best products and superior customer services. In the beginning I-Star focused on providing our customers the combinations of cutting-edge technologies, high quality manufacturing, and excellent customer services. It has been a proving record that these priorities earned a strong partnership for I-Star in today's competitive market.

While I-Star has a lot of OEM experience they are still quite new in the retail case market and today we have one of their workstation class enclosures for review, the S-10000 Nitro tries to be a jack of all trades, it's up to us to see if it succeeds.

The S-10000 is available in two colors, silver or a combination of silver and black. The small animated gif below should give you an idea of what this case looks like:

Madshrimps (c)
Source: Product Page

The full specifications:

I-Star Nitro S-10000 Specifications


Aluminium (front panel) and 1.0mm ECC/SGCC (chassis)

Black/Silver and Silver

Motherboard type

Extended ATX, ATX, Micro ATX

Drive Bays

5.25" (5)
3.5" (2)
3.5" (5) Internal

Cooling System

Front intake: 120mm (optional)
Rear exhaust: 120mm Fan temp controlled
Side intake: 120mm for airduct (optional)

Expansion Slots


Special Functions

Lockable side cover
removable 3,5" rails
slide rail 5,25" drive assembly
toolless fan holder
toolless front bezel design.

Front Panel

2 x USB 2.0
1 x IEEE1394 Firewire
1x Line output
1x Microphone input


488 mm (H) x 205mm (W) x 540mm (D)

Weight (without PSU)


Let’s take a closer look at the features of the S-10000 ->
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