This is my first time ever reviewing a chassis from Aerocool. If you count the review I did of the Rosewill Thor chassis, then technically I have seen one of their chassis designs previous to this. Since both the Thor and the Xpredator X1 used the same OEM to build their cases, aside from the left side panel on both cases, they were spot-on identical. The funny thing is, that when I reviewed that chassis, it was one of two cases that when powered, went up in a puff of magic smoke, you know that kind you can't get back in, and leaves things dysfunctional. Not that that has any bearing on what Aerocool produces; it is just what stood out to me when I reread that review to see what has changed.
Looking at what the Xpredator X1 offered, for that time, it was a good mix of a basic case design on the interior, and I would go as far as to say somewhat dated, even for that time. What sold me on the chassis design was the aesthetics that were very original then, as well as the louvered top. Some things I look back at now and dislike about that bay drive system that was so 2005, the rainbow of wires that are coming from the front I/O panel, and with what is offered now, there was little to no water cooling support. They covered things like wire management and space behind the motherboard tray, because I was nowhere near as good wiring cases then as I am today, and I don't recall any sort of panel fit issues.
The Xpredator X3 Devil Red Edition chassis we are looking at from Aerocool today is a take off on the original X1. While many things both internally, and externally have been changed, most of the aesthetics that sold buyers on the X1, will be very easy for those user to appreciate. Even for those who were completely unaware of Aerocool or their cases will have a hard time passing this chassis by when considering aesthetics and features.
In this review I plan to cover those factors, but I also will be looking for overall strength in the build, airflow, noise levels, and just how well the build comes together. If the Intro image of the Xpredator X3 has you intrigued, continue reading to see just how well this Devil Red Edition stacks up against other cases.
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