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Aerocool StrikeX OneNext, we will be taking a look at Strike-X’s value gaming tower which is simply labeled Strike-X One. To begin what we like about the One case is that it is set in a price range that many companies are not pricing their product even though it where it should be. At $60, the case a decent amount of features and doesn’t have the hardcore Strike-X theme of the GT chassis we reviewed.

Introduction to the Aerocool Strike-X One PC Tower

It seems as if everyone is coming out get a gaming brand under their under naming scheme. We have seen Cooler Master do it with Storm, there was Corsair and Vengeance and the list goes go on. Aerocool have taken a similar as well. Now under the Aerocool name we have Strike-X. And like all the others Strike-X is their gaming division. We have tested a few Strike-X products already which would include Strike-X 800 watt power and the Strike-X GT gaming chassis.

Next, we will be taking a look at Strike-X’s value gaming tower which is simply labeled Strike-X One. To begin what we like about the One case is that it is set in a price range that many companies are not pricing their product even though it where it should be. At $60, the case a decent amount of features and doesn’t have the hardcore Strike-X theme of the GT chassis we reviewed.


Specifications

Case Type

Mid Tower

Material

SPCC 0.5mm

Motherboards

Micro ATX/ATX

Case Dimensions

440mm (H) x 180mm (W) x 475mm (D)

Drive Bays

4 x 5.25" (Exposed) / 6 x 3.5" HDD or 2.5 HDD

Expansion Slots

7

Max length space available for PCI slots

400mm

I/O Ports

2x USB2.0 / Audio+Mic

Features

  • All black chassis interior (0.5mm thickness)
  • Supports Long VGA Cards up to 400mm
  • USB2.0 x 2 + Audio (HD) + Mic
  • Includes 1 x 12cm Black fan (Back)
  • w/ Dust filter for PSU
  • w/ 4 x ODD screw-less kit
  • w/ 6 x 5 1/4" < 3 1/2" convertor brackets – can be used as fan adaptor, can install 3.5" HDDs and 2.5" HDDs and can be used to install floppy or card reader.
  • w/ Cable Routing Management (pre-drilled holes on the MB plate)
  • w/ Pre-drilled CPU holes for easy mounting and removable of CPU cooler

Closer look at the exterior

We begin the tour of the Strike-X One by stating the obvious. And it starts with the case only being offered in black and that is black inside and out. The GT has some accents of red which were the expansion slot covers in the rear of the case and some styling on the top.

The case stands 17.3” tall and sits 18.7 deep. According to Aerocool the case has 15.7” of inner space for a GPU. If this is true the card would up between the two sides that make up the HDD cage. And also means no drives would be able to fit in that area.

The Strike-X One does not have all the X theme aspect of the Strike-X GT. The whole design that was purulent all over the GT case. Not as much when it comes to the One. The only X here is the one sitting dead center in the middle of the front panel of the case.

The top of the case starts off with a red lined X logo which is about the only thing red on this case when there is no power to it. Just below that and looks like the first drive bay is the I/O panel. The panel consists of the power and reset sitting on each end of the bay with two USB 2.0 and audio jacks in the middle.

The case has nine drive bays with four of them being able to hold a 5.25” device and all of them able to hold a 3.5” drive. The reason for them not all being able to hold the larger device is because of the X design in the front.

Removing the front panels you see what looks like would hold a fan and is exactly what it does. But it is also a holder for any 3.5” devices you need to slide in the bays. And when using it as a HDD holder a fan can be placed underneath the drive and attached to the holder for better HDD cooling. You can use any extra HDD to mount a total of three fans in the front of the case.

The top of the case has a slightly raised section that can house two 120mm or a dual fan rad. These fans are not included with the case.

The left side panel does not have a window but does have a vented area that once again can hold two 120/140mm fans. Also not included with the case.

The opposite has a small vented area to allow heat from the back of the motherboard where to the CPU socket is located to escape from the case.

The case does come with two inlets for water-cooling tubing. A 120mm does come included and mounted in the rear of the case. It can be replaced with a 140mm if needed. When it comes to most case the portion of the case where the expansion cards secure to the case are often recessed into the case. That is not the case with the Strike-X; it is even with the edge of the case so a metal shield is used to cover the area. And it does have to be removed in order to add cards as you do. The slot covers are partial vented for airflow.

The case offers a dust filter to cover the intake for the power supply but not one for the additional fan that can be added to the bottom of the case.


Closer look at the interior

The interior of the case is painted completely black to match that of the outside. And it offers plenty of room for a build that many would consider budget. I mean the case would not house a XL-ATX motherboard but would not think anybody would put such a board in a $60 case. Aerocool has several other cases for something like that.

The upper left corner of the motherboard tray has a large opening for changing out a CPU cooler. There are also five other opening for routing cables to the rear of the back of the MB tray. The holes have no rubber grommets to protect the wiring but the metal is rolled to offer that feature.

In the image below we see a couple of the securing mechanisms use to hold the drives in place. Aerocool only includes four sets of these for four device support. All other drives will have to be screwed in. also the builder and use the rear of the HDD to mount three more fans like it was possible in the very front of the case.

Here we have an inter shot of the top of the case where two more fans can be mounted.

The rear 120mm cooling fan.


Conclusion

The Aerocool Strike-X One isn’t going to be the next great PC tower because it doesn’t offer all the features that we are used to seeing in a case. The retails between $50 to $60 and you get that most worth of features. The case does offer numerous cooling possibilities but you will have to buy all the fans yourself as the case one comes with one rear mounted one.

The offers a partially tool-less when it comes to drive installation. The case comes with several sets of securing brackets for mounting drives. But if you plan on using more than four drives or devices they will have to be screwed in.

The plastic HDD holders double as placement holders for up to six fans being able to mount in the front part of the case. But if you decide to use say three of these brackets for fans then you limit yourself when it comes to the hard drives you can add to the system.

The looks of the case is not as extreme as the bigger and more expensive Strike-X GT. Is that a good thing or bad thing? That is something that is up to the individual. But the overall build of the case is a little on the flimsy slide especially the side panels. This is something that is evident in many low cost cases.

So, we see there is a lot of give and take with the Strike-X One from Aerocool. But with all that we mention the case will only set you back about $60. So, it is a decent value.

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