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Fitting a PSU takes a little bit more work, as this has to be fitted up and over two supports. However, if you’re using a very big PSU the left support bar can be removed to aid the installation. There’s plenty of space inside the case and this makes it a good solution for fitting a watercooling kit. Indeed, Gigabyte now makes watercooling kits itself.
On the bottom left hand side corner in the back of the case are two rubberised hose pass-through holes that should fit most watercooling kits. Of course Gigabyte is promoting its own 3D Galaxy products as the ideal solution to be used with the 3D Aurora.
As I mentioned earlier the front of the case is lit up by blue LEDs, but Gigabyte has one again taken things one step further. A small removable plastic panel is fitted to the bottom of the front of the case and the one that comes pre-fitted actually projects the 3D Aurora logo onto your desk or your floor. If this is not to your taste however, then you can download a free application from Gigabyte’s website that enables you to make your own designs. Print them out on a laser printer and use with the blank cover that’s supplied and you can project your own designs.
On the right hand side of the front of the case is a lock that prevents access to the front drives as well as a single FireWire port, two USB 2.0 ports and a headphone and microphone socket. This is also where the power and hard drive activity LEDs have been hidden away. The bottom of the case has four fold-out feet which adds extra stability to the case.
Kudos also has to be given to Gigabyte for providing two SATA power splitters as well as a couple of stick-on cable tidies in addition to the normal bits and pieces you get. Overall I have to say that Gigabyte has managed to impress me greatly with its first attempt at a case. The Gigabyte will be available towards the end of the month and will retail for a reasonable £85.00.
I have yet to find the perfect case, but for me, the 3D Aurora is pretty close. If you need a case with plenty of space and good cooling you won’t go far wrong with the 3D Aurora.