The new case Enermax Ostrog Lite company aimed at the budget segment, the price corresponding to his – less than 50 euros. But still Enermax offers a stylish aluminum design and a modern interior. I wonder what to save the manufacturer? All this you will find out in our review.
At first glance you could not tell that Enermax Ostrog Lite has become a victim of the economy. Midi Tower housing has a front panel with aluminum trim, and not without side windows tinted. However, by weight less than 5 kg can guess that the metal in Enermax Ostrog Lite case not so much. The list of functions is quite long, so the interior should be neat and modern. The manufacturer promises a convenient cabling, dust filter and bezotvertochnuyu assembly. Note and two preset fan Enermax, which augur well for a high level of cooling performance.
Housing in Russia has not yet appeared, but in Europe it can be purchased from 45 euros . Moreover, this price is for a slightly better equipped with black casing ECB3080BB-01. Gray option ECB3080BI-02 deprived fan with LED-backlit, but worth 5 euros cheaper.
Enermax mounting accessories packed in a bag, in addition to the screws and racks attached user’s manual and the black cable tightening.
Before we proceed to the test, let me give you the basic specifications in a tabular format.
Enermax Ostrog Lite: Specifications
|Make and model:||Enermax Ostrog Lite, ECB3080 or ECB3080BB-01|
|Material:||Steel (SPCC, 0,5 mm) plastic|
|Dimensions:||247 x 500 x 510 mm (W x H x D)|
|Form Factor:||ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX|
|Bays drives:||2x 5.25 “(external), 3x 3,5” (internal, 1x through 5.25 “adapter), 4x 2,5” (internal, 2x in 3.5 “trays, 2x on the motherboard tray)|
|Fans:||2x 120 mm (front, 1x 120mm pre-installed), 1x 120 m (rear, pre-installed), 2x 120 mm (top, optional), 1x 80/92 mm (bottom / PS segment, optional)|
|The weight:||4.65 kg|
|Price:||from 45 euros|
We have pointed out the aluminum design, aluminum but this is not expected at this price housing. Front panel Enermax Ostrog Lite plastic, with a textured finish aluminum. The front panel is solid, unlike many modern buildings. This is associated with two plugs conspicuous 5.25 “compartments, and inserting the mesh into the bottom of the front panel. It provides air flow to the front fans.
Buttons and interfaces input / output ATX casing arranged in front of the cap. The large power button on the left, in practice, very convenient, but a tiny reset button. Moreover, it has sunk, so her finger press problematic. But you do not send the computer to restart by pressing random. I / O panel will not be released because the interfaces are protected against the ingress of dust caps. The user will receive two ports USB 2.0, one USB 3.0 port and two analog audio. But the plug must first be extracted.
The window overlooks the motherboard segment. But the lower part with the power supply is hidden. However, the components of the motherboard because the segment tinted plastic is difficult to see, at least, if not installed inside the illumination body.
Typically, entry-level housing rather narrow. And Enermax Ostrog Lite – is no exception. To enlarge the space for cabling, the manufacturer has made a central part of the left side of the convex panel. Both panels are screwed thumbscrews. Remove the panel, you can effortlessly. But with the return of the panels in place make sure the bindings. To install the add-in cards used Enermax Planck length, which is screwed a Phillips screw. But, if necessary, an expansion card can be screwed cross head screws separately. Only the top slot reusable cap, break out the rest.
Midi-Tower housing based on four plastic feet with rubber pads. Dust cover the filter is easily removed for cleaning with a plastic grille is more difficult – it is necessary to exempt from metal hooks.
With the price of Enermax Ostrog Lite, we were not expecting to receive two separate segments within the housing. But separated Enermax PSU and 3.5 “drive rack steel sheet from the motherboard segment. With a maximum video length is also no problem. Since the storage rack is moved from the motherboard segment, airflow nothing prevents the front fan. But the pre-frontal fan cools, for the most part, the lower segment. fan does not stop to move to a better cooling of the motherboard segment. Or add a second front fan.
The front fan is not LED-backlight, but the manufacturer installed behind the fan Apollish c LED-backlit display. But it is only in black body ECB3080BB-01, the gray version is installed Enerflo model without light. On the back wall of the fan insulated foam gaskets, but the front Enerflo insulation no fan. Conveniently, both fans can be connected through a 4-pin plug of the Molex, and 3-pin plug Fan.
5.25 “rack in Ostrog Lite no steel mounting angles forming drive with the motherboard tray. In one of the 5.25” bay adapter installed on a 3.5 “drive.
Tray motherboard is not only used for mounting 5.25 “drives, but also for the installation of two 2.5” drives. Also, it contains holes for cable routing and mounting cutout for the CPU cooler back plate. It is a pity that at the top of the tray there is no additional holes on the motherboard.
The lower segment is set power supply – at the rear. Enermax did not use the vibration isolation, the power supply is mounted on a steel convexity. At least 3.5 “drives can be installed without the aid of a screwdriver. However, 2,5” SSD / HDD have screwed to the trays.
Cabling was the weak point of the case, and not only because of the lack of holes on the motherboard. Between the motherboard tray and the side of the body is left too little space to lay cables in spite of the difficult side of the bulge. We have to be very careful, otherwise the right panel just will not close.
