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Gigabyte 3D Aurora GZ-FSCA1-AN Aluminium Case

Gigabyte 3D Aurora GZ-FSCA1-AN Aluminium Case - PCSTATS
Abstract: The high-end Gigabyte 3D Aurora aluminium case is designed to especially accommodate watercooling systems.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Oct 21 2005   Mike Dowler  
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Tool-less Installation Features

Installing optical drive proved to be simple also. All the drive bays had plastic and metal slot guards installed which was slightly annoying, but removing the front bezel (with six catches, three on each side) allowed us to easily remove both guards.

The screwless 5.25 inch drive bays use a locking mechanism which sits on the right side of the bay. Pulling the lever to the unlocked position allowed us to slide our drive into the case. Once it was in position, a hard pull on the first lever pushed metal tabs into the screw holes of the drive, then the secondary locking button is pushed down, securing the drive in place. This installation method is simple and will keep the drive more than secure as long as the case is not jostled around too much. Screw holes are not provided, so there are no other options for securing your drives.

The bay at the bottom of the drive 'stack' holds up to 5 3 1/2" drives at a 90-degree angle to the rest of the drives. This makes installing and connecting the drives fairly simple, though cable management could become an issue if you use more than three of the slots.

Since the drives face out towards the side of the case, there is only a relatively cramped space for a cable run. This does have the positive effect of relieving the typical wire tangle in the middle of the case though.

To install a hard disk, you clip one of the ten included rails to each side of the drive, then slide it into the bay until it clips into place. This proved extremely easy to do.

Powered Up

We powered up the system using fairly typical power button hidden under the front door. The 3D Aurora instantly lit up its immediate surroundings with the 13-LED blue glow from its three fans and the front display mechanism. The glowing blue 3D Aurora logo projected under the front of the case is a nice touch, though opinions were divided as to its desirability.

The transparent plate with the logo on it can be removed if desired, so this shouldn't trouble anybody one way or the other.

The Gigabyte 3D Aurora was generally a pleasure to install and use, with no irritating habits. Good news for Gigabyte on the case manufacturing front.

Gigabyte comes up with a winner

The Gigabyte 3D Aurora case combines several great features into an attractive whole.

Solid workmanship, huge drive capacity and convenient and rapid tool-less installation are all characteristics of the case which we liked. It's a good size too, not cramped but not huge and overwhelming either. The fact that Gigabyte prepared the case for water cooling out of the factory speaks volumes about their target market for this case.

The things we liked slightly less were the angled hard drive bay (which makes installation and removal extremely easy but complicates the business of running cables to your drives), the dubious use of magnets in close proximity to the floppy drive, the odd positioning of the 'front' LEDs and ports and the slightly unattractive styling of the front air intake.

None of these are deal breakers or even bad features, they just struck us as slightly odd. The case is not particularly light for its aluminium construction because of the complicated front bezel.

In use, the Gigabyte 3D Aurora was difficult to find fault with. Basic system installation was effortless and the case is attractive and efficient when assembled. The Gigabyte 3D Aurora retails for about $140USD, which is pretty average for high-end aluminium enclosure. It's pricey next to a beige box, but you certainly get a solid case for the money though.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GZ-FSCA1-AN
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte 3D Aurora GZ-FSCA1-AN Aluminium Case
 Pg 2.  Case Details and Watercooling
 Pg 3.  User Access and Features
 Pg 4.  Watercooling passthru and Ports
 Pg 5.  Device Bays and Control Panel
 Pg 6.  — Tool-less Installation Features

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