Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Aercool has come a long way over the years, and nowhere is it more apparent to us then when we get hands-on with one of their new cases. Aerocool harkens back to the days when cable management was still a few and far between inclusions. Our last Aerocool analysis was a bit more on the higher spectrum with the Aerocool Project 7, which was quite well received at the $105 price point.
Today however we are looking at something much different with the new Aerocool Cylon.
The Cylon is at its core, a very value-oriented option while trying to address some of the features many gamers look for.
The Aerocool Cylon while being a very budget oriented chassis it still has some of the features many are looking for. The inclusion of a PSU cover, Addressable RGB on the front panel and a see-through side panel to name a few.
The chassis as you see from the specs list we 'borrowed' from Aerocools website shows the Cylon comes in as a reported mid-tower. Measuring in at 198mm Wide by 459mm height and 413mm deep. The 459mm height puts us just above what has traditionally accepted a mid-tower sizing for height.
Also listed, is the motherboard support which is mITX, mATX and up to full ATX. Drive fitments are reported as five total with three 2.5" dedicated mounts and two 3.5" trays which can also mount 2.5" drives as well. The power supply is full ATX models fitting up to 180mm as listed, which means our standard 160mm unit should fit without issues.
The cooling fitment is the first part where I got a bit worried as most budget cases typically do not have a ton of radiator fitment capabilities, and the Cylon does not break that mold. Listed radiator fitment is only a single 120mm in the front panel of the chassis which means we will likely be moving to our air cooled case tests system instead of our standard Z390 test setup we traditionally use with the H100i.
Fan fitment is listed as triple 120mm fans in the front or dual 140s should you so choose. However, it is worth noting that we could NOT find any 140mm mounting in the Cylon, so I must assume this was an error on AeroCool's part. While the top can fit a single 120 and the rear a single 120mm as well, there is also a listed dual 120mm fan for what is listed as VGA fans which are Aerocools way of saying, you can mount fans to the PSU shroud. CPU cooler height is limited to 155mm, which means you can fit many of the higher-end air coolers on the market in the Cylon. The Cylon comes out of the box with a single 120mm fan preinstalled in the rear exhaust position.
The Cylon is available from Amazon at $46.99 at the time of writing. The sub 50 dollar price point is usually a quite interesting place to look at cases. We see many cases with the same design which denotes a situation where companies rebrand an OEM chassis generally from China and add a logo or sometimes pay to have a unique external piece such as front panel to help make it unique from the others offering the same model. The Cylon is similar as I know I have come across a similar layout chassis with a similar front I/O layout in the previous few years.
To be fair to the Cylon, and other cases at this price point. There's not much you can do at this price point to buck the tradition as tooling itself to create an entirely new chassis at this price point can be counter-intuitive. The chance of making back your R&D and tooling cost would be hard at such a low price point. This is something we have to consider when we analyze a chassis such as the Cylon.
Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS STRIX Z370-G Gaming (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Skythe Fuma Rev. B (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: GeIL Super Luce RGB GLS416GB3600C16ADC
- Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Z (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SanDisk M.2 256GB
- Power Supply: Enermax Platimax DF 1050W (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Aerocool Cylon Mid-Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the Aerocool Cylon Mid-Tower Chassis]
- Page 5 [Inside the Aerocool Cylon Mid-Tower Chassis Continued]
- Page 6 [Hardware & Documentation]
- Page 7 [Case Build & Finished Product]
- Page 8 [Final Thoughts]