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History of Computer Chassis

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on 12 February 2013

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Computer Chassis What is a Computer Chassis? History of Computer Chassis References - Also known as a "Computer Case", "Tower", "Base Unit" or simply "Case".
- Also sometimes incorrectly referred to as the "CPU" or "hard drive".
- It is the enclosure that contains most of the components of a computer. Purpose Computer Chassis 1. It provides a housing for the internal components like the motherboard, expansion cards, hard drives and ROM drives.
2. It acts as a shield against the external environment like dust and ESD.
3. It is used to electrically ground all the internal components. - The first computer to have a case/chassis is the ENIAC(Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer). Basically the case of the ENIAC is the room where it is placed. - http://gadgets.softpedia.com/news/History-of-the-PC-Enclosure-037-01.html

- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_case From huge rooms to actual personal computers - In the 60's, IBM was among the first to produce a truly personal PC.
- Every part was encased in a white bulky case and even the keyboard was extremely heavy.
- All the cases had to do was keep things together and provide basic ventilation, so that components would function properly. The Rising - In the mid 90's, Intel introduced the ATX (Advanced Technology Extended) form factor.

- ATX is used as a design guide line for motherboard and PC case manufacturers so that people that assemble their own systems or upgrade parts of a system don't come across compatibility problems. The Rising - Around the year 2000, chassis manufacturers began thinking about how they could make computers more attractive.

- This was the time for the boring white cases to meet their newborn black sisters. Getting more and more attention.... - Chassis manufacturers began using improved materials (like better-processed aluminum and steel) for their products.
- Companies designed most of their chassis with round edges so hitting an edge would no longer cause hand cuts.
- Case modding became a popular occupation among gamers.
- Later on, as components were becoming more advanced, heat problems began to surface. Companies rapidly started designing and advertising different airflow techniques. Comfort was being degraded - While chassis manufacturers were solving the heat problem by adding more fans, noise began to be a problem.
- Manufacturers started using soundproofing materials to compensate for noisy fans.
- Water cooling became popular.
- Asetek designed a case using freon cooling technology, the same technology used in refrigerators. The present day - Today's cases come in all colors, shapes and sizes.

- Users can choose between light weight or solid steel cases and have the option to later add a see-through side panel.

- For picky users, third party companies provide custom laser cutting.
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