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Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 Case

Manufacturer: Gigabyte
Supplied by: Gigabyte
Street Price: $150.00

by: Brian Tiller (2/5/2007)

Introduction

We all know the name Gigabyte. Having been around for 20 years, they have a well deserved reputation for their motherboards and graphics cards. What many people don't realize is their wide ranging vision has expanded to include many more product lines, including coolers, servers and even mobile phones. A couple of years ago they expanded their reach into computer cases and today we have one of their newest offerings to take a look at. A big thanks to the folks at Gigabyte for sponsoring this review today of the Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 Case.

Specifications:

  • Observed Dimensions: 571.5mm (L) x 542.9mm (H) x 206.3mm (W)

  • Observed Weight: 15lbs

  • Construction: Aluminum

  • Offered colors: Silver/Black

  • Drive Bays: (5) 5.25" External
                    (2) 3.5" External
                    (5) 3.5" Internal

  • Included Fans: (3) 120mm
                         (2) Rear
                         (1) Front

  • Mesh/Windowed Side Panel

  • Expansion Slots: 7

  • Expansion Slots designed for lengthy GeForce 8800 (up to 12.5 inches)

  • Motherboards: ATX/microATX

  • Tool free drive bays

  • Locking side panel

  • Liquid cooling support with dual tube outlets

  • "Patent Pending Customized Light Beam Projector"

  • Cable management

  • Front access ports: (2) USB 2.0, (1) FireWire, HD-AC97 audio

Hmmm, I'm wondering if I missed anything there. Gigabyte has included quite a few nice features in this case so I'm sure if I missed it in the specs, we'll cover it while going over the Aurora.

One thing I'd like to point out is that Gigabyte packs their case with a great deal of care. I don't usually take notice of this, but this is one case that I wouldn't worry about during transport to your door.

Our box arrived a bit beat up with several of the corners mashed but thanks to the fine packing job, the case inside wasn't touched.

As you can see, we received our Aurora in black. The front of the case has a fairly unique design to it. The bottom portion below the door juts out past the rest of the case.

     

The top door is decorated with the Gigabyte name and a center piece which divides the door.  Opening the door reveals the external drive bays and the power and reset buttons.

Below the door are the external access ports for the USB/FireWire/Audio. These are set into a piece of cool blue plastic. This is a very nice look to the case, but be careful as the plastic is a bit fragile.

  

At the bottom is a mesh grill. This is the air intake for the case, so it will need to be kept clean and clear of dust for good airflow.
 

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