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Gigabyte 3D Aurora GZ-FSCA1-AN Case
Yesterday we looked at a high end case from SilverStone and today we’re looking at one from Gigabyte. At first it might seem strange that a company associated with components would bring out a range of cases. But actually it makes a lot of sense for the company that manufactures components to also make the thing that you put them in. Besides, competitors such as AOpen have done well selling cases for some time, while Asus also recently added cases to its line-up, so Gigabyte probably thought that it was about time it did so too.
Very much geared towards the high-end of the market this case is mostly constructed out of aluminium, although Gigabyte also has a version made of mild steel. The GZ-FSCA1-AN on review here is the first sample to arrive in the UK and as such is not a full production model. The 3D Aurora cases will be available in silver or black and all models will have an aluminium front bezel. It’s not tiny, and measures 205 x 510 x 430 mm (W x H x D) but a roomy case is good news for the upgrader.
Rather than going for a brushed aluminium look, Gigabyte has powder coated the case. This has its ups and downs. It doesn’t look quite as good as brushed aluminium, but it does add some scratch resistance. Some parts of the case are made of plastic; the most noticeable part being when you open the aluminium door. Again this has pros and cons. The downside is that plastic isn’t as durable nor as aesthetically pleasing as aluminium. However, it is easier to find drives of a matching colour.
The left side has a vent cut out in it, although there are no fans fitted to it or any kind of tubing to fit over the CPU cooler. There is also a handle that’s used for opening the side of the case and a lock. Three thumb screws are also supplied to further secure the side. Oddly enough the rear of the case is mate from soft steel. I’m quite a fan of this, since aluminium is not a good material to put screws through and it’s also easier to fit the rear I/O shield due to the stiffer material.
None of this makes the case special per se. After all, there are many aluminium cases like this around. What makes this case special is when you open it up. The first thing you notice is that there’s plenty of open space inside the case, which makes it very easy to fit all the components inside it.