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Enermax Ostrog ADV LED Gaming Fortress Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 12, 2016 5:40 pm
TweakTown Rating: 79%Manufacturer: Enermax

Inside the Ostrog ADV

 

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The front bezel does indeed come off of the chassis and fully exposes the Vegas LED fans sporting the Enerflo stickers on them. However, one must be very careful here, as the wiring to light the LED ring in the panel is hard wired, and does not offer a lot of slack.

 

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The inside of the chassis looks nice with the bright red motherboard tray, but the layout is a bit old-school. It is the tool-free ODD bays and the wall of HDD trays that gives it this feel, with not many upgrades to the expected standards of today.

 

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The 5.25" bays use twist lock mechanisms to secure devices on this side, yet requires screws on the other side. These locks are sufficient to hold things in place but help to deliver that older feel to the interior.

 

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This rack is where six storage drives can be placed. Each tray is held into place with tabs near the front and is made to hold a 3.5" drive by flexing the tray around it, or by using the holes in them to mount a 2.5" drive.

 

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If you remove the pair of thumbscrews along the top of the cages, as well as removing one from the motherboard tray, the top section of the HDD rack will come out. This allows for a bit more airflow from the top front fan and also adds room for longer video cards to inhabit.

 

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This is the reason that there is a removable mesh panel in the top of the Ostrog ADV; the wiring. This does expose the raised rails where the fans and water cooling can be placed, but with all that wiring, you will not want to take the chance of damaging them from the weight of the panel pulling on it.

 

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The motherboard tray is bright red, offers a decent sized access hole for back plates, delivers three holes for wiring, and nine tie points to help keep it managed. All of the brass standoffs are in place, but if you do need to move them for smaller motherboards, the tray is clearly marked as to which need to be used.

 

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The floor of the chassis is open in two sections, one with rubber pads around it to set the PSU on top of, and the one in front for an optional fan if the PSU is short enough to allow it. We also see another hole to send the PSU wires behind the tray and an additional tie point just to the right of it.

 

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The rear fan uses a black frame and translucent green blades, unlike the pair up front that are clear, nor does it offer LEDs when powered via the 3-pin connection. As for the expansion slot covers, rather than using thumbscrews like the cage up front does, Enermax opted for hex-head screws here.

 

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Behind the motherboard tray, there is nearly 15mm of space for wiring or whatever else you want to try to fit back here. Keep in mind, the bump in the door is an additional 5mm, so there is sufficient room to be had.

 

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The wiring is offered, some black, but mostly a rainbow assortment of wiring. Three fan leads come from the fan controller, and both the fan controller and the LED system use SATA power connections. The switch and LED wiring from the front I/O is colorful, while the USB 2.0, HD Audio, and native USB 3.0 connections are all provided black.

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