Aerocool P7-C1 takes into Aerocool range special place. The manufacturer decided to go “boxes for” Gaming chassis, implemented new ideas and fresh design concept. Of course, not without this glass, which is becoming more fashionable.
Manufacturer Aerocool is known to our readers gaming bodies, including the popular line XPredator. But the company has introduced a number of families with an alternative design, strict forms and modern appearance. It may be noted Aero line and Dead Silence. Just recently we tested body Dead Silence DS 230, in which the latest developments can be traced well. With this chassis Midi Tower Aerocool clearly showed what heights can achieve multi-colored lights.
The new building Aerocool P7-C1 goes even a step further. Housing Midi Tower attracts attention hexagonal design variants can be ordered with a white or black colors, each can choose any of the eight illumination colors. Finally, the optional enclosure can be ordered with a window made of tempered glass. Just a body Tempered Glass Edition and enrolled in our test lab. It looks really nice, but the RGB lighting adds its own charm. Her work, we have shown in the video.
Package is quite interesting. Aerocool attaches to P7-C1 is not only mounting accessories bag and user manual. You will also receive a fee-distributor for connection of fans, strip RGB LED and adapter for connection of two LED-strips. All tapes, including front and are connected to a common control system. The board-spreader fans there are different options. To it can be connected to a fan through a PWM fan and four 3-pin plugs, to control which can be fed PWM signal from the motherboard board, but you can also activate speed of 60 or 100 percent by hand. The corresponding mode switch button on the card, the distributor, the selection is confirmed by an indicator. Finally, attached tightening Velcro cable management. In contrast, you can use ordinary plastic puffs them again.
In the center of the front panel is a grid with an additional dust filter, through which the injection of cold air from outside. Grid framed wide plastic frame, at the junction of the frame and mesh mounted RGB LED strip. Compartments external drive is not provided. Aerocool allows you to set the front heat exchanger NWO (360 or 280 mm) or front fan (3x 120 mm or 2x 140 mm).
Previously, glass side panels met in expensive buildings concept, but today they have penetrated the mass market. At Aerocool P7-C1 window not used, and the entire left panel is made of tempered glass. The panel is secured with four screws with knurled head, the corresponding holes in the glass are protected by rubber grommets. Aerocool only slightly smoked glass, so the system interior is easily visible. It is a logical move, given that users will want to highlight the complete interior with LED-stripes (optional, you can connect two additional LED-strip).
The plastic cover of the housing provided for the rear mounting for the two optional 120mm fan, but can alternatively be set to 240-mm coil CBO. Vents are placed “herringbone”. Unlike the front panel, Aerocool did not add to the net dust filter.
In front of the cover strip located on glossy I / O panel. At its center Aerocool installed power button and reset, which can be easily confused. Two small buttons next to allow you to change backlight mode (static, breathing, pulse, off) or the backlight color (white, blue, blue, purple, red, orange, yellow, green). Interfaces are not exactly standard: in addition to two pairs of USB 2.0 ports and USB 3.0, you get a 3.5-mm audio jack and an SD card slot.
The right panel is made entirely of steel. So jumble of cables behind the motherboard tray will not be visible. The panel is secured by two thumbscrews at the rear. As can be seen from the layout of the rear panel, Aerocool did not depart from the classical scheme of arrangement for supply and motherboard unit. 120 mm fan is also quite typical.
As the lid, the bottom Aerocool P7-C1 manufactured for the most part of plastic. Midi Tower housing is mounted on two simple plastic rails with four rubber pads. Under the power supply is provided a dust filter, but remove it for cleaning problematic.
In Aerocool P7-C1-date is not only the appearance, but also the interior. The segment of the motherboard is separated from the segment BP and drives. As a result, the air flow in the segment of the motherboard is not obstructed.
Optional front fans are in very favorable terms. They pumped fresh air through the grid and dust filter, and then direct the air flow directly to the motherboard components. If one uses a large heat sink, which will go into the power supply segment, its wall thickness is limited to 6 cm segments.
