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Aerocool Shows Completely Open-Air PC Case

By , Andrea Ferrario, Tom's Hardware Italy - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 36 comments

All open for maximum air flow.

Aerocool displayed a few new case products on the Computex floor, all of which share a common aggressive design and the color scheme of red and black.

A full tower model called the Strike X ST Pro has four 5.25" bays and can accommodate up to 10 hard drives. A special feature of this case allows for two power supplies, one at the top and one at the bottom of the case. The middle tower model, Strike X GT, is a simplified version of the Strike X ST Pro.

The real eye-catcher is the Strike-X Air, which is a full open-air case that still has panels for USB 3.0 and 2.0 (two for each type) and audio jacks on the front. Drive bays are stacked to the left in the frame.

Aerocool hasn't finalized pricing yet, but we're led to believe that the Strike-X Air will be a rather premium product for the overclocking hardcore.

These will start hitting stores around September/October.

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    sigma3d , June 1, 2011 6:35 PM
    ugly...
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    elcentral , June 1, 2011 6:43 PM
    10 of 10 for me damn its gorgeous i culd realy c my self sitting next to this one.
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    verbalizer , June 1, 2011 6:44 PM
    not for me thanks..
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    HansVonOhain , June 1, 2011 6:47 PM
    The cases look like knock off of HAF series...
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    James296 , June 1, 2011 6:49 PM
    ooh I like those tower cases but that Striker-X air is fugly & looks to be a dust magnet
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    scook9 , June 1, 2011 7:03 PM
    Antec Skeleton knockoff??
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    Anonymous , June 1, 2011 7:07 PM
    This will make a superb build bench for sure, cant wait for it!
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    clonazepam , June 1, 2011 7:10 PM
    By design, cases need to be cheaply manufactured. Having said that, these cases that try to look sci-fi, end up looking like 80s-90s b-movie sci-fi props. no thanks. take some design ideas from the auto industry and you'll have a much nicer looking product.
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    ubercake , June 1, 2011 7:11 PM
    Interesting red interior on the towers.

    The Strike-X Air looks really practical for swapping parts in and out easily.
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    Compulsive1 , June 1, 2011 7:25 PM
    I always got better cooling when the air was tunneled by larger case fans onto the CPU. With the case's sides removed my CPU temperature was normally a few degrees higher. I don't see the point of this open case design.
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    Khimera2000 , June 1, 2011 7:25 PM
    clonazepamBy design, cases need to be cheaply manufactured. Having said that, these cases that try to look sci-fi, end up looking like 80s-90s b-movie sci-fi props. no thanks. take some design ideas from the auto industry and you'll have a much nicer looking product.


    that or the prodictions of the 80s where true @.@ people in the future will have no sense of asthetics :D 
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    verbalizer , June 1, 2011 7:28 PM
    I still rather have this:
    Antec Skeleton ATX Open Air Gamer Case
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0300159

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    Anonymous , June 1, 2011 7:56 PM
    Perhaps I am just old fashioned. The way I understand a computer case seems to be radically defied by what cases like this one represents. Air flow and pressure is one aspect that is generally ignored here, the article suggests that it being open increases air flow, but I see the opposite happening in this situation. But next to that, there is a complete disregard for the safety of the hardware itself. it makes you wonder why they bother with a case at all.

    If the case being open doesn't matter, you may as well just set the motherboard upon a piece of wood. There is a reason why grounding a pc case is important and why computers in an acrylic or sitting with plastic standoffs have a higher rate of failure.
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    thebigt42 , June 1, 2011 8:06 PM
    Id rather screw my Mobo and stuff to a piece of plywood and mount it to the wall!
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    geminireaper , June 1, 2011 8:23 PM
    sdf4t5645645Perhaps I am just old fashioned. The way I understand a computer case seems to be radically defied by what cases like this one represents. Air flow and pressure is one aspect that is generally ignored here, the article suggests that it being open increases air flow, but I see the opposite happening in this situation. But next to that, there is a complete disregard for the safety of the hardware itself. it makes you wonder why they bother with a case at all.If the case being open doesn't matter, you may as well just set the motherboard upon a piece of wood. There is a reason why grounding a pc case is important and why computers in an acrylic or sitting with plastic standoffs have a higher rate of failure.


    Not always true. Also its not complete plastic. I have the Antec Skeleton. Works great. Running nice and cool and have been running it for about a year and a half and going strong.
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    qhoa1385 , June 1, 2011 10:20 PM
    heh looks like the Striker X is either a love it or hate it
    But I'd definitely prefer that over Antec Skeleton, it just looks awesome!

    Do I like it? Hell yes
    would I use it? nah
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    verbalizer , June 1, 2011 10:41 PM
    http://www.amazon.com/MYOPENPC-Transparent-Acrylic-Reversible-motherboards/dp/tech-data/B0042ROYWC
    cheaper options for us 'lesser' folks..

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    koga73 , June 1, 2011 11:15 PM
    The first one IS ugly... I would never want my computer to look like that. They need to simplify the design of the front. And the first two pictures dont show the most important part of this design, the side door. Is the side door a giant vent?
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    christop , June 2, 2011 12:54 AM
    Nice dust magnet!!!
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    iam2thecrowe , June 2, 2011 2:39 AM
    why dont they just put that big ass fan on the side panel of a case? that would make for some good silent air flow.
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