AeroCool AeroEngine-Plus ATX Case Review

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Internal Impressions

 

AreoEnginge Innards

 

Well, the outside of the case certainly didn’t show for much, but as they say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” so lets move inside to see if things get any better.

 

AreoEngine PSU_Room

 

You can see we mounted our massive Thermaltake Toughpower PSU and there is still working room under and behind the power supply for optical drives and bigger processor heat sinks.

 

AreoEngine Clip
AreoEngine Clip on

 

The 5.25 drive bays use a screwless design which utilize a plastic lock that you attach on the outside of the cage and turn to lock into place. The DVD drive we added was sturdy and did not move or jiggle which is comforting to know since this is a gaming case and will more than likely be carried to and from lans.

 

AeroEngine HDD_Cage
AeroEngine HDD_Cage

 

The hard drive cage is mounted to the side so the hard drive connectors face you. Being a cable management stickler, I like this method since it allows more access to route cables. And, as you can see, there is plenty of room to route and hide cables, which was a big plus in my eyes.

 

AEPLUS mobo room

 

As far as the motherboard area goes, there is not a removable motherboard tray, but there is an adequate amount of space to work with. I had no problems fitting my hands to put in the motherboard and connecting cables to it. The standoff holes are clearly marked for atx,m-atx, etc. In the back of the case there is room for a 120mm fan that is NOT included and 7 pci slots which do use screws.

 

8800 no fit
AEPLUS 8800 no fit

 

We tried mounting one of our NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX video cards in the case, but as you can see in the picture it is about a centimeter too long. However we had no problem fitting an NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS in there.

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