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Asus Launches ROG Strix Helios RGB Case

Following through on a CES promise made to our Italian friends, Asus has finally released the final specs on its ROG Helios ATX mid-tower for its official launch.

External features include 4mm-thick tempered-glass panels on both sides as well as the front, a secondary cover under the right side to assist cable concealment, a nylon strap carrying handle, and a front-panel group that includes four USB 3.1 Gen1 ports on two traditional USB 3.0 cable headers, and a Type-C port that uses the newer USB 3.1 Gen2 header.

Designed to support motherboards up to the old XL-ATX eight-slot standard, the ROG Strix Helios can support up to three double-slot cards with triple-slot spacing between them, or a single card turned sideways on a riser cable if you’d rather show off.  The riser cable is sold separately, but it is necessary to reduce large graphics card support to a single card. A handy image from the site shows how companies are attempting to redefine EATX (13”-deep) as a seven-slot variation of XL-ATX (~10.7”-deep).

Other features include drop-down side panels with push-button release, triple slide-out dust filters with front access for the bottom filter, dual radiator supports with a maximum 140 x 420mm up front and 120 x 360 (or 140 x 280) on top, and a PCIe car support that can also hold a 2.5” SSD or Asus Terminal fan controller.

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Designed to integrate with Asus’s entire ROG product line visually, even the panel logos have nearby RGB lighting that integrates through Asus’s Aura Sync program.

ROG Strix Helios Stats
Dimensions9.8 x 22.2 x 23.3 inch
Case SizeATX Mid Tower
Form FactorATX/micro ATX/Mini ITX/EATX (12”x10.9”)
Drive Bays(2) Int x 2.5”/3.5” Combo Bay (4) Int x 2.5” Bay
Installed FansFront: 3x 140mm Rear: 1 x 140mm
Expansion Slots8+2 (additional vertical)
WeightN.W. 17.8 kg
Front I/O Ports(1) USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, (4) USB 3.1 Gen 1 (1) Headphone, (1) Microphone LED & Fan Control Buttons
Power SupplyATX (Ahem, PS2 -ed)
Cooling SupportFront: 3 x 140mm/ 3 x 120mm Top: 2 x 140mm/ 3 x 120mm Rear: 1 x 140mm/120mm
Radiator SupportFront: 120, 140, 240, 280, 360, 420 mm Top 120, 140, 240, 280, 360 mm Rear: 1 x 140mm/120mm

ROG Strix Helios pre-orders have already begun at select vendors, with worldwide availability scheduled for later this month.

Image Credits: Asus

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.