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Aerocool PGS Vs-9 Value Mid Tower

Aerocool like some of the other opened up the segment with another series of entitled PGS. PGS actually is comprised of five different series: professional, aluminum, compact and for the gamers: value and ultimate gaming. As you can tell from the names each are aimed at different audiences. We will be talking about a model that is from the Value series, the Vs-9. The Vs-9 follows the ever growing mesh front panel trend. Offering just the right amount of gaming appearance and just enough sleek lines for the professional the Vs-9 has the able to satisfy a multitude of individuals.

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Aerocool like some of the other opened up the segment with another series of entitled PGS. PGS actually is comprised of five different series: professional, aluminum, compact and for the gamers: value and ultimate gaming. As you can tell from the names each are aimed at different audiences. We will be talking about a model that is from the Value series, the Vs-9. The Vs-9 follows the ever growing mesh front panel trend. Offering just the right amount of gaming appearance and just enough sleek lines for the professional the Vs-9 has the able to satisfy a multitude of individuals.

Introduction to the Aerocool PGS V Series Vs-9

So often I read forum post about how small or big percentage gaming is to the PC community, but you cannot deny the constant flow of gaming equipment coming to market. Every day we see more and more joysticks, games themselves, high-end video cards and other components coming to market. So, I won’t argue the fact the gaming industry is small or large but it is big enough for manufacturers to produce a nice flow of devices coming to market.

Gaming cases have been the rage of late. We have seen many different companies open gaming divisions. Coolermaster has done it. Lian Li has done it. Many have decided to not open another division but develop more cases for the gaming community. Thermaltake, NZXT, Raidmax and Antec to name a couple. However the cases get the market we potential to make money is there.

Our next review sample today is from a company that pretty much was in the gaming case market from the very beginning. Aerocool first came to market with cases like the AeroEngine series. Equipment with the largest fans we had ever seen at that time. Just another trend that Aerocool help to start.

Aerocool like some of the other opened up the segment with another series of entitled PGS. PGS actually is comprised of five different series: professional, aluminum, compact and for the gamers: value and ultimate gaming. As you can tell from the names each are aimed at different audiences. We will be talking about a model that is from the Value series, the Vs-9. The Vs-9 follows the ever growing mesh front panel trend. Offering just the right amount of gaming appearance and just enough sleek lines for the professional the Vs-9 has the able to satisfy a multitude of individuals.

Specifications

Case Type

Middle Tower

Material

SECC 0.6mm

Motherboards

ATX / Micro-ATX

Chassis Dimensions

430(H) x 190(W) x 493(D)

Drive Bays

9 x 5.25″ (External) /1 x 3.5″ (External-w/ adaptor) /5 x 3.5″ HDD (Hidden) /1 x 2.5″ HDD(Hidden)

Expansion Slots

7 Slots

Max length space available for PCI slots

295 mm

I/O Ports

2 x USB2.0 / Mic & headphone (AC97 & HD audio)

Features

  • High performance “Mid-Tower” for gamers and enthusiast.
  • Solidly constructed “ALL BLACK” chassis – 0.6mm SECC Japanese Steel and beautifully finished ALL BLACK interior.
  • High-end Graphic card Support – Supports longer high-end VGA cards up to 295 mm.
  • High Expandability – Supports 9 x 5 1/4″ bays and maximum 5 x 3.5″ HDDs (internal) with HDD convertor brackets.
  • Superb HDD Cooling capability – Each HDD bracket has pre-drilled fan holes to mount a 12cm fan to cool each HDD individually.
  • Ease of Installation – New “Easy-install” screw-less kits are included for the 5 1/4″ devices and PCI slot.
  • Easy Access Front I/O ports – 2 x USBs and Audio/Mic ports are easily accessible from the front panel.
  • Smart Cable Management – Cable routing clips are pre-mounted on the MB so users can arrange the cables inside the chassis neatly.
  • CPU holes is pre-drilled on the MB plate for ease of CPU cooler assembly Superb Cooling – Users can install up to 7 fans – 3 x 12cm front intake fans (optional), 2 x 12cm/14cm intake side panel fans (optional), 1 x 12cm back exhaust fan (included) and 1 x 12cm intake bottom fan (optional).
  • Un-rival Airflow – The front “Mesh” front bay cover design allows max intake of cold air. The top chassis vent holes enable the hot air inside the chassis to exist easily. Users also have the option to install up to 2 x 12cm/14cm on the top panel if there is sufficient space inside the chassis.
  • TAC 2.0 compatible Side Panel
  • Bottom PSU position – the bottom PSU location enables PSUs to suck in cold air and provides better air flow for your system.
  • Water-cooling Support – water-cooling holes are pre-drilled to support water-cooling systems!!
  • Supports 1 x SSD Drive
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Closer look at the exterior

We are not going to hide the fact that the Vs-9 does resemble that of many other cases on the market. This is understandable as the trend of today is the mesh front facial. I am sure the tide will turn and we see another trend that many will follow. But for now this is it. Even with the resemblance to other cases the Vs-9 does offer the PGS twist we have seen from the rest of the line-up.

The Vs-9 stands about seventeen inches off the floor and sits about twenty inches deep. This should be enough to allow the usage of today’s extra long video cards. Made of black 0.6 SECC metal and some plastic on the front the Vs-9 looks to be a very sturdy case.

