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Enermax Ostrog ADV LED Gaming Fortress Chassis Review

Enermax Ostrog ADV LED Gaming Fortress Chassis Review
Enermax's Ostrog ADV LED Gaming Fortress mid-tower case goes under the chopping block as we work out if you should buy it or not.
By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 12, 2016 5:40 pm
TweakTown Rating: 79%Manufacturer: Enermax

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing

 

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In our time reviewing, there have not been that many submissions from Enermax when it comes to cases. Out of the sixteen cases they are offering currently, and of the sixteen cases that have been entered into the legacy category, it is in the latter section that our previous four submissions lie now. Of the designs we did see, we started off with the very basic designs like the Staray, with its exposed metal innards, and cubic external aesthetic. After that, we saw a trio of cases relatively at the same time, and we saw an evolution in their design where it appeared they were stepping up their game when it came to cases. Since it seems like forever since we have seen a chassis from them, hopefully, we see a similar jump in their designs allowing Enermax to gain better traction in this massive market.

 

 

The Internal layout is one of the top two things that sell cases. There needs to be room for all of your gear, modularity is a big player in chassis design, and there needs to be good wire management for that professional finished look we are all after. Of course, aesthetics plays into the decision when buying cases as well, and is one area that Enermax is not shy to try out new things with. This leads us to the main feature of the chassis we are about to discuss, as Enermax paid a lot of attention to lighting and color matching of the interior to attempt to sway your hard earned dollars.

 

The Enermax Ostrog ADV mid-tower chassis we bring you today is one of three versions offered. In these designs, Enermax offers a huge mesh panel in the front, rounded corners, easy access removable panels, and a lighting scheme that we have not seen before. As to the choices of colors, you can select a blue version, a green version, or the red variant we are about to show you. Along with painting the motherboard tray to match the chassis LED rings on the top and the front of the case, Enermax also incorporates a pair of Vegas LED fans which will play along with the case lighting in one of six modes. If lighting and internal coloration of the chassis is a huge selling point to you, the Enermax Ostrog ADV LED Gaming Fortress mid-tower may very well be the chassis for you.

 

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At the top of the chart, we are shown the trio of options with the model numbers posted across the chart. It is a pretty easy system to follow, where the ECA3380AS-BL is the blue one, R is for red, and the GN is the green version. All of them are 493mm deep, they are 215mm in width, and all of them stand 516mm tall, weighing in at 7.2 kilograms. They are capable of housing ATX, Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX motherboards, and the front I/O panel offers a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a pair for USB 2.0 as well, HD Audio jacks, a fan controller, and a button to change the LED modes. As for these modes, both the fans and the chassis lighting works in sync to provide the options for all on, dimmed, a flash mode, a sparkle mode, Vegas mode, and you can also turn them off. As we mentioned earlier, depending on the color of the chassis option, both the fans and the chassis LEDs will match the motherboard tray paint color.

 

As for drive bays, we are offered three 5.25" bays, and what they refer to hidden bays means that they are internal bays, not hidden. There we find a rack comprised of two cages, each cage containing three drive trays. In these trays, you can fit them with either a 3.5" drive or a 2.5" drive for storage concerns. In the back of the chassis there are seven expansion slots, and in the front is where you will locate the pair of pre-installed Vegas LED 120mm fans. The rear of the chassis also sports a 120mm fan, but it is an Enerflo model without LEDs.

 

For expandability to the factory cooling options, the top of the chassis offers a raised support allowing a pair of 140mm fans or 120mm fans to be installed there, leaving one spot in the bottom of the chassis for the last possible fan to be placed inside. There is also a section on liquid cooling, where we see room for a 240mm or 280mm radiator at the top, and room for a single 120mm in the back. At the bottom of the chart, we see that there are some limitations, where the video cards can be no longer than 414m in length, and the CPU cooler is limited to 174mm in height.

 

Since this Ostrog ADV chassis was released at CES this past winter, we would have assumed that it would be more readily available on this side of the pond, but in all, we found only three locations carrying this chassis. Fry's seems to be the place to go if you want to choose from all three designs, and they are the only location that currently offers all three versions. No matter the color choice, you will find the Ostrog ADV cases listed at $119.99. Newegg does offer the blue and the green versions, but for some reason does not show a listing for the red one. In our time looking for this chassis there, we saw that the pricing is set at $114.99, said to be in stock now, but have no image available to go with the ad, so you must look at the model numbers closely to be certain you are grabbing the version you want. We still feel that $100 is the sweet spot for a fully loaded mid-tower chassis, and Enermax is just above that mark. Let's get down to business, and see just what the Ostrog ADV mid-tower has to offer, and see if the pricing is indeed justified.

 

 

Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications

 

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