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?
Building With The VS-9
The AeroCool VS-9 includes a simple instruction sheet, screw pack with standoffs and (unnecessary) insulator washers, a PC speaker, four drive/fan adapters, and a 5.25” to 3.5” external bay adapter plate.
Because the four drive adapters are identical to the one AeroCool installs across the VS-9's face, users can add up to five 3.5” drives, or four 3.5” drives and an intake fan, or three 3.5” drives and two intake fans. Users who want extra drive cooling can even install 120 mm fans under their hard drives.
We had no problem getting all of our large hardware to fit within the VS-9, and the case can even hold super-long graphics cards that extend through the drive cage. Unfortunately, we did have a few problems installing the drives, since one of the clips fell apart several times before we got it lined up and locked down. We also had so much trouble getting the clips to work with the 3.5” drive adapter that we gave up and used screws, only to strip the holes while using very little turning force.
The finished system looks great, even without the lighted fans that AeroCool's competitors use. In fact, using a non-lighted fan gave AeroCool a good reason to focus on performance by putting the single fan behind the CPU cooler.
- 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?