Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
In all the time we have been looking at cases and delivering a verdict, we find that before now, we have only seen one case thus far from Aerocool. That submission was back in 2013 when glitz and glamor were the trends of the day, and it seemed like the more aggressive the styling, the more successful the chassis was. While many still do select cases that are not the typical cubist designs, today the market has swung to wire management, RGB lighting or LED lighting in general, PSU shrouds, hidden drive bays, and tempered glass as key features which sell cases now.
With that in mind, we see that Aerocool has been busy, and is offering a new group of cases under the name Project 7. At this time, there are two cases in this series, one of which we are showing you know, and we also have the second in the series we will be hosting shortly after. These new cases are a departure from what we have seen in the past, and hit on all of the features listed above, as well as incorporating a couple more to try to gain an edge in a market, which is already full to the brim with choices.
Today we will be looking at the P7-C0 (Black Edition) Mid-Tower Chassis from Aerocool. The premise of this case is to deliver a chassis which offers a futuristic and modern design, brings forth LED lighting, has tempered glass panels, water cooling support, and on all basic levels can contend with many other cases. While some may say that this chassis is nothing surprising or trend-setting, we can say that Aerocool is on a whole new path of chassis design, and has stepped into the modern era. For those of you not looking to break the bank, but still admire what the latest trends in PC chassis development, we urge you to stick around and see what Aerocool is up to now.
In this chart, we see that the P7-C0 is a mid-tower chassis, which at this time comes in black as the only option. The chassis is made from 0.7mm sheets of steel, and various components are made of ABS plastic as well. Inside of the P7-C0, an ATX, Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX motherboard can be installed. The chassis is 214,4mm wide, it is 468mm tall, and it is 451mm deep. Aerocool also offers internal dimensions but also addresses important clearances. Lower on the chart, we can see that there is 389.7mm of room for a GPU, or 414.7mm of there is not a fan installed in the front of the case to restrict it. As for CPU coolers, there is room for 175mm of CPU air coolers, which covers most of the options available. There are no optical bays, but there is a removable cage which holds a pair of 3.5" drives, as well as a pair of trays behind the motherboard tray for 2.5" drives. At the back of the chassis, there are seven expansion slots, all with easy to remove and replaceable covers.
Cooling options are fairly decent for this chassis too. In the front of the P7-C0, there is room for a trio of 120mm fans or a pair of 140mm fans to start. The top of the case allows for a pair of 120mm fans or 140mm fans as well. The back of the chassis is limited to a single fan, but you can use a 120mm or 140mm fan there. As to water cooling support, there is room for a 360mm or 280mm radiator in the front, while at the top a 240mm or 280mm radiator can be installed as well. The back of the case is also water cooling friendly, and the beautiful thing is, if you use thin radiators, all locations can be populated simultaneously. The P7-C0 is shipped with a single fan pre-installed, which is a 120mm fan used to exhaust the chassis. The fan of choice is capable of 1200 RPM, 36.4 CFM, 1.32 mmH2O, and with a 20,000-hour lifespan, is rated to deliver 26.5 dBA of noise.
While these cases do exist on the Aerocool website, we also find listings in retail outlets ahead of the release we were asked to meet with this review. Aerocool had sent us some literature, where we were shown the MSRP of $104.99, which isn't all that bad of a price to ask. However, if you look at Amazon, we see that listing is priced at $109 at this time. Venturing over to Newegg, we found the best deal to be had at this time, where the P7-Co is listed for just $93 and is currently in stock to purchase. At $104.99 we could easily find worth in the Aerocool P7-C0, but the fact that it can be had under that magic $99 mark makes it all that much better. Stick it out with us; we do feel that many will appreciate what Aerocool is up to now and that the P7-Co is more than adequate to satisfy today's more discerning customers.
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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