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BitFenix Aegis Micro-ATX Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 29, 2015 2:20 am
TweakTown Rating: 72%Manufacturer: BitFenix

Inside the Aegis

 

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Removing the panels, we can now see inside of the chassis. The paperwork was found outside of the internal packaging, but we do see the hardware box in the lower HDD cage at the bottom of the chase. We also see that the wiring has been tied up as not to cause any damage to the window.

 

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There are no optical bays in this design, instead they chose this layout. At the top there is a cage for a pair of 2.5" drives, and below it hangs a cage for a pair of 3.5" drives. The bonus here is that the HDD cage is also removable, and honestly needs to be, but more on that later.

 

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As you can see there are no fans in the front of the Aegis as shipped, but there is ample room for adding them. We also see that the bottom of the chassis offers another HDD rack to take the total to four bays. This is also the floor fan location, but the HDD cage is screwed into place, and cannot be used if you want a fan there.

 

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The motherboard tray is sent with standoffs placed for Micro-ATX motherboard and offers a decent sized access hole. There are also five wire management holes, all of which have grommets, but the wire tie points are limited to only eight with this design.

 

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The rear of the chassis is where you will find the only fan, this 120mm 3-pin powered one. We can also see that the expansion slots are the removable style, and each uses a thumbscrew to secure the cover or a card into place.

 

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The Aegis also offers a Metal PSU cover. In order to get a PSU in place, the HDD cage has to come out, and if you planned to use this cage, it really makes things tight for modular connections and wire routing in general.

 

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Behind the motherboard tray, we have little room to the majority of the right side, and the left is only slightly deeper. We do see the optional 2.5" drive locations though, one to the left where the wiring dives back into the chassis, and the other is next to where the PSU installs.

 

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The front bezel comes right off the chassis and is only clipped in, but be mindful of the wiring for the TFT screen as it is attached. This makes it much easier to install fans in the front of the Aegis, and we also get the same dust filter we found under the chassis for this location as well, and it is also magnetic.

 

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If you plan for fans in the top of the chassis, we suggest you do that first, as all of the I/O wiring is attached to this panel. We can also see that the fan bracket is already mounted, but it can be slid forwards or backwards to allow for an optimum position to the cooling.

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