Raijintek Aeneas MATX Review
First things first. This case costs just £65. OK you say so that's not too much, but what does it get us? And what's the quality like. Well for starters quality is excellent, and as for what it gets you, well if you've read the whole review you'll already know, but if not let us enlighten you.
Available in Matt Black, or in the White and Black we have here, with or without the thick acrylic window, and measuring 288x380x430mm the Aeneas is slightly taller than it is wide and has the resemblance of a mid-tower case with wide set shoulders. This effect is more than added to by the black mesh which wraps seamlessly from the front of the case round onto, and along the roof. Made from 0.8mm SGCC, the Aeneas though is perhaps more accurately described as a cube case, having as it does a removable horizontal motherboard tray which is able to accept both M-ATX and M-ITX boards. The motherboard tray even has separate lines of rubber grommeted mounting holes for both sizes of board. There's plenty of room inside too, with the horizontal board layout and decent headroom enabling the Aeneas to take CPU coolers up to 180mm in height, and although not the deepest case around there's still room for GPUs up to 310mm in length which should be plenty. Below decks, despite the presence of a four drive 3.5"/2.5" rack there's still stacks of space behind the full size ATX PSU mount area to stash and route cables.
So far so good then, but we're far from finished. The ace up the sleeve of the Aeneas is its cooling credentials. Not only does it come with a pair of 120mm fans in the front, there's also a pair of white bladed 140mm units in the rear. For those that are having trouble counting, let us spell it out. That's 2x120mm fans and 2x140mm fans in a case that only costs £65. But we're still not done, this case just keeps giving. Notice the slotted mounting holes in the image at the top of the page? well you might want to take a look back through the review to get the detail but suffice to say the Aeneas can also take up to four (yes four) 120mm fans in the front, a pair of 140s or even a 200mm unit. Up in the roof it's much the same story with support offered for 2x120mm, 2x140mm or 1x200mm. And we haven't even got to the water cooling support yet. Again, those slotted mounting holes are the key to usability here and although Raijintek only state compatibility for 240mm rads in the front and roof we're pretty damn sure that if you remove the 5.25" bay assembly, which by the way is screwed in not riveted in, there's ample room up top to fit a 280mm rad or perhaps even a more esoteric 200mm unit, and with 85mm of headroom to play with before you hit the top edge of the PCI slot area there's enough space for a fat rad or a push pull set up with something a little slimmer. If roof rads aren't your thing then have no fear as there's also space in the front for either a 240 or 280mm rad (again with the latter requiring the 5.25" bay be removed). With 36mm of space between the fans and the wall of the 3.5" rack it should be plenty big enough for a simple 240mm AIO or even a slim standard radiator.
So let's summarise this for you. The Aeneas is a good looking, well-made quality piece of kit with ample storage, decent cable management, five PCI expansion slots and switchable blue LED lighting. It comes with 2x120mm fans, 2x140mm fans and has more fan and water cooling options than you can shake a stick at. All that for £65. As for the competition, well at £75 there's the Corsair Carbide air 240, a good case in its own rights, but not able to offer all that the Aeneas does. There's also the Xigmatek Aquila that we looked at back in November 2014. Again a good case, but £5 more than the Aeneas and having no where near the level of quality or flexibility on offer here. Last but not least we have the Corsair Graphite 380T. At £110 it's £45 quid more than the Aeneas and looks aside although it has great portability and LAN credentials, there's little more to endear it over the Aeneas
At the beginning of this review we said the pressure was on for the Aeneas to do well. Basically with straight 10s it just romped home.