Aerocool BX-500 B Series Tower

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BX-500The BX-500 is a mid-size tower that comes in black and covered in mesh which is a style that many manufacturers are using these days. This is far from the rad stylings of AeroCool's past. The lines are straight and clean and would put you in the mind of the Cooler Master CM 690, but with many more features. These features are important enough every manufacturer should add them to their cases. Read through the following pages and see what this new case is all about.

Introduction to the Aerocool BX-500

In the beginning, Aerocool tried hard to impress gamers out there with their cases. Back then, the cases they produced were very noticeable as they were the first or one of the first to implement very large fans in the front of the tower. I know you remember the ExtremEngine. The design was so unique and different, it had everyone talking. As of late, Aerocool has not forgotten about gamers and their needs, but have started to embrace other demographics  looking for quality cases. A group of people Aerocool is trying to satisfy are pretty much like me. Someone looking for finer lines, simplistic sleek lines and a classy decor. Taking a ride over to Aerocool's site, you see that they have you covered no matter what your taste is.

Now that you are back on our site, you may have seen Aerocool has broken down their new line of cases into five categories. Trust me, you will see most of them on the pages of Pro-Clockers. The five classes are V for Value, R, S for Silver line which would include all Aluminum cases, B for Black label which would be for the gamers and last, the Q, which includes all compact cases. Scott has reviewed the first V series case which was the VX-9 Pro. A great looking case that Scott really enjoyed researching. Today is my turn to take a look at one of the new Aerocool cases. My case will come from the B series and is called the BX-500.

The BX-500 is a mid-size tower that comes in black and covered in mesh which is a style that many manufacturers are using these days. This is far from the rad stylings of AeroCool's past. The lines are straight and clean and would put you in the mind of the Cooler Master CM 690, but with many more features. These features are important enough every manufacturer should add them to their cases. Read through the following pages and see what this new case is all about.


 

Packaging and contents

Here, we see the BX-500 comes in a solid black box. The front page has a large image of the case with a long list of features about the case. The back of the box has a singed skeleton zapping the image of the case. Below thiese images is a nice open shot of the side panel removed to show off the steel interior.

Specifications

Chassis Dimensions 480(H) x 215(W) x 568(D)
Material SECC 0.8mm
Motherboards UP TO EEB
5.25" bay (External) 5
3.25" bay (External) 1(convert from 5.25" bay)
Expansion Slots 7 Slots
Max length space available for PCI slots 380 mm
I/O Ports 4 x USB2.0 / 1394 / e-SATA / Mic & headphone (AC97 & HD audio) / Reset button

Cooling Specifications

  Front Rear Top x2
Fan 120 x 120 x 25mm 120 x 120 x 25mm 140 x 140 x 25mm
Rated voltage 12V 12V 12V
Starting voltage
Power consumption 2.64W 2.64W 3.36W
Rated current 0.22A 0.22A 0.28A
Speed 1500 RPM ± 10% 1500 RPM ± 10% 1500 RPM ± 10%
Air Flow (CFM) 58.35 CFM (Max) 58.35 CFM (Max) 86.0 CFM (Max)
Air pressure 2.1mm H2O 2.1mm H2O 1.54mm H2O
Noise (dBA) 26.67 dB-A 26.67 dB-A 23.13 dB-A
Bearing Sleeve Sleeve Sleeve

More Fan Specifications

Superb airflow - install up to 10 fans !!
  • 1. Front - 1 x 12cm Orange LED fan(included)
  • 2. Back - 1 x 12cm Orange LED fan(included)
  • 3. Top – 2 x 14cm fan Orange LED fans(included)
  • 4. Side (left panel) – 4 x 12cm or 14cm fans (optional)
  • 5. Side (right panel) – 1 x 8 or 9cm fan to help cool your CPU(optional)
  • 6. Bottom – 1 x 12cm or 14cm fan (optional)

 

A look at the exterior

The front face of the BX-500 consists of five 5.25" bays with the top one being adapted to support a 3.5" device. Each of the drive bay panels are made from mesh as well. Continuing with the flow of the front is a large area that contains only the PGS symbol. Behind that area is a large 120mm cooling fan which we will show you later. We removed the front panel to show off the metal behind the plastic front. The cooling fan has a dust vent that can be removed and cleaned. The sides of the front panel is made of high quality aluminum.

