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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

Case Build & Finished Product

 

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Without the need for an optical device, and no plans to need a bay reservoir or card reader, the front of the Ostrog ADV looks just like when we opened it. It is simple, clean, and once we power it up, about to be bright and fancy.

 

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With the top being raised, and the lowered motherboard positioning, fans, and a thin radiator are of no concern at the top. The back of the chassis has the fan too close to the side panel to be of much use for water cooling, and we opted to match the red theme with one of our air coolers on the CPU. We did need to remove the HDD cage to fit this Zotac 970, and our PSU choice left the optional fan location unusable.

 

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At the back of the Ostrog ADV, during the build, we found nothing needing to be addressed. The I/O shield fit well, the card aligns as it should, and nothing funky happened when we installed the PSU.

 

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It takes a lot of work to get the wiring this clean, and if you plan to remove the HDD cage, there will be nothing blocking the rat's nest they shipped us. We did manage to get everything routed, and flat against the tray, the front I/O wiring was long enough, but we did end up stuffing some of the wiring into the lower HDD cage to keep it tidy.

 

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The view through the clear side window is terrific. All of your hardware is on full display, and while we can see a bit of the bays near the front, we didn't mind it all that much. Now all that we have left to do is to power it up and see what happens.

 

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Once powered, the front of the chassis is all a glow. The bright red ring around the outside edge is solid in its light delivery, with no indication of individual LEDs lighting that strip. The Vegas fans also come to life in the front, with their curved LED lighting passing through the mesh.

 

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At this time, the top of the chassis is also glowing to match what we saw in the front. At this point, you can dim the light to about half, as well as a few other cool lighting tricks that the Ostrog ADV delivers, which do not address well with images, but Enermax has a video on their site to show them off.

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