Gigabyte 3D Aurora Case

Internal

Internal
 
The Gigabyte 3D Aurora is surprisingly spacious, and while there isn't a removable motherboard tray, there is a significant amount of room above it to make installation easier. We can see from the image below (showing the chassis with the rear side panel off) that there really isn't much room to route cables behind the motherboard tray itself. As a consequence, it means that cabling will either have to be routed behind the motherboard, or over the top of the tray. Unfortunately, the latter tends to look messy and can hinder airflow through the chassis.
 
As with many budget chassis', the Gigabyte 3D Aurora is riveted together instead of screwed like my Silverstone TJ-07. Admittedly, this is done purely as a cost-cutting exercise, but it's something to remember if you decide that you'd like to incorporate one of these into a mod.
 
3D Aurora rear 3D Aurora front
Gigabyte 3D Aurora 
 
Interestingly though, Gigabyte has included minor cable routing possibilities into the PSU support rails. We can see from the image (above right) that the small clips on both sides can assist when routing cables. I still would have liked to have seen some pre-cut holes in the motherboard tray to make facilitation easier though.
 
water-cooling grommets and blanking plates
 
The PCI and PCI-E blanking plates area sees a rather ingenious way of securing the hardware. At the top of the blanking plates, there is a small lever that, when pulled towards the front of the chassis, releases pressure holding the blanking plates in place. Moving the lever back into the locked position sees everything firmly held in place.
 
 HDD cage HDD cage_2
 
The HDD cage is able to take up to five hard drives due to its sufficient height. Hard drives are positioned into place and retained in position courtesy of tool-less rails that lock into the small holes on the leading edge of the cage itself. The accessories box that we saw on page 2 is situated at the bottom of the HDD cage, and if you want to make full use of the available space, then this will need to be removed.
 
Drivebay shot Tool-less mounting
 Metal plates behind 5.25" drivebay covers
 
We can see that the Gigabyte 3D Aurora can cater to up to five 5.25" devices and also makes provisions for two floppy drives if you still use them. The 3D Aurora also features the tool-less design that we see in many chassis available in the market. I would have liked to have seen black locking mechanisms on this chassis, as the white just looks a little odd, but this is an extremely minor niggle.
 
Behind front fascia
 
Immediately behind the front fascia and above the fan filter, we can see the 3D Aurora's distinguishing feature - the 3D backlight. Essentially, the globe (silver cylindrical shape above fan filter) beams down onto a plastic screen and projects the image/writing onto the area in front of the chassis. In this case, it's '3D Aurora'.
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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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