AeroCool Sixth Element White edition

Op Close: Interior

AeroCool Sixth Element White edition

 

Up Close:  Interior

With the side door removed by means of the two black knurled thumb screws at the rear we gain entry to the interior of the case.  The White theme continues here, however it is nice to see the use of Black to provide a counterpoint to what would have otherwise have been a glacier of white.  The case can accept ATX and Micro ATX boards.  The Motherboard tray is non removable but does have a good size CPU cut out, with access to the rear of the tray via the removable right hand case side panel.  Three additional Motherboard cut outs are provided to aid cable management and surprisingly at this price point, AeroCool have managed to stretch the budget and clad each one with a rubber grommet.  The cable management holes are of a reasonable size and quite well distributed across the interior.  More holes would have been nicer however the three provided are sufficient for most builds in a case of this size.

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Storage wise the Sixth Element has four 5.25" external bays, two with tool free mechanisms and the other two requiring screws to hold the bay devices in place.  Personally I'm a big fan of screws for holding bay devices in, particularly drives and pump res combos as for the greater part I just don't feel that the majority of the tool free mechanisms around provide a strong enough fixation.  Add to that I've never needed to get a device out in such a hurry that having to go and fetch a screw driver has proved a troublesome delay.  But I digress, Interior bay wise we are provided with two modules each able to hold up to three 3.5" drives (an adaptor is also provided to allow a 2.5" SSD to be installed), giving a total of six internal bays.

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Although compact, as one would expect for a case with these external dimensions, the interior is well laid out and able to accept GPUs of up to 280mm in length.  This can be extended up to a whopping 400mm with the removal of the upper most 3.5" drive bay.  Ok this leaves you with only 3 internal drive bays for your HDDs but with the ever falling prices of multi terabyte platters three bays should be more than plenty for most users.

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The 3.5 in drives are located by means of brackets which screw onto the side of the HDDs.  The accessory box included in the case came rather imaginatively mounted inside one of the drive bays by means of these brackets.  Along with the mounting brackets the accessory box also contains more screws than you can shake a stick at, quite a few cable ties, a Motherboard header speaker/beeper, and something I've never seen before.  AeroCool have included a PCI card stability mechanism.  Essentially large cable ties with holes at one end.  The idea being that the holed end of the cable ties are secured in place via the motherboard mounting screws.  They then meet over the top of the PCI cards and when ratcheted down provide stability and support to the cards.  I have to be honest I'm not too convinced for 2 main reasons.  Firstly would you really want to be undoing Motherboard screws when you change your GPU and secondly, I'm pretty convinced that the PCI mounting screws on the rear of the case do a pretty good job of supporting the cards.

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Removing the upper HDD bay also serves to give us a better view of the front 140mm intake fan.  A 15 bladed 1500RPM White LED unit, with manufacturers figures suggesting 96.5 CFM at 29.6dBA.  While we're down at the bottom it seems a good time to have look at the PSU mounting area.  Although pretty basic in general terms the area still sports 4 small isolation feet to support your PSU and reduce vibration transmission, as well as having a cut out for the PSU intake with a removable dust filter.

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Last stop on the tour of the interior of the case is the rear roof area.  The roof of the case comes pre installed with a 140mm LED fan identical to the one in the front of the case.  This fan expels air from the case by means of the triangular vent in the roof of the case.   There is also a mounting area for a rear 120mm fan should you choose to mount one to supplement the roof extract.

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Most Recent Comments

10-11-2011, 07:20:31

tinytomlogan


AeroCool's new case, the Sixth Element. The name got me thinking about what the Sixth element is, I mean if the 5th Element was the supreme being in the shape of Milla Jovovich then the Sixth element must be something pretty special.

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10-11-2011, 07:41:37

SieB
The front panel looks pretty funky but I don't like the side panel and the inside looks a bit basic too. Personally I think it's a bit highly priced and should be around 60, there are better cases for ~77, 400/500R for example.

10-11-2011, 07:43:39

sheroo
When are these manufacturers gonna get the message - if its a new case us enthusiasts expect at least 1 USB3.0 on the front with a suitable motherboard header, and if you're gonna put a side window on there - WE DON'T WANT ANY VENTS! and if you are gonna go to the trouble to paint the interior make all the internal wiring black! tbh I think this case is pointless - get a fractal R3 instead as they're about the same money.

10-11-2011, 07:44:34

dipzy
The exterior design puts me off big time, especially the front, these are the kind of cases PC World use to sell in their stores 5-6 years ago. Looks too cheap imo, could have been much better.

10-11-2011, 08:04:43

badtaylorx
seems ok but doesnt live up to the name.....to "one up" an orange haired milla jovavitch takes a lot more than this........

nice case

but sorry aerocool

you need to go visit the nameingway!!!

10-11-2011, 10:22:49

ionicle
its no lian li

but it is a nice looking case...

and for the price, with a bit of tweaking, it could be good, i.e. cut a bigger window and ditch the vents in the current one...

if you did it with say a black watercooling setup, and a black mobo, and graphics....?

10-11-2011, 20:06:26

| raVen |
Personally I don't like look of this case at all

10-11-2011, 21:42:20

CocaCola
It looks pretty cool though. For a similar price, there are quite a few better cases to choose from.

11-11-2011, 02:32:18

Earthmonger
The fifth element is Man. Well, not specifically; a corporeal body capable of sentient, abstract thought.

The sixth element is the Supernatural. The spirit. The holy/unholy. The unfathomable and unknowable. The godhand. Cthulhu. Forces unbound by the prison of physics.

This case does not live up to its name. And that motherboard cutout is going to be useless with LGA2011. That front intake seems rather limited by the thoughtless lack of ventilation in the bezel. Still, it's hard to find a case that has no potential, and there is a small amount of it present here.

11-11-2011, 04:00:33

Vorpal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Earthmonger View Post

The fifth element is Man. Well, not specifically; a corporeal body capable of sentient, abstract thought.

The sixth element is the Supernatural. The spirit. The holy/unholy. The unfathomable and unknowable. The godhand. Cthulhu. Forces unbound by the prison of physics.
And here I thought the sixth element was carbon. In which case this case would probably live up to its name, since it it has a bunch of plastic.
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