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Enermax Ostrog Advance ATX Mid-Tower Case Review

The Ostrog Advance (Ostrog ADV) offers traditional features with modern bling. Let's see how this mid-tower case performs.

Hardware Installation, Evaluation And Final Analysis

The Ostrog ADV includes four radiator screws, a PC speaker, and several cable ties in addition to the expected M3 and #6 case screws.

Separate SATA type power cables feed case lighting and the fan controller, and the controller features an extra output that’s connected to the exhaust fan in today’s test.

The Ostrog ADV’s 11.7” of clearance is barely enough to fit the slightly oversized GTX 970 in today’s test, but that same clearance also allows it to fit a wide range of ~10.7” premium-priced enthusiast motherboards that most manufacturers lazily refer to as “EATX.” Full EATX boards (13”-deep) won’t fit however.

While the lights aren’t excessively bright, capturing the true redness of the LEDs was difficult, because alternative camera settings caused the darker components to fade into the shadows.

We haven’t tested an inexpensive bay-filled case in a couple years, so the Enermax Ostrog ADV is instead compared to our closest-matching, less-filled cases using our standardized hardware configuration. The Raidmax Alpha has only one external bay but adds RGB lighting control, the Z9 Neo has fewer lights and two external bays, and the MasterBox 5 has no lights and two places to add external bays.

Test Results

High temperatures for the Ostrog ADV were tracked down to an exhaust fan that, while moving at normal speed, didn't feel like it was putting out much air. Turning down the fans to "medium" caused the expected temperature increase, and the "low" setting forced thermal throttling regardless of ambient conditions.

Regardless of its poor thermal performance, the Ostog ADV wasn’t able to advance in noise testing. Further examination revealed that the air simply wasn’t moving efficiently through the drive cages and out the exhaust fan. People who already own the case and have attempted to install hot hardware may find an airflow benefit by removing the center drive cage.

A combination of high heat and high noise push down the Ostrog ADV’s cooling-to-noise ratio.

Unfortunately, the price isn’t even low enough to put the Ostrog ADV ahead in our value calculations. Buyers must truly require its extra drive bays to justify its purchase.

Many of our readers aren’t using any kind of LGA 2011-v3 processor, let alone one that’s been overclocked, and we can’t tell anyone running cooler hardware to scratch the Ostrog ADV from their list. However, our tests have a significant performance component that prevents it from winning any awards.


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  • falchard
    Lovely Orange color and no Orange LEDs.
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  • Serratedfool627
    Love the concept, Hate the performance..... Shame
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  • shrapnel_indie
    Nice to see the Ostrog updated. Unfortunately, the update included some poor performance numbers (especially temperatures.) Was the original just as bad in cooling?
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  • MysteryFlavor
    This case looks nearly identical to my thermaltake S71, down to the internals. Rebrand perhaps?
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  • Crashman
    19465665 said:
    Lovely Orange color and no Orange LEDs.
    Well, it's actually supposed to be red, but it's a bright red so it's closer to the orange scale than, say, barn red. And the LEDs are red too, they just "blew out" the photo. For a better color reference, see the images on the Ostrog ADV web page.

    19466338 said:
    Nice to see the Ostrog updated. Unfortunately, the update included some poor performance numbers (especially temperatures.) Was the original just as bad in cooling?
    I don't know why the airflow out the back was so poor, but yes I checked it and yes it was low. You would think that the intake fans would boost it, but I have a feeling the positive pressure was just bypassing the CPU cooler and going out the top vent on the case. The original performed better.

    19467238 said:
    This case looks nearly identical to my thermaltake S71, down to the internals. Rebrand perhaps?
    Most case brands have limited to no manufacturing capability, and the chances of both coming from the same ODM are better than zero.

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  • WINTERLORD
    would really like to know what the weight of the upper drive cage is? can you wiegh it plz :)
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  • WINTERLORD
    i like this pc case alot but wondered bout the weight. the wioeght listed is the wieght without the box or packaging right?
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  • Crashman
    19469115 said:
    i like this pc case alot but wondered bout the weight. the wioeght listed is the wieght without the box or packaging right?
    Correct.
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  • stairmand
    Another boring case design.
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  • Fiqar_
    Enermax has done well here!
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