I like what Aerocool did with the top of the BX-500. The forward portion consists of the usual power button but behind it is a small panel that can be pressed in. Once opened you have access to the I/O area which includes eSATA, firewire, USB and audio ports. The BX-500 has a feature that we have seen on the cases like the CM 690 and Antec 900 which is a small sitting area that you can use for placement of small device or materials. The BX-500 has two 140mm fans sitting in the top panel of the case. From the outside looking down, it looks like a nice area to place a water-cooling rad.

The right side panel is pretty plain Jane, as it only contains a small vent area. The left side panel does not consist of a window or clear film but a very large area that can house up to four fans measuring up to 14cm.

Last, we have the rear of the case. Everything is in the right position. Off note is the power supply mounting is situated at the bottom of the case and the addition of a second set of water-cooling tube inlets.


 

A look at the interior

The inside of the BX-500, as you can see, is pretty open. This arrangement is typical of many cases in the same league as this one. The first thing I looked for when I opened it up was the cable management possibilities. In the beginning it looked pretty slim in this area, but as we explore the internals, the challenges disappear.

For cable management, the BX-500 has two small openings in the bottom of the motherboard tray. At the edge of the tray is also another area where cables can be placed or routed for a neater inside. To top it off, the case has small plastic clips for managing the cables running from the top I/O area to the bottom of the motherboard. In order to not have to run the cables for the fans there are two conjunction plates. This is a real must due to the fact the case can house up to ten fans total.

The front of the case can house up to five external 5.25" devices and five 3.5" drives internally. The top large bay has an adapter to support smaller devices. Each can be utilized easy with the aid of the tool-less brackets and locking mechanisms. To mount an optical drive, all you have to do is unlock the bar and lift it up. Once the drive is in place, replace the bar and you are done. For the smaller devices like hard drives all that needs to be done is to remove the plastic holder, insert drive and returned both back to the case. Done.

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The rear of the case has an arrangement we have seen in many cases. Here we get the first look at the fans in which Aerocool put in this case. The rear and the front fan are rated at 58cfm at 26 dBA. That's a very decent amount of air movement at a low noise level. The power supply opening is trimmed in rubber to adsorb any vibration made from the PSU. Plastic brackets are used to secure any PCI cards in place.

We could not close this review without showing you the back of the motherboard tray of the BX-500. It may not look to have a lot area here but you can hide the thickest cables behind here including the main ATX cable. All the screws and zip ties you will need come attached to the case. The black bracket behind where the CPU would be can support either a 80 or 92 mm fan for extra cooling.


 

Conclusion

Aerocool is wants prove to the masses that they are more than just company out to satisfy gamers,  professionals and others out there looking for a classy case: a case with fine curves and clean lines. The refinement in appearance is not all that applies here with the BX-500. Function is another key reason the BX-500 will become a well-respected case. For one, it houses two conjunction boxes that makes it easy to connect all the fans inside the case. This is a much needed feature as the case can house up to ten 120mm or larger fans.

Speaking of fans. Aerocool used some pretty interesting ones for this case. Once power is given the fans light up orange, but not an overwhelming orange: more of a medium orange. This is a change from the usual red and blue we see in most cases. Need a little extra CPU cooling? Well, a 92 x 15mm fan can be mounted to the rear of the motherboard tray to cool the back of the board.

Tool-less is key to many looking to build a new rig. With the BX-500, you don't have to worry about screwing in drives or using a screwdriver to secure in your expansion cards.

We like the case a lot but it does have a small fault or two. Because the case is completely made of mesh up front it will gather its share of dust build-up. Cleaning will have to be done more often than a normal case.

Overall, the BX-500 is a nice looking case and well built. It offers some features that are simple but very useful. And features we would love to see in all cases.

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