Most drives will be visible through the window. On partition Aerocool segments set two mounts for 2.5 “drives. Steel mounting can be easily removed, enough to unscrew the thumbscrew. 2.5” drives are fastened to mountings conventional screws. To install expansion cards Aerocool also use conventional screws. Only the top slot installed reusable cap, all other slots break out plugs.
The front panel and the cover are attached to the steel casing with simple plastic hooks. For the installation of a ceiling fan or heat exchanger cover have to shoot. Between the cover and the upper end of the motherboard available space of about 5.9 cm. It is sufficient for the heat exchangers typical CBO closed loop or Self-assembling thin radiator CBO.
Over the motherboard tray is left not much room. Therefore, cabling in the Aerocool P7-C1 have to think. Aerocool abandoned the usual holes in the tray for cable routing. Instead, they provided a vertical slot through which laid all the cables. Next you will notice two more brackets for installation of 2.5 “drives.
The space beneath the motherboard segment is divided into ATX power supply and a 3.5 “rack. Places for PSU bit length is allowed only up to 20.5 cm. Long high-end models of PD in the case can not fit. However, access to such situations there 3.5 “rack can be removed, it is modular. The rack 3.5-inch hard drives are installed in trays without a screwdriver. But the 2.5-inch drives have already screwed to the trays.
Installing a test system in the body Aerocool P7-C1 problems not caused. With the cabling had to tinker, but the result is worth. COMPLETE LED-strip can be installed in any place of the housing. It’s nice that the strip does not stick and is held by magnets. Therefore, problems with the rearrangement will not occur. The length of the strip corresponds to the length of the housing.
At its core, Aerocool P7-C1 – seemingly simple housing Midi Tower with an average (at best) thick steel and a lot of plastic. But the concept of a simple body Aerocool able to develop a very interesting model. The manufacturer chose a contemporary design, with both externally and within the housing, said glass side panel, multi-color backlight, convenient fee-distributor for connection of fans.
Outside housing Aerocool P7-C1 is different than a typical gaming Aerocool model in the past. The case is easy to attract attention as tinted side panel of precious glass, and multi-color lighting system. Aerocool not only integrated LED-strip on the front panel, but also put the RGB LED-strip in the package – it is attached by magnets to any part of the body. If staff capacity is not enough, you can purchase a couple more RGB LED-strip, to better highlight the “hardware” of the glass panel. On the market are not so many buildings with such a rich illumination capabilities.
Aerocool has paid attention not only in appearance but also functionality – everything is clearly visible on the interior of the structure. Of course, some users will not miss the possibility of installing a 5.25 “drive, but well thought out interior. As a result, the body inside looks neat, and the cooling system does not interfere. It is a pity that the body is equipped with a nominally only one 120-mm rear fan, but at Aerocool P7-C1 enough mounts for additional fans. Inside the housing you can install heat exchangers the format of up to 360 or 280 mm. for Self-assembling its not enough fasteners to install the tank and pump, but for popular CBO closed loop Aerocool P7-C1 fits quite well. It complete board-distributor can be connected fan housing and NWO, and then manage them using a single signal PWM motherboard is possible to set the speed manually fans, but are only available two variants of differences in temperature and noise level between the two stages are small -.. at least with fan pre-installed. Up to two dust filters on front and bottom is not easy to reach for cleaning, and Aerocool saved on reusable slot plugs. Only you can use the top cap again, break out the rest.
In Europe Aerocool P7-C1 you will have to pay around 100 euros. Of the alternatives may be mentioned the same Define R5, if you’re willing to do without glass and lighting. The case In Win 303 can be called the closest competitor, though he upsets the quality of plastic. According to In Win 303 also clearly visible changes which towers manufacturers have in recent months. When we tested the body in May, he was the only ATX model with a glass panel and a reasonable price. Who tightened and other manufacturers.
In any case, Aerocool body with the glass panel can be considered one of the most interesting in the market. He has the body and its weaknesses, but overshadows the impressive lighting system and some additional features. Therefore, our body deserves the award “new idea”.