Overall the Ostrog Giant is a winner, especially after seeing the Fulmo GT that I almost failed for the fact that it was near impossible to get into. Versus the market, there are a few cases out now under $100 that are worthy of your attention if you are building on a budget, but they aren't as cool to look at as the front of this chassis is. I know aesthetics aren't everything, but most cases are subject to being skimmed over for look long before you look deeper to see if the specifications accommodate your parts. That being said, this chassis is a real looker, and it will be hard to pass up on. Once you consider that it offers things like a wireless front bezel, dust filters in the front and bottom and a removable HDD rack - it has everything you see in a $100 case; just Enermax has lowered the pricing bar a bit with this chassis.
I completely understand with the fully open front design that the Ostrog Giant was designed with air flow in mind. The thing is, they didn't just stop with plenty of locations for fans, and the easy access to air through the front of the case, and they put some fans in this chassis that will almost make your ears bleed when they are run with 12 volts powering them. As I powered up the system for the first time, I actually thought something was wrong, the fans were just screaming that loud. After letting my ears rest for a few minutes, I returned with my audio meter and found that this chassis was showing a reading of 65 dB. Considering the only thing that I can complain about is the noise levels, well that is pretty good, because there are a lot of users still out there that can't afford $30 a fan for ones that can deliver the amount of airflow that this chassis has to offer, just to be able to drop the acoustic level, and will use this chassis as it is shipped with no qualms about it.
What I think is the icing on the cake for the Ostrog Giant; it has to be the price. Like I said, this chassis offers all the same things you will find in $100 solutions, it is just that the box here isn't pretty, and the instructions aren't in Technicolor, so there is a lot of the cost saved right there. I can assure you that there wasn't any thin steel used, or a lack of needed parts to try to cut corners, you even get three fans where the original only came with one. With the simple fact that the Enermax Ostrog Giant being priced at $74.99 with shipping included on that deal, it makes the $50 solutions quiver once shipping gets included with those, and is a solid enough competitor to cases that run 25% higher than this does. If you like what you saw in this review, I strongly urge you to get over to Newegg and pick one up before anyone gets wind of this and raises the price.
I am kidding about anyone raising the price, but this chassis is worth more than the asking price in my opinion, and because of it I am fully behind this design for those building on a budget.
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