Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570

Written by Wil Harris

November 15, 2006 | 10:40

Tags: #3d #570 #aurora #case #chassis #design #evaluation #installation #pictures #review

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Exterior

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The design is standard ATX, and as such, everything is as you would expect it to be externally. The left-hand side has a mesh grill window with a lockable door handle - the frame for the window is plastic, rather than metal, but it still looks pretty good sat on top of the brushed aluminium. The rear of the case has a fairly standard layout, although it's great to see that Gigabyte has found room for dual 120mm fans. There are three thumbscrews to undo the main side panel, although it's slightly annoying to see that there have been some cost saving attempts in keeping standard screws for the other side - come on guys, how much do thumbscrews really cost?

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The handle is fairly simple to use - you, er, just push it in and the panel lifts off, as with every Antec-based case you've seen in the past four years. The lock prevents this mechanism from kicking in, although it's hardly going to be a super deterrant given its relative flimsiness and the fact that, surely, almost everyone owns one of these sorts of keys by now.

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The Aurora 570 is going to make an awesome choice for those looking to build their own watercooling set ups. For one, the dual 120mm fan mounts on the back make it very easy to mount a dual-size radiator on that panel, making for some fairly awesome internalised set ups. On the other hand, if you are looking to use an external, pre-made system, then the case has built-in rubberised holes to pass the tubing through - an awesome feature that we're starting to see on more cases. The holes mean you don't have to go fiddling hose through PCI slots, which is a definite bonus.
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