This chassis hits all of the check boxes when it comes to features and layout. There are plenty of options for hard drives, and with three 2.5" trays to populate, it is easy to keep it down to two HDDs so that you can remove the lower cage. The number of tie points for wiring is impressive, the holes are all in the right locations, and with 25mm of space, and we hid quite a bit behind the motherboard tray. All of our components went in without issue, and this build seemed to go smoothly, even with all the additional fan and LED installation.
The design is something that is not normal to the chassis market, and we feel that whether you pick black or white with black trim, the Aurora is a chassis that is designed to impress aesthetically. The fact that the side panels are glass just takes its looks up a few more notches, and we like that the right side panel is painted black to hide what is behind it. The SSD Chroma is cool for a few minutes playing around with it, but after you figure out which color you would like to use, it gets little use.
There were some downsides to this design, though. First of all, we tested thermals with just one fan in the back and let's just say we were unimpressed. While it was near silent at 26db of noise coming out the back of the chassis, things were a bit warm inside at this time. Adding in near $80 in fans rectified the airflow or lack thereof, but we get why BitFenix did this. They assume that you will be filling this chassis with your bits of kit, and with the ability to house a pair of 280mm radiators, it is likely that you will already have fans picked out to go there.
The only other thing that seemed a bit off was the level of tint applied in the left glass panel. While we like the dark and mysterious look of the Aurora, we feel that many users would love to have a better view of their hardware inside. Outside of these two personal issues with the Aurora, we found it to be a fine specimen in mid-tower design and feel that it will be loved and purchased by many.
For those who like to maximize their options, yet get things like an E-ATX motherboard and a bunch of water cooling inside of a chassis, this sleek and stylish chassis is worthy of your attention. Not many mid-towers come this feature rich, and of those that may come close, none of them look like this. We have seen cases with glass side panels, some we broke, some showed too much, and some are a pain to install, but not with the Aurora. Considering we get the Chroma additional goodies to play with along with everything else we covered that the Aurora mid-tower chassis from BitFenix has to offer, at just $99.99 as long as the MSRP rings true, we can find no real reason to try and dissuade you from making this purchase. You get your money's worth in this design; it can last for years with many builds in it, it will grow with your needs, and all that time delivering an attractive case.
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)
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||97%|
|Bundle and Packaging||97%|
|Value for Money||98%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||96%|
The Bottom Line: A sleek and sexy mid-tower chassis with all the bells and whistles! The BitFenix Aurora brings forth an open interior with plenty of options, and the addition of glass side panels gives this product an elegance not found in most cases. At this price, we feel it should sell very well.
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