The Aerocool AeroRacer Pro
AeroCool has been designing cases since 2002, which just happens to make the company the same age as Legit Reviews. Over the past six years the engineering team over at AeroCool has focused on airflow as the center of design for their PC cases and the AeroRacer Pro PC case pictured above should clearly show that.
AeroCool.US is established in 2002 in the US and is committed to share our technical expertise and innovative design in providing total-solution for thermal management. Although AeroCool.US is a new player in the cooler market, but we offer the latest cooling technology and solution for industrial and personal computers. Our strengths lie in our RD abilities, advance manufacturing facilities, strong cooperative partners and high performance and unique products. - Source: AeroCool.USIt seems that over the years fans have become larger and it looks like they have finally become the same size as the case dimensions themselves! The first thing that jumps out at you when looking at the AeroCool AeroRacer Pro case is the 40cm or 15.7 inch box fan strapped to the side. At 400mm in size the fan is nearly as tall as the 410mm chassis, which makes it look like a box fan strapped to the side of the computer. Back in the early days of LAN gaming people used to improve cooling by using a household box fan, so it looks like that cooling trick finally went mainstream and a 120V electrical connection isn't needed. Chassis designers have finally caught up to what modders and gamers have been improvising on their own for years! Before we get too far let's take a quick look at the features and specifications of the AeroRacer Pro. Features
- Car style "Engine Start" power switch
- Leather painting surface finishes
- 2x USB / Mic & Headphone
- Biggest side panel fan in the world !!!
- Complete tool free design
- HUGE 40cm fan pumps out more than 250CFM of airflow (for AeroRacer Pro models)
- Metal mesh ventilation design for good airflow with dust filter (for AeroRacer Pro models)
- Case Type: Middle Tower
- Material: SECC 0.6mm
- Motherboards: ATX & Micro ATX
- Chassis Dimensions: 410(H) x 190(W) x 450(D)
- Drive Bays: 4 x 5.25" (External), 1 x 3.5" (External), 4 x HDD (Hidden)
- Expansion Slots: 7 Slots Max length space available for PCI slots: 295 mm [11.6 inches] (without HDD installation)
- I / O Ports: 2 x USB2.0 / Earphone / Mic
- Side Fan: 400mm
- Speed (RPM): 400 RPM
- Air Flow (CFM): 250 CFM (MAX)
- Noise (dBA): 12 dB (A)
- Bearing: 2 Ball w/ Auto Re-Start
- Rear Fan: Not included. User can choose to install 80mm, 92mm or 120mm fan at rear of chassis
The AeroRacer Pro comes in a nice sturdy box with all specs and features listed on the ends, and sports images of the two color versions of the case on the side. Today we will be looking at the black version.
Out of the box we can see the AeroRacer Pro comes packed in the usual way, foam end caps and wrapped in plastic.
The finish of the front bay door is protected by a plastic wrap. This easily peeled off and left no residue.
With the AeroRacer Pro unpacked and on the table in all its glory, your eyes get pulled away from the front of the case to the absurdly massive 40cm side fan. Over all the AeroRacer Pro is a sharp looking case.
Looking straight at the front of the case we can see that the front bay door has a very nice finish to it. After handling the case for a while I was surprised that is was not completely covered in finger prints. There were a fair amount, but they were easily whipped off.
Behind the door we can see the drive bay covers. The door covers the drive activity LED and reset switch. The finish of the front bezel is some kind of rubberized finish that is to represent leather.
The power button is the large chrome button labeled Engine Start. Now the last time we seen a button like this it was on the In Win F430 case, unlike the F430 the AeroRacer will not make an engine start sound when you press the button. It is however back lit with a blue LED, so when the system is on the button has a blue glowing ring around it. Under the button is a small mesh grill for the front air intake.
To the left of the power button is the front IO ports. The orientation and closeness of the USB ports may cause an issue with wide body USB devices.
Looking at the left side we can get a good look at the massive 40cm side fan that quiet literally takes up the entire side of the case. The fan is surprising quiet. Running in the 12db range it is spinning at 400rpm and pushing 250cfm.
Looking at the rear of the case we can see the rear fan mount, IO shield, and expansion slot covers. The IO shield and expansion slot covers are stamped. Removing these may leave little bumps that could prevent components from setting properly. These can be filed down with a nail file.
Looking at the bottom of the AeroRacer Pro we can see the soft black rubber type case feet.
Looking Inside the AeroRacer Pro
With the side panel off and setting next to the case you can get a feel for just how much of the case the fan is blowing on. The down side to this massive side fan is that there is no dust filtering. With the amount of air the fan is moving it will most defiantly suck dust and pet fur in to the case. You may also notice that the fan does not stick into the case any; this is good as it will not limit your cooler options or interfere with other case components.
Looking towards the front of the case we can see the there is room for four 5.25 drives and four hard drives and one external 3.5” device.
Each of the drive bays has a tooless drive retention system. This is only on one side of the drive bay so removal of one side panel is needed to install/remove a device. There are pressure pads that will hold the drive in place, and they do hold the drive snugly.
The front panel wires are nice and long so reaching the motherboard connections should not be an issue.
For the motherboard mounts the AeroRacer Pro uses a combination of stamped and screw in type standoffs.
After pulling the front bezel off we can see the front panel wiring, and fan mount; nothing to exciting, so on to installing parts.
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. Final Thoughts
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.