To be honest, I'm a sucker for a black case, as it accentuates the lines a little better, and the black Gigabyte 3D Aurora is no different. Admittedly, the protruding part of the front fascia takes a little getting used to, but overall the chassis is quite aesthetically pleasing.
The Gigabyte 3D Aurora has a windowed panel included, so if you don't want to, there is no need to butcher it in the name of modification purposes. The windowed panel features a lockable handle, and the keen-eyed amongst us will also notice the same sort of lock on the front fascia. Both side panels fit extremely snugly and there is not a hint of 'rattle' from either one.
On the rear of the chassis, Gigabyte has seen fit to include two 120mm fans to ensure that all available warm air that collects inside during operation can be efficiently drawn out the back. As well as the fans, we can see the rubber grommets in the bottom right-hand corner that will enable the chassis to be used with a dedicated water-cooling setup too should you wish to travel down that route.
The front of the Gigabyte 3D Aurora features a nicely contoured door that extends approximately 2/3's of the height of the chassis. From this front elevation we can see the protruding part of the fascia in a little more detail, and we can see that it is in fact the air intake for a 120mm fan.
Immediately behind the door we can see the power and reset switches, which are nicely recessed into the front to minimise the risk of them accidentally being pushed. On the side of the air intake at the bottom, there are: the power and HDD activity LED's; microphone and audio in jacks; two USB and one Firewire port.
Like the Thermaltake Spedo
I reviewed a short while back, the Gigabyte 3D Aurora also has retractable case feet. The images below show them in both their retracted and unretracted position. All that's needed is to gently swing them out 90 degrees and they lock into position, providing additional stability for the chassis itself.