Gigabyte 3D Aurora Case

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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.
 
Gigabyte 3D Aurora side-on Gigabyte 3D Aurora showing other side
Gigabyte 3D Aurora rear
 
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.
 
Gigabyte 3D Aurora front Gigabyte 3D Aurora fan inlet
 
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.
 
Gigabyte 3D Aurora on/off and reset button
 
Gigabyte 3D Aurora front panel connectors
 
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.
 
Gigabyte 3D Aurora case feet retracted Gigabyte 3D Aurora case feet open
 
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.
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05-11-2008, 03:06:37

PV5150
OC3D had the opportunity to review an oldie, but a goodie in the case department - the Gigabyte 3D Aurora

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...081738790s.jpg

Check out the review here

05-11-2008, 05:00:48

Hassan
Excellent review

I was gonna say how old the case is, but you've already mentioned that.

05-11-2008, 07:11:05

ionicle
nice review, on one of the pages, cant remember which, there is a spelling mistake, i think its suposed to be what, but its wht

05-11-2008, 07:33:05

PV5150
Thanks guys and I'm glad you enjoyed the review.

Typo fixed too thanks ionicle

05-11-2008, 08:11:46

Brooksie
Nice review, it's a good case but I still prefer my Aurora 570 Even though it is a tank and I want something smaller

05-11-2008, 19:04:02

mVp24
Was going to get this earlier.

GJ as always PV.

06-11-2008, 05:00:03

PV5150
Yeah it's a nice case and certainly worthy of a look if you're in the market for a new one. Thanks for the feedback and I'm glad you enjoyed the review

09-12-2008, 15:42:47

Big_Tim
Nice review, good pics too.

I've had one of these for a couple of years now and I decided to give it a good clean out inside.

Does anyone know if you can change the front filter? Mine's a little dusty and I think it's impairing the air flow across the HDDs and into the system causing some minor over-heating issues...

It looks like you should be able to get it out, but the LED wires have been glued in (during manufacture I presume) and the glue overlaps the corner of the filter holding it in. Before I get all Stanley knife on it thought I might find out if anyone knows if it can be replaced.

10-12-2008, 04:08:43

PV5150
Thank you mate for the feedback and I'm glad you enjoyed the review. Regarding the dust filter question: it most certainly should be able to be removed and cleaned. If the glue has managed to get on the corner of the dust filter then simply use a pen knife to gently remove it.

19-01-2009, 06:56:07

aladdin74
thanx for excellent review , i just wana ask i have the new GTX 260 core 216 ...will it fit inside the case ?and another question will this case be a future proof for the newer cards and maybe lengther cards ??? if u can send me a qucik reply and as i am stuck to buy this case or tehrmaltake aguila case ?? i change GPU cards every year
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