Aerocool Qx-2000 SFF Case

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aerocool qx2000But the latter of the companies I listed is at it again with a new small form factor case that looks to be aimed at the gamer in us. The Qx-2000 is said to be one of the best gaming SFF on the market says Aerocool. It brings good looks, good cooling and a dual level internal chambers for better heat separation. If all this is true the Qx-2000 is indeed posed to be a major player in the SFF era.

Introduction to the Aerocool Qx-2000

There are some pretty microATX motherboards out there. Lets see we have a few from ASUS, DFI, ECS, MSI and even Gigabyte is about to release a couple. And many of us choose this size motherboard for a reason. Size. Not even one's dream PC consist of an oversized case. And not everyone have to room or space to place huge boxes.

Case manufacturers are starting to realize this and are producting more and more microATX or small form factor cases. We have reviewed a couple here at Pro-Clockers from B-gears, Thermaltake, Silverstone and Aerocool. Each of the models we have tested have being aimed at a select individuals. But each of them does have a few things in common each would be standard size PSU support, decent support for today's mid-range graphic adapter and pretty decent area to work in.

But the latter of the companies I listed is at it again with a new small form factor case that looks to be aimed at the gamer in us. The Qx-2000 is said to be one of the best gaming SFF on the market says Aerocool. It brings good looks, good cooling and a dual level internal chambers for better heat separation. If all this is true the Qx-2000 is indeed posed to be a major player in the SFF era.

Aerocool take on the Qx-2000

Aerocool is proud to announce our first "Cube" case (Model - Qx-2000) under the PGS-Q Series (Compact Series - Blue Label).

Qx-2000 is one of the best "Cube" case in the market today. Its savage good looks will impress you. It is a TRUE gaming cube case which offers high versatility, expandability, transportability and performance.

The Qx-2000 has an unique "Double Decker" chassis structure which isolates excessive heat producing components from the rest of the system. This unique structure also created more space inside the chassis to support high end components such as Long Graphic cards (up to 300mm) and standard ATX PSUs.

The Qx-2000 comes with 4 fans to maximize airflow inside the chassis. The front 12cm in-take fan (included) will bring lots of cool air into your system. The back 8cm exhaust fans (up to 3 units - optional) will pump out the hot air from your system. The in-built 3 step fan controller give users the option to set the fan speed to "low", "medium" and "high".

Impress your opponents and friends with Aerocool's NEW Gaming Cube case - Qx-2000 !!


Specifications

Case Type Cube Tower
Material SECC 0.6mm
Motherboards Micro-ATX
Chassis Dimensions 240(H) x 300(W) x 391(D)
Drive Bays 2 x 5.25" (External)  / 1 x 3.5" (External)  / 2 x 3.5” (Hidden)
Expansion Slots 4 Slots
Max length space available for PCI slots 300 mm
I/O Ports 2 x USB2.0 / Mic & headphone (AC97 & HD audio)
PSU limitation Standard ATX PSU but recommending the depth no longer than 140mm and preferably Non-Modular connect type PSU.

 

  Front
Fan 120 x 120 x 18mm
(with Quad Blue & Red LEDs)
 
Rated voltage 12V
Starting voltage DC 9V ~ 13.8V
Power consumption 2.4W
Rated current 0.20A
Speed 1500 RPM ± 10%
Air Flow (CFM) 63.75 CFM (Max)
Air pressure 2.07mm H2O
Noise (dBA) 26.81 dB-A
Bearing Sleeve

Features

-High performance "Cube" case for gamers and enthusiast -  Supports Micro-ATX MBs.

- Solidly constructed chassis – 0.6mm SECC Japanese Steel.

- High-end Graphic card Support – Supports longer high-end  VGA cards up to 300mm.

- High versatility – Supports 2 x 5 1/4" devices (external), 1 x 3 1/2" device (external) and  2 x 3 1/2" HDDs (internal).  

- Supports standard ATX PSU – 140mm prefer length but can support up to 160mm.

- Ease of Installation – Screw-less kits are provided for the 5 1/4" bays.

- Easy Access front I/O ports – 2 x USBs and Audio/Mic (AC 97 + HD Audio).

- Unique "Double Decker" chassis –  isolates excessive heat producing components from the rest of the system. This unique structure also created more space inside the chassis to support high end components.

