Summary: Having already reviewed Gigabyte's Triton 180 chassis, I find the 3D Aurora quite a nice chassis. It looks great and feels very solid. Constructed from brushed aluminum, you can be sure of the build quality to be very good. Gigabyte has designed this chassis with enthusaists in mind. Mind you, they've released a newer version ... The 3D Aurora 570. So I imagine enthusiasts might go for that version instead. For the rest of us ...
Excerpt: The beige box; you had one, I had one, just about everyone and their mother had one. It wasn't that long ago either, that we all had our generic cases on display for no one to notice. Of course, this was back in the day when megahertz ruled, megabytes were plentiful, and a 56K modem was a bragging right. Fast forward a bit, and now we're running on high speed connections, Gigahertz is the word, and Gigabytes don't really seem that big.
Summary: The Aurora design is incredible, from its front bezel, to its nickel coated rear panel. The Aurora maintains an elegant and clean look throughout its chassis and front panel, but it surely couldn't be called plain. The lighting on the Aurora really gives it a unique look. The projected 3D Aurora logo is a very unique feature, as well as being able to change it out with the design of your choice. Gigabyte sought to make a tool-free case, and they achieved it.
Pros: Solid construction, Light weight body, Beautiful design and lighting, Tool-less of drives and add-on cards., Dual 120mm exhaust fans, Security locks on front and door panels, Watercooling ready
Cons: DFI NF4 board can't use onboard sound with both exhaust fans installed
Conclusion: So how well did the Gigabyte 3D Aurora perform in today's testing? First and foremost I would like to say that it's so refreshing to see a chassis at this price-point with so many features, reasonably good looks and cooling performance to boot. The Gigabyte 3D Aurora isn't the newest kid on the block, but it's quite nice to take a step back and cast an eye over an older case.
Pros: + Lightweight, + Well constructed, + Plenty of storage capacity, + Price
Conclusion: Based on our impressions of the 3D Aurora, we could be forgiven for thinking that Gigabyte is an old hand in the casing market. The truth is the 3D Aurora is an extremely polished product. From the detailed, illustrated manual to the excellent build quality that distinguishes it from the cheaper knockoffs, this casing is well poised to compete with the big players.
Summary: Gigabyte kennen we natuurlijk allemaal van hun moederborden en grafische kaarten, maar daar stopt Gigabyte niet. Ze maken sinds een aantal jaren ook behuizingen. Van te Geel kreeg ik de kans om de Gigabyte 3D Aurora te reviewen. De Aurora ontving ik stevig in een grote doos waarop de specificaties van de behuizing en wat mooie close-up shots van de detailafwerking van de behuizing staan.
Summary: Gigabytes inntreden på kabinettmarkedet er en solid inntreden. Det er så vi har problemer med å tro Gigabyte med at dette virkelig er deres første kabinett. Kabinettet har en overveldende kvalitetsfølelse. Det er både lett og passe stivt på en gang. Frontdøren er noe av det som vil være mest brukt i det daglige. Derfor er det ekstra positivt at nettopp døren fremstår som så solid. De medfølgende viftene er særdeles stillegående.