Chieftec CH-05B-B Aegis Mid Tower case
Posted by: Mac on: 18.05.2009 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Upon opening the box I was a little surprised, pleasantly, to see what resembled a giant egg box, the internal packaging seems to be made from recycled cardboard, or at least normal cardboard so is environmentally friendly. And then I found a polythene bag keeping the Aegis nice and clean.
Removing the Aegis from the box and bag we finally get our first proper look at it, first impressions are good, its nice looking without being too over the top, plain but stylish too. The top of the case has some extra protection in the way of a slightly sticky plastic film, which should be removed easily.
Starting around the back a couple of things are immediately noticeable as not necessarily the norm. Firstly it would appear that the top and bottom panels MAY be removable as they appear to be crewed on? Secondly the psu mounting is removable and reversible, this is the second time I have seen this recently, is it becoming the norm?
Also there are a lot of vents in and over the PCI slots so there is a definite lean towards cooling on this case, we also have the now mandatory 120mm case fan, which Chieftec have kindly supplied, in fact they have completely kitted the case out in fans for me, many thanks to them for kindly doing so.
Onto the front of the case, well the door of the case to be precise, which is basically a large grill. No real features apart from the badge in the centre. I quite like the case badge, as it breaks up the otherwise plain front.
The badge on the front kind of reminds me of a certain sports car badge that shall remain nameless.
Opening the door we can see the blanking panels for the external drive bays. Unfortunately I have to say I don’t like them. I understand the reasoning behind them as it makes removal a lot easier but personally I would prefer “normal” ones. I am glad this case has a door to hide them. The bottom half of the front is where the hard drives sit and these have the vent in front of them to aid in their cooling. We also have the power and reset switches along with the power and drive activity leds.
The only thing of note on the top of the case is the top fan, 120mm, as mentioned Chieftec have been kind enough to fit a fan in my sample.
The “main side” on my sample has the mesh side panel, this should hopefully aid in cooling as the hard drive fans should have a pretty much un restricted flow of cool air as should the cpu and graphics card cooling fans, however as the only “filter” is the mesh its self it could, and unfortunately probably will, allow a lot of dust into the case.
The other side of the Aegis is quite plain apart from the outlet for the hard drive cooling fans and the I/O connections.
The only other thing I can tell you about on the exterior of the Aegis is about the feet, They rotate out to aid in stabilising the case. Again this is something that seems to becoming more common these days, which is a good thing as it is a simple yet effective idea.
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