AeroCool AeroRacer Pro PC Case ReviewThu, Dec 04, 2008 - 12:00 AM
Installing Parts and Final Thoughts
Installing parts into the AeroRacer Pro was very straight forward and fairly easy. There was plenty of room for the test bench hardware. As stated in the specifications from AeroCool the AeroRacer Pro can handle PCI cards up to 295 mm [11.6 inches] in length, but in having a card that long you loose a hard drive. With the way the drive rail system is setup you can’t mount the drive by pushing it forward in the case to allow for more room. So if this case this is on your list of possibilities, this is something that you are going to want to look in to. If not, you could get an unpleasant surprise when you can’t fit all your hardware in the case. At least AeroCool was nice enough to provide a max card length dimension for what will fit in a case.
The AeroRacer is an interesting case mainly due to the fact it has a 40cm fan. When I first looked at the case I thought of an old LAN buddy from years ago that hauled a small house fan to help cool his rig when at LAN parties. The fan on the AeroRacer is surprisingly quiet, but most large low RPM fans are.
The rest of the AeroRacer is pretty much your run of the mill midtower with some nice style to the face of the case. The drive rail system does a good job of holding the drives in place. I had to put a fair amount of pressure on the drive to get it to move, more so than the system would encounter just being moved around. If the drives do move, then the system took a good hit (dropped or hit) and you may have other issues then your drives moving.
The AeroRacer Pro can be found in the black or red versions for $99.99 plus shipping. For this price I would have liked to have seen at least a 120mm rear fan included. The side fan does push a lot of air, you can feel it leaving the case through the rear vent, I just think a rear fan could help get the air out more efficiently.
Bottom Line: The AeroRacer Pro from AeroCool is a nicely built case with the largest side panel fan I have ever seen in a production case.