Page 1:When A $50 Chassis…Isn’t
Page 2:AeroCool VS-9
Page 3:Inside The VS-9
Page 4:Building With The VS-9
Page 5:Antec Three Hundred
Page 6:Inside The Three Hundred
Page 7:Building With The Three Hundred
Page 8:Cooler Master Elite 430
Page 9:Inside The Elite 430
Page 10:Building With The Elite 430
Page 11:Enermax Staray ECA3171 / ECA3170
Page 12:Inside The ECA3171-BR-AP
Page 13:Building With The ECA3171-BR-AP
Page 14:Test Settings
Page 15:Test Results
Page 16:Antec Wins?
AeroCool follows the philosophy that “less is more” in its VS-9, using less metal to provide more ventilation. Most of the top and base are open to airflow, along with 1/3 of the left side panel and all nine 5.25” bay covers.
Though the VS-9 could support up to eight fans, the rear panel holds its only included fan. Rubber grommets under it protect the hoses of external water cooling systems, while folding side panel handles found even farther down can be left unfolded to ease access to rear-panel ports.
The VS-9 top panel can hold fans of multiple sizes, thanks to its continuous series of holes. The upper limit is two 140 mm fans, though the heat pipes and DIMM latch locations of some motherboards will prevent such large coolers from fitting.
The “front panel” port section is located along the VS-9’s left-side edge, and its ports are oriented for the top of a USB flash drive to face right.
Open-cell foam behind the drive bay covers prevents a see-through effect, while still allowing good system ventilation.
- When A $50 Chassis…Isn’t
- AeroCool VS-9
- Inside The VS-9
- Building With The VS-9
- Antec Three Hundred
- Inside The Three Hundred
- Building With The Three Hundred
- Cooler Master Elite 430
- Inside The Elite 430
- Building With The Elite 430
- Enermax Staray ECA3171 / ECA3170
- Inside The ECA3171-BR-AP
- Building With The ECA3171-BR-AP
- Test Settings
- Test Results
- Antec Wins?