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Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 Aluminum Chassis Review
Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 Aluminum Chassis Review - PCSTATS
Like its predecessor, the all aluminum Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 case is compatible with watercooling systems right out of the box.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Nov 23 2006   C. Sun  
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Exterior Case Details

The face of the Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 case is clean and simple; just a slightly curved brushed aluminum finish, a slight bit detailing at the corners and a logo. Nice. The hefty aluminum front bezel door opens to the right (most cases open to the left) which is a nice change. There are five 5.25" ODD bays, and two 3.5" FDD bays at your disposal, finding silver coloured CDROM fronts is going to be another challenge entirely though. The belly of the case extends further than the top portion, but we'll get into why a bit later.

The front bezel is removable if you need to get at the dust filter in front of the 120mm intake fan. You'll need to remove both side panels to get it off, and be careful as there are a few sharp edges.

There is a lock at the bottom left which allows you to restrict access to the power and reset buttons, and any drives behind the front bezel door. A handy set of front pane connectors remain accessible with the door open or closed. There is one IEEE 1394a jack, two USB jacks, HDD activity LED, a microphone input and a headphone jack. The power and reset buttons are hidden behind the door, just next to the two 3.5" FDD ports.

The blue plastic is on the fragile side so be careful otherwise you could potentially mark up the case and that would be a shame.

Below all of the ports is a 120mm fan which draws air into the front of the 3D Aurora 570 case through the thin black mesh screen at the very bottom. The fan has its own dust filter to help weed out cat hair and dust bunnies, so you'll want to remove the entire front bezel of the 3D Aurora 570 at least once a year to give that a good cleaning out. The fan runs really quietly too, I should add.

The side of the Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 in all its glory. The side grill can be removed and a clear case window installed; Gigabyte include both side panels with the 3D Aurora 570, but this is how the unit ships. On the underside of this big naturally aluminum case are four which can be rotated outwards to improve stability. The case stands 52cm tall and is 57cm deep. Note the locks on both the side panel, and front bezel door.

The left side panel features a lockable latch mechanism and a ventilation grill. If you're not a fan of the grill, it can be replaced with a transparent plastic window in less than 5 minutes which is also included in the box. To do that, you'll need a screw driver.

The default hole grid side panel can be replaced with a clear plastic window (included) if you like that look more. The window is 29.2 x 31.8 cm in size.

Below the door handle is the lock and only one key is necessary to lock/unlock both the front door and side panel. Like most cases of this general design, the door unlocks and swings out towards the front until it disengages from the chassis. This makes it really easy to open up the the 3D Aurora 570 and tinker around inside, whilst putting the door off to one side.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 Aluminum Chassis Review
 Pg 2.  Aluminum Case Highlights
 Pg 3.  — Exterior Case Details
 Pg 4.  Watercooling Friendly
 Pg 5.  Device bays
 Pg 6.  Powering it up and conclusions

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