- Excellent Thermal Performance – install up to  1 x 12cm intake fan (included) and 3 x 8cm exhaust fans optional).

- Fan controller with LED color switch – users has the option to set the fan speed to "Low", "Medium" and High".  Users also has the option to set the front 12cm LED fan to Blue LED or Red LED or switch off the LED light completely.

Closer look at the outside of the Qx-2000

From the moment the case is removed from its box you can tell that it has gamer written all over it. From the deep black plastic facial to the overall placement of the fans, buttons and logo. But in order to be aimed at gamers it has to accomodate what gamer's usual put into their rigs. Each we will discuss as we tour the case inside and out.

The tour begins in the front of the case were we first thing we notice is the huge 120mm intake fan opening. Aerocool uses a 120x120.x18mm fan that has quad blue and red LEDs for that mid gaming effect. Usually fans of this size are quiet and this fan is no exception as it is rated at 26 dBA while spinning at 1500 RPM and pulling in just under 64 CFM of air. For external drive support the Qx-2000 can hjouse dual 5.25" optical drive or front panel devices which Aerocool is a major player in. A lone 3.5" bay completes the drive support.To the left of the drive bays are the power and reset buttons. The large button-like panel to the far left controls the rotation of the fan ranging from Low, Med and High. The bottom of the case is where the USB and audio ports are located.

The side of the Qx-2000 are rather plain only consisting of a narrow line. The line makes the case panels like look that come apart in multiple pieces. But that is not the case as the two sides and top comes off in one piece.

The rear of the case consist of three different locations for fans but none of this fans are included. Many may say why not include them? I think the answer would be due to the fact that 80mm fans tend to be rather noisey but there are some that are pretty quiet. But with the quiet ones you normally lose out in CFM, so Aerocool left it up to the individual to make the decision to best fit their needs.


Closer look at the inside

We removed the outside panel from the case to exposes the inside of the Qx-2000.The first thing that we noticed was the dual layers that make up the interior of the case. We will open it more in a second to show you separation. And if you are wandering the clearance between the two layer minus the motherboard height leave you with about 4.25 inches for a heatsink.

Here we have the front of the upper level where you will place all of your 5.25" optical drive and to the right are two internal 3.5" bays. Each of the drive carriers can be removed from the case for easier drive installation. But it is not necessary at all. In the rear of the top level is the placement for the power supply and one 80mm cooling fan.

In order to get to the bottom half of the Qx-2000 this plastic level ejects the top upwards. Also here you see the upper half is hinged into place. And this metal brace supports the upper half. Great if you have components in place and need the support. With the upper level in the upright position you have access to the last 3/5" bay which leads to the outside.

Now we have the lower half which is a wider spot for placing your motherboard. When it comes down to room and space the first thing many will ask is there enough room for a large gaming GPU. Well, the answer is yes. According to Aerocool, the Qx2000 can house a GPU up to 300mm or 11.9 inches long.

The rear has housing for dual 80mm fans. Once again these are not included with the purchase of the Qx-2000.

In the front we have the 120mm intake fan we spoke about earlier.

Lastly, we have the front panel removed for you all modders out there.


Conclusion

The Aerocool Qx2000 is definately a small form factor or SFF for the extreme gamers out there. It isn't often that you can find a case this small that is able to hold today's long graphic cards up to 300mm and not to mention the power supplies large enough to push them. Aerocool provides you both in the Qx2000.

And when it comes to cooling down such components you will need the necessary ventrilation. And the Qx2000 provides it in the form of 120mm intake fan up front and three 80mm exhaust fans which are not included. The options are definately there but too bad the cae does not come complete with the necessary fans. This could be to keep cost down.

One of the main features of the Qx2000 is the ease in which is it to build it up. Because the two halves separate to allow for easy access to the motherboard pane cuts the time in half it seems like. And its a pure luxury not having to remove a ton of components to change out one.

When it comes to down you can expect to pay roughly $85. Making it cheaper than the last SFF we reviewed that we reviewed which is the Silverstone SG05 which is another Pro-Clocker's favorite. So in this case it is a matter of if you want the gamer look or the sleek.

The Qx2000 is definately a nice case and very functional for those that are into gaming.

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