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Auriga VF-2001GH ATX Case Review - Internal Analysis

Aluminium chassis, side windows, cold cahode lighting and blowholes all provide ultimate cooling and looks. All of this comes at a cost though, with quality Lian Li or Coolermaster casings easily pushing the A$500 mark with power supply. Many of us don't have the cash to afford such extravagancies, and are looking for a sturdy case with plenty of room and maybe a few cooling options. Enter the Auriga VF-2001GH. It retails at around A$100, and has a few interesting features, but can it satisfy the moderate tweaker's needs? Aaron "FragMan" Clegg gives us an answer!

By: | Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 23, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Auriga

Internal Analysis


Things get a little bit different inside this chassis. One of the first things I noticed was the green tabs on the drive bays. They provide a screwless locking mechanism for the 5.25" bays and one of the 3.5" bays. Once you have a drive in place, it is just a matter of pushing the tab forward and locking it. The drive gets fairly firmly locked in place, with the slightest of play with some drives on the opposite side.



On the opposite side we see the other half of the screwless mount. The tab sits in the screw hole, and does a reasonable job of keeping the drive in place.



The other interesting thing is the bar that runs from top to bottom. It provides a card retention method via little green adjustable thingies (hey I couldn't think of a better description:)), something I have seen previously in Skyhawk cases. Placing one above a card and extending it out will lock it firmly in place. This is a good feature if your rig gets moved around a lot, as video cards are often dislodged by movement. However people like me will get frustrated with the whole thing getting in the way when removing components, but thankfully the bar is completely removable via screws in the side and bottom.


There are plenty of motherboard mounts to suit most motherboards. Boards are mounted via fitting metal lugs to the motherboard itself, and then sliding it in. It is then held in place with only two screws.


There are a pair of 80mm case fan mounts. One is located on the rear panel and is fitted with a decent ball bearing 80mm fan for exhaust.



The other location is at the bottom front underneath the drive bays. There is no plastic mount, but screws are provided to fix it to the chassis.



The included 300W power supply is fitted with ample connectors, including the ATX12V 4-pin for P4 and also the 1/2 AT style AUX connector for those with boards that require it.


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