Inside the Aerocool Cylon Mid-Tower Chassis Continued
The Cylon comes out of the box with a single 120mm fan which we see installed in the rear as an exhaust. This is quite standard for this price range, and additional fans will make for a better experience. The included fan is a three pin style fan which also has a 4-pin PATA/MOLEX connection, which I do wish was a separate adapter they could include as it will make managing the cables more difficult. We also see here the breakaway slot covers and the hold-down bracket used for installed slotted add-in cards.
The Cylon offers reasonable cable management tie down and space for the price point. In my opinion, the most significant trouble you will have building, in this case, will likely be the horizontal oval cutouts which are where you will have to run your cables when using a full sized motherboard. There are two different SSD mounting locations directly onto the metal plate, one being to the left-hand vertical panel near the front panel, while the other has tabs sticking out from the rear of the motherboard tray to mount.
The HDD cage for the Cylon can hold two full 3.5" HDD or 2.5" drives via screws depending on the need. The trays are a plastic toolless variety which holds the drive reasonably well. The drive cage is fixed and is not removable or adjustable, so plan on that being there whether you use it or not.
The PSU area is simply an opening where you can mount the PSU. The internal mounting areas floor does have a pair of humps that the PSU can rest on so that all of the weight of the PSU is not hanging off of the rear mounting point. The 180mm PSU limit is a hard limit as the drive cage adjacent to it is not removable, at least without drilling some rivets.
The front panel connection of the Cylon looks quite vast for a chassis in this price point. From left to right we have; SATA power connector for the ARGB front panel lighting, USB 2.0 header for the front panel card reader, Front panel power, reset switches and HDD and power LEDs, USB 3.2 gen 1 19 pin connector for the single front panel Type-C port which also has a USB 2.0 lead in case the installed board does not offer a 19 pin header. Another USB 2.0 connector for the dual Type-C ports in the I/O and lastly HD audio.
- 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]