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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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Watercooling Friendly

For any computer enthusiast, the most attractive feature of the Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 is that it's watercooling ready out of the box. At the back of the case you'll find two black rubber pass-throughs. These aren't high tech roach traps, or mini cup holders, they are for watercooling tubing up to 2.5cm or 1" in diameter to enter and exit the case via.

The rubber passthrough holes are 2.5 cm in diameter which is large enough for even high end watercooling systems.

The rubber pass-throughs were designed with Gigabyte's own watercooling system in mind, but the idea works with any other watercooling kit as well. Just above the PCI brackets are two 120mm exhaust fans (both are blue LED illuminated) which are held in place with vibration absorbing rubber posts. The idea is that a single 120mm sized radiator can be installed just behind these fans, and the exhaust airflow from the case harnessed for cooling without adding any additional noise.

Gigabyte equips the 3D Aurora 570 with two 120mm exhaust fans which glow blue when running. The fans are very quiet, and are mounted to the chassis with rubber vibration absorbing posts. With the compatible Gigabyte watercooling system, a single/dual 120mm watercooling radiator is mounted over these fans. Gigabyte has really built the 3D Aurora 570 with watercooling in mind. ;-)

The 120mm fans move air through honeycomb vents, which are said to be among the best punched metal style. In the full profile picture of the Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 case below you'll note that the entire back panel is nickel plated steel. This ensures screw threads don't strip. The third 120mm fan and dust filter are visible when the front bezel of the 3D Aurora 570 has been removed. The actual frame of the chassis is not anodized, just the outer panels.

The aluminum panels on the case are all anodized. The rear of the 3D Aurora 570 is made of 1mm thick SECC steel which has been nickel plated to inhibit corrosion that would occur when two dissimilar metals come in contact like this. Steel was selected because it adds strength, and screw holes tend to last longer. The 570 measures 20cm wide and 52cm tall.

The right side of the case (when the front bezel is facing you) is completely featureless and there is no reason to take that side panel off unless you need to also remove the front bezel and do a dusting. Let's take a look inside the Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 case next...

Inside the Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 case there is a ton of space to work with. Full sized desktop ATX motherboards are 244mm in length, so there's still plenty of room to spare.

Computer hardware enthusiasts will like this, there is plenty of space to work with inside the Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570. You cannot remove the motherboard tray but that shouldn't matter as you can easily fit a full sized ATX motherboard in without any difficulty. Don't forget to install the brass standoffs onto the motherboard tray in the correct pattern so all the screw holes on the motherboard line up! We've seen boards shorted by incorrectly positioned standoffs... A motherboard the size of 33 x 34.3 cm in size can be installed into the 3D Aurora 570 case.

Motherboards mount to small brass stand offs, which you will need to install on the non-removable motherboard tray first. Heck, you could probably even install a workstation or server motherboard in here without running out of space... The 5.25" optical and 3.5" floppy drives use captive tooless mechanisms to install. It's hard to believe that in the old days one used to have to screw in each optical drive or hard drive with actual case screws. The tooless mechanism has a firm grip, and is lockable so computers in transit shouldn't fear drives flying loose.

There are three hidden 3 1/2" drive bays for hard drives, five if you remove the tool box. Since modern hard drives can get quite warm during operation, venting ensures good airflow from the front 120mm case intake fan. The HDD's snap in place thanks to the tooless drive rails.

The black box at the bottom is the "tool box" for holding extra parts. If you need the space for actual hard drives it removes in a jiffy. On the topic of rounding over all the sharp edges, and corners in here, Gigabyte has one done a so-so job.

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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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