For those that are looking for a lot of room for different types of drive and other front panel devices will be happy to know the Vs-9 have a total of nine external 5.25” drive bays. One of the larger bays can be adapted to a 3.5” with included components. The large number of drive bays is a good indication to the interior cooling which we will discuss in a few minutes. For external connectivity, Aerocool elected to go with two USB only. No eSATA or firewire on this model. But audio ports are included.

The Vs-9 does not offer any windowed side panel but the left side panel does have the holes punched out for the installation of two 12/14cm cooling fans. And these are not included with the case. Make sure you don’t throw away any of thse screws that come with your fans as yu will need them. The Vs-9 does not come with any.

 The top of the case does offer warm air generated by the internal components a way to escape. Two large 12/14cm cooling fans can be installed. But for the modders out there this is a nice place for a cut-off for a window. Or if you want to add a water-loop replacement for a dual radiator can be integrated here.

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The rear of the Vs-9 offers placement that we have come accustom to seeing.  The top consist of a single 120mm cooling fan that is rated for 1500 RPM pushing 58 CFM of air all at 26 dBA. Underneath the fan are water-cooling tube inlet/outlets. The standard seven slot PCI expansion is available as well as the bottom mount power supply. Aerocool includes these two pull tab for making the removal of the side panels painless.

At the bottom of the case the Vs-9 uses four slide around feet to keep it stable. An individual 12/14cm fan can be placed on the bottom of the case as well. But is not included.

Closer look at the interior

Look at the inside of the Vs-9 for the first time we saw a very good looking and well workable case. The entire inside is painted in the black which is fast becoming a standard. For not being an extremely tall case there is plenty of room to work with.

One of the first things we notice about the Vs-9 is the CPU cooler cut-out in the back of the motherboard tray. Another option that is quietly becoming a standard in the industry. And for cable management the case comes with built-in clips to hold cables in place. This is a decent option to not be able to place the cables behind the motherboard tray. Only negative is yu can only place about three legs of cables if you include the main ATC cable.If you are worried about having enough room for that very long GPU you have handy there is approximately 11.6 inches of space between the rear of the case and the drive bays.

 Like we stated before the Vs-9 has a ton of room for drives or other devices that utilize drive bays. A total of nine 5.25” bays but there are also five 3.5” bays and one 2.5” bay for your SSD. Drives are hold in place using these red and black plastic mechanisms. The front can also house up to three large diameter fans with special adapters as well. But we see the location ideal for a water-cooling radiator. In the front is the only location where you will find dust filters.

In the rear of the case we see the lone fan that comes with the Aerocool Vs-9. A solid black unit which we detailed earlier in this article. For I/O card security these black plastic clips holds them in place.

Here we have the top of the case from the inside.

Quick installation Photos

Below are a few pieces that come with the case that you will need in your build. The four larger plastic pieces are will you need in order to mount fans up front as well as mount your hard drives.

The photos below show you just how the HDD are mounted as well as the fans. Nice idea to have the single peice to serve both purposes. Mounting the two together allows you to actively cool your HDD prolonging its life. If you only need the fan to be mounted up front, the whle assembly can be mounted vertically.

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Here we have the HDD mounted in one of the spare 5.25″ bays.

Lastly, we have the motherboard and VGA mounted to get you some idea of how much space is available. The plastic locks that secure the expansion cards is place are pretty scrong and reliable. I was surprised to see this all the cases I have tested the plastic mechanisms are pretty weak.

Here we have the front facial removed. By default only one fan mount is displayed. We inserted two more to get you some idea of the amount of room is offered.

Now, we will take a look at the power supply mounting and the cable management. Mounting of the power supply can’t be any easier. But the cable management is not the best we have seen. Only a small number f cables can be placed in the plastic clips shown here. In this care all we could put here was the main ATX, one PCIe and the aux legs of the power supply.

Conclusion

The Aerocool Vs-9 is one of those cases that can meet the needs for so many individuals. Aimed at the gamers and enthusiasts, it offers all the space one would need in putting together the ultimate gaming. Enough room to house a full-size motherboard and plenty of space to fit larger graphic cards in multiple numbers. And when it comes to having enough territory for drives, you have it. The combinations of nine 5.25” drive bays couple with five 3.5” bays you should not lack room even when using raid arrays.

I don’t know if that was the intentions of Aerocool but the Vs-9 offers enough space for dual radiator setups for water-cooling loops. There is plenty of area in the front for a dual rad as well as in the top panel.

For a $60 case you know you would not be getting all the bells and whistles that you would see in a $100 plus case. Some things would have to be eliminated from the build in order to put a cheaper case on the market. In the case of the Vs-9 one of the things cut from the budget was addition case fans. Included is one rear mounted fan when there is a possibility of nine. One good thing about this is you pick what fan you want and not what someone else wants you to have or pay for.

Also you will not find the Vs-9 to be an extra wide model. Aerocool elected to keep the model thin to take up less space. But if you are worried about cable management it comes in the form of built-in clips. The clips will only clamp down a few cables leaving you find ways of hiding the rest.

One thing we found to be the Vs-9 lesser point is the case is a little on the flimsy side when no components are in place.

The Aerocool Vs-9 does offer a lot of features that we are seeing as a plus in many cases like tool-less operations, black interior housing, good ventilation and good looks. All of which cannot be found in all $60 cases. Making the Vs-9 a good buy.

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