Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
As long as we have known BitFenix, and this goes all the way back to their inception, one thing is for sure; they love to try new and stylish ideas when it comes to their cases. Just as an example, they started with the Colossus, which was a head-turner, but then things got rolling, and they offered up the Prodigy, which was a market killer for any other company trying to sell Mini-ITX cases. Of course, there have been another eighteen cases that have been sent over the years, and while many carry on a legacy from some of their original ideas, whether a success, or whether we did not care for certain ones, BitFenix strides forward. It seems their pursuit to take on every segment of the chassis market with a stylish and innovative design is endless.
The chassis we are about to get friendly with here over the next few pages does not carry a torch from previous designs. In this instance, it is an entirely new design that has taken a lot of comments from the masses of users, and BitFenix has tried to implement all the good ideas along with a few most users likely never thought about. While chassis lighting is nothing new, keep your eyes peeled for an idea that we have seen in no other design to date, which addresses LED lighting in a special way. With a select few companies offering tempered glass side panels for their cases, BitFenix has taken this idea and used it to their benefit but have done so in a way in which the final presentation is sleek and clean, and does not show wiring like INWIN cases have in the past.
The BitFenix Aurora mid-tower chassis is a blend of elegance, sleek yet stylized aesthetics, and an interior that is laid out well for beginning users, or even those with advanced skill and desires as to what can be housed inside. A lot is going on in this mid-tower chassis, and if you pay attention along the way, it is easy to notice some of the spectacular features that this chassis brings forth, especially considering this is just a mid-tower chassis. While no chassis will have quite the success the Prodigy has had on the PC market, this Aurora chassis from BitFenix may just be the second best chassis we have ever seen from them.
The Aurora is available in midnight black with just an exposed metal logo to break up the coloration, or there is also an arctic white variant, but the mesh and case badge are black in this version. Both options are made mostly of steel and use ABS plastic for the front bezel and top cover. Inside of this chassis, you could house a Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, or even an Extended-ATX motherboard, which is asking a lot for most mid-tower cases. The CPU air cooler can be 160mm tall, and there is 400mm of room for video cards if you do not use the front of the chassis for liquid cooling. There are seven expansion slots in the back, four bays in total for 3.5" drives, and up to three locations for 2.5" drives. As for the I/O panel on the front, it offers USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, HD Audio jacks, but also sports a reset, power, and even a LED lighting button.
As the Aurora is shipped from BitFenix, there is only one fan in the chassis, and that is a 120mm fan at the back of the case. However, the front of the chassis has options for a pair of 120mm or 140mm fans, and can be used for water cooling as well, but it will lessen the space for the GPUs. The top of the chassis offers the same setup as the front does, and again can be used for water cooling, and this section is raised to move it away from the motherboard for thicker components. The rear of the chassis can also be used for water cooling, but will only house a single 120mm radiator. The last bits we should cover about this chassis are found near the bottom of the list. It is there that we see a 220mm PSU limitation, the 10.58kg weight, as well as the 215mm width, 490mm depth, and the 520mm height.
The last section covers highlights of the chassis, and this is where we get the first mention of the BitFenix LED Lighting Controller and the SSD lighting bracket. The controller is used to supply the call for certain LED colors via the switch on the chassis, and this lighting choice is shown on the front of the SSD bracket. There is a maximum of 25mm for cable management, this is where they mention the dual 280mm radiator support, and also make mention of the removable lower HDD cage, as well as the removable dust filter found under the PSU.
Going from the date we had been provided from BitFenix, we would have assumed to see stock on shelves with an early August public release of this chassis. However, when looking to Google to sort out where we might find it, or venturing directly to Amazon and Newegg, we came up empty for a listing every time. What we do know, is that with the press release, BitFenix did make mention of a $99.99 MSRP for this chassis. This is what we like to think is the top of the mark for pricing on well-equipped mid-tower cases, and with the angle that BitFenix took in designing this chassis, you certainly do get quite a bit of chassis for the investment.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH
- Video Card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB SSD
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
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