- It looks really nice. The glossy accents contrast well with the brushed and matte surfaces.
- One magnetic fan filter and 120mm fan is included.
- The form factor and size is what drew me to this case in the first place. There aren't many "cube" cases that fit ATX. This one does and feels compact, but doesn't make the insides look too jumbled.
- Most pieces fit solidly together. Front bezel/ panel is easily removed to route cables through the front and allows for easy access to the ODD for install and removal.
- There is no good fan placement in the case except for the 80mm fan exhaust in the back. The bottom fan doesn't pull much into the case due to the clearance between the case's resting surface and the case itself. The front fan has a tiny intake in the front of the case, but doesn't seem to pull much air either. I tried the tissue paper test and the air flow is very low in both areas.
- Full-sized side-routed headers on video cards stick out so far after power cables are connected that the side panel cannot be installed on the left side (see photos).
- DVD drive bay is in a strange place making it difficult to route SATA cables to the motherboard. Cables are nearly pinched due to routing design.
- Full ATX cases do not allow enough room for SATA cables and 240mm rads with fans. I watched the product video by Aerocool as well as checked their website to see if my H100i would fit. From what the site said, it looked like it would. Now I'm stuck with the factory Intel cooler for my i5 4670k. This was a huge draw-back for me. CHECK YOUR MOBO LAYOUT BEFORE PURCHASING!!!
- No silicon grommets for cable management.
- Cheap-feeling metal and plastic materials used for this case. Not very impressed with the quality of materials used.
- The contents of the box when I got were rattling around loosely. I feared that some parts of the case were damaged on arrival, but luckily everything was fine.
Photo by bajer29
Photo by bajer29
Notice the left side of my mother board behind the GPUs. If the 240 rad and fans were installed, the cable routing hole would be covered up. The fans connected to the rad would line up directly in front of the SATA connectors rendering them useless.
- I used high airflow Corsair fans (bottom as intake and front as intake) in lieu of the single 120mm colored fan. My fans are running off mobo system fan headers and controlled by Speedfan.
- This case might work better with a mini ATX and AMD R9 nano.
- I can't figure out how to get to the top 120mm fan mount. It looks like one is up there but I'm too afraid to pry off the plastic bits in fear that the case will fall apart.
The case had really great intentions and a nice look, but AeroCool didn't do their homework with measurements of one of the most popular Gigabyte Z87 ATX boards and NVIDIA form factors. Stating (without words) that a 240 rad with fans would fit in the case with a full-size ATX mobo can be interpreted as false advertising and is my biggest gripe. I would NOT recommend this case to anyone with a setup similar to mine.
I'd been warned about this manufacturer's build quality, but the reviews of this case on other sites swayed me to pick one up and see for myself.