Case Build & Finished Product
With the deletion of optical bays in the P7-C1 Pro, the front of the case looks no different than it did originally, and the only thing that could change at this point is the view of fans if for some reason you wanted to remove the reason this case was made.
Inside, we found plenty of room to get the motherboard installed, wires are hidden, and the GPU is nearly level. By using this AIO, you can see how fat of a radiator can fit even with cards longer than Founder Editions. No complaints to be had here.
The back of the case filled out as we cover the rear I/O hole, and the shield snapped right in. We had no issues mounting the video card, and once the cover is closed, there some additional ventilation. To get the PSU mounted, we dug into the sorter and pulled out some thumb screws.
While it is possible to get the wires managed and under control, there are many wires to have to contend with. We spent nearly an hour routing, tying them to the motherboard tray, and grouping things so we could get the panel back on, and not have a rat's nest of wires hanging everywhere. The bonus is that there is enough room to mount the hub anywhere, and none of the wires impeded putting the panel back on.
Using Velcro to mount the hub, we do find it to be a bit loose for our liking; we would prefer foam tape to lock the hub to the motherboard tray. We used four of the five fan ports to power the stock fans, and for our needs, to connect the RGB LEDs on the fans, we daisy-chained them together from one of the two LED output ports, leaving another for LED strips or more fans.
While the aesthetics of the P7-C1 Pro are slightly aggressive, we like the look and appeal it brings. What we love about the P7-C1 Pro is that Aerocool was not heavy handed with the tint of the tempered glass side panel. It means that we can see all of the components, and any additional lighting is plainly visible as well and will flood the room with light through it.
Adding power to the P7-C1 Pro, without the software, the RGB LED lighting is set to solid green as seen by the bunches of tiny LEDs behind the white strip on the bezel. The white bar in from of the power button glows blue signifying the PC is powered and running, while the bar in front of the reset button flickers red, as the storage drive is accessed.
We did mention software, and what you see here is HUB 1 controls in Aerocool's P7-S1 software suite. The mode can be changed from always on, to breathing or pulsating, and in some of the modes, the LED speed can be adjusted, but in all modes, the brightness can be addressed. There is an indication of the number of fans connected to it and a readout of the first fans RPMs.
To the right is the multiple ways of addressing solid color choices. You can take a spin on the wheel and look for options that way; you could use RGB codes, HTML codes, or pick from the presets. The last option is to enable or disable the loop RGB mode option.
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