In the test sample Apollish fan lights up red. He looked very good, especially for tinted windows. However, the side window is very much obscures the interior, so the lights will not annoy those users who do not like it.
Of course, the body must not only be functional and easy to assemble. It should also provide efficient cooling.
We used the following test configuration:
The main components of the test system
|CPU:||Intel Core i5-2400S|
|CPU Cooler:||Scythe Yasya|
|Operative memory:||4096 MHz 1333 MB Crucial|
|Storage device:||OCZ Arc 100 SSD 240 GB|
|Video card:||Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 Ultimate|
|Operating system:||Windows 7 x64 Home Premium|
For measurement of the maximum temperature of the CPU test, we used the free tool Prime95, which loads the system for 30 minutes. We chose the Small FFT load that maximizes heat dissipation, and then fixed the maximum core temperature using the system utility Lavalys Everest. We have combined temperature for the individual nuclei, and then divided them by the number of cores. At the same time we loaded the graphics card a demanding test Furmark.
Temperature evaluation mode in idle mode (single operation of the system) is not so interesting, because processors and graphics cards manufacturers have long implemented a very good power-saving mechanisms. For example, reduce the CPU core voltage and frequency in the event of inaction. Therefore, the heat generation components is significantly reduced.
Enermax Ostrog Lite provides two preset 120-mm fans. They show good in practice, CPU temperature is in the upper half of the ranking. But the video card is blown a little worse, a little more heated than most tested chassis. As we said above, lifting the front fan can help, according to our experience.
To measure the noise level, we used the Sound meter Voltcraft SL-400, which is located at a distance of 20 cm from the front of the housing.
Subjectively, the chassis fans do not irritate, but the noise level can not be called quiet. We recommend you to connect the fans to the motherboard, so their speed is changed depending on the temperature.
We measured a maximum height of CPU cooler, and the maximum length of a video card with a tape, as well as the distance between the motherboard tray and the side panel. To measure the thickness of the walls we used a micrometer. We also take into account the data published by the manufacturer. Of course, at the same time we made a certain measurement error. For this reason, we recommend that you consider the values given below for comparison purposes only, and do not take them as the ultimate truth.
The height of the CPU cooler:
Max. CPU cooler height in cm
Our cooler height 15.9 cm theoretically in housing can not be set as Enermax indicated maximum height of 15.2 cm. But the cooler still fit (according to our measurements the maximum height of about 16 cm), so Enermax reinsured. However, the maximum height of the cooler will vary slightly depending on the motherboard / socket.
Along the length of the graphics card are no significant restrictions. Without a front fan, you can set the video card of up to 39 cm – more than enough for long high-end models.
The space between the motherboard tray and to see
Do not be fooled to 2 cm – is given for the ideal case, when the motherboard tray is slightly concave inside, and side panel has a bulge outward. In the worst case, between the tray and the side panel has just a few millimeters. Accordingly, when cabling is necessary to be very careful.
Our measurements confirm the right pane thickness Enermax specification – it is 0.5 mm. But not everywhere the same thickness, the thickness of the window around the steel increased to 0.7 mm.
Enermax Ostrog Lite – the cheapest among the body arrived in our test lab over the past year. In Russia, it has not yet appeared, but its retail price in Europe is about 45 euros (or 40 euros only in the version without fan with LED-backlit). Therefore, we should not expect miracles. Of course, we have logical victims of the thickness of materials and functionality, but in something Midi Tower chassis could surprise us.
To begin with appearance. The front panel is made of plastic, but due to the aluminum finish looks more noble. Tinted acrylic window and translucent LED Apollish fan also added a certain charm, which is usually characteristic for more expensive buildings. However, the thickness of the middle class housings materials typically greater than Ostrog Lite. But housing Enermax Ostrog Lite is very easy. Furthermore, because of the small width Midi Tower body requires not so much space. But our cooler average thickness almost touched the window in the test system, and for laying the cables had to be patient. Complete cable tightening and fastening the Velcro to help a little.
Modern interior allows you to build highly productive system. Enermax declined from 3.5 “rack segment of the motherboard, it is moved to a separate segment, together with the power supply. As for the length of the video should not worry, will fit any model on the market. However, Enermax did not use design capabilities to better support the NWO. You can install only one 120-mm on the rear wall of the heat exchanger. However, the cost housings buyers usually set inexpensive air cooler (or use a boxed cooler). The advantages we assign two pre-installed 120mm fan, which provide decent cooling performance with an acceptable noise level.
housing buyers have to sacrifice not only convenient cabling. The storage trays stand without the aid of a screwdriver set only 3,5 “HDD. To install other formats drives and expansion cards without a screwdriver is not enough. In the dust filter seems twofold. Filter with magnetic mount on the lid is easily removed for cleaning, but before the front fan set longer filter and plastic grille with a large cell. I / O panels are not damaged second port USB 3.0, while the buyer will get three USB ports. The use of dust caps are not too obvious.
In any case, most of these shortcomings are quite typical for the budget category. to which Enermax Ostrog Lite. But if we compare the case with other budget models, then Enermax news still several advantages can be identified. In particular, we were pleased with the modern interior with a separate compartment for the power supply. If you need an inexpensive ATX chassis with a modern interior, and are you willing to accept the limitations, we recommend that you pay attention to Enermax Ostrog Lite.