Chieftec CH-05B-B Aegis Mid Tower case
Posted by: Mac on: 18.05.2009 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
In use the Chieftec Aegis is nice and quiet, everything is well fitting, as you would expect coming from Chieftec, so thereís no buzzing or rattling from vibrations caused by drives or whatever. The cooling seems to work very well but I expect a bit of a dust problem over time, as even though the mesh is quite fine I suspect the dust will still get sucked through. During the build there were no real problems, I would have like some options to route the cables out of the way as there was no real obvious places to do so, with more time I could have probably done a neater job. This aside the actual build was pretty painless.
There is a reasonable amount of room to work with, even though the Aegis isnít exactly the largest case I have reviewed but neither is it the smallest. The only real issue I have with the Chieftec Aegis is the fact I had trouble fitting the side panel AFTER the build. The Sata power and data cables (mainly the data cables) actually sat a mm or 2 proud of the side of the case and I had to redo them as whilst they didnít exactly stop the side going on I would have had to force the side down which I didnít want to have to do, even with the cables redone they are still touching the side panel when its fitted.
Personally I would have preferred it if the drives were orientated the normal way, i.e. front to back, this would have allowed for a narrower drive cage, maybe larger cooling fans, and possibly somewhere to route cables out of the way.† Or even sata cables with right angle on one end shipped with the case (this will ensure users donít feel the way I did with the cables)
Retailing at†£60 , itís a nice enough case, looks quite nice, in my opinion, performs reasonably well in use but its lacking features.† Yes it is made by Chieftec but, the previously mentioned lack of a cable management system and some dust filters for example.
If you are looking for a medium size case with understated looks then the Chieftec Aegis might worth considering.
- Easy to work with.
- Excellent build quality.
- Good cooling ability.
- Understated styling (always a personal opinion though)
- Side panel can foul on hard drive connections.
- No real obvious place to route cables.
Reality Check: All things considered I award the Chieftec Aegis a Silver award and if I am really honest I think some improvements could be made to what could be a great case. Some cable routing would be nice and also in the specs, or listed on site that Chieftec recommends the use of right angle sata cables.
Reviewed by Mac
Many thanks to Chieftec for supplying the Aegis for review.