Raijintek Asterion Classic – a big case with beautiful and elegant design at an affordable price. Additive Classic hints that the design does not become obsolete over time. But whether Raijintek be able to compete with the same high-end aluminum enclosures Lian Li?
If you need a large aluminum housing is still logical option it has products Lian Li. But recently, the Taiwanese company is experiencing increasing competition from all sides. If the In Win is trying to establish itself as a premium alternative to another, the same body Jonsbo focused on the optimal price / performance ratio. Raijintek The company also boasts a decent experience in the production of aluminum enclosures. At the end of 2014, we tested the Metis housing, stylish, colorful and inexpensive model mini-ITX.
Raijintek Asterion Classic belongs to a completely different weight class E-ATX. The housing is designed to be a classic basis for setting high-end components. Externally, the body draws attention to the surfaces of brushed aluminum and dark side panels of tempered glass. However, the first impression is deceptive. Unlike typical buildings Lian Li, Raijintek Asterion Classic is not completely aluminum model, he also uses steel and plastic. What affects the weight. Even large body Lian Li usually weigh less than 10 kg, at Raijintek Asterion Classic weighs 14.5 kg.
On the other hand, the steel frame provides greater strength, and price should be smaller. In Russia, housing Raijintek Raijintek Asterion Classic has not yet appeared in Europe, the price is 149,90 euros – it can be called moderate. At least for the E-ATX casing with aluminum and glass.
The package includes only the most necessary accessories. However Asterion Classic you get a user’s manual, installation of accessories, PC speaker and point two cable tightening.
Choosing colors Raijintek Asterion Classic can be called a classic. Housing E-ATX can probresti in black or silver options. There are no elements in angular design not all lines are also quite classical. Raijintek decided to choose a harmonious design with rounded edges.
In appearance dominated tinted glass panels on both sides and a textured aluminum. The front housing is completely closed. There is no optical drive tray, or air vents. Is that installed a large on / off button and the manufacturer’s logo.
Simple but effective: silver bezel surrounds and the power button, and the entire front panel.
Most of the cover takes the grid covering the mounting optional fans. For the metal mesh installed plastic. This composition of materials designed to better catch the dust, but still it does not work as effectively as a conventional fabric filter with a thin cell. The filter can be removed, if you squeeze the hooks inside the case. In front of the cover is installed I / O panel on which there are four USB 3.0 ports and two audio connectors. However, the new interface USB 3.1 Type C is not provided.
Dark tinted glass panel on the right came at an opportune moment – she concealed cables are of the motherboard tray. But Raijintek heavily tinted glass panels on both sides of the body. Therefore, for the left panel interior emerges only contours. Of course, many users probably would like to demonstrate more effectively the system components. Unfortunately, in this case, the glass panels reflect more light than is passed. Warning labels can be removed. But when they have to remove the adhesive residue.
Two glass side panels are attached to the Raijintek Asterion Classic four thumbscrews. Another four thumbscrews hold the panel ATX PSU mount. The power supply can not be installed on the side – it should be bolted to the panel, and then retract into the housing Raijintek Asterion Classic behind. Above the power supply is available for up to eight expansion slots and four holes for laying pipes CBO. There is also mounting that allows you to set the fan to 140 mm format. But Raijintek nominally established a 120-mm fan.
E-ATX housing is mounted on four rubber feet unassuming. The manufacturer provided a dust filter for the front fan, as well as for power supply. But filters are bolted to the body, so you have to make some effort to clean them.
Raijintek Asterion Classic combines a classic design with a modern interior. Unified storage rack is not provided, it will not interfere with long graphics cards or frontal heat exchanger CBO. The power supply unit is hidden under separate cover, there is only one-hour drive.
Interestingly, the drives can also be installed directly on top of the casing. Suffice screws to fasten the rubber ring bottom 2.5 “drives (supported by two) or 3,5” HDD (supported by one), then they are simply inserted into the corresponding holes and are moved for fixation. Expansion cards are fastened by conventional cross head screws, remove the pre-installed plug.
Two 140-mm and three 120 mm fans can be installed behind the front panel. But Raijintek installed two 120-mm fans. Unfortunately, the flow of fresh air to the fans to provide a problem. Front panel of housing solid, side air vents completely cover the two glass side panels. There remain only the vents on the bottom of the case. It will be interesting to see how this will affect the design of the cooling performance. In fact, behind the front panel, you can set 280 or 360-mm coil. Between the front panel and the housing PSU segment is composed of about 7 cm distance between the lid and the upper end of the motherboard slightly less -. About 6.5 cm in the rest of the possibilities under the hood and front the same installation of heat exchangers and fans..
The motherboard tray cut-out is provided for the CPU cooler installation, and two pairs of large holes for laying cables – one pair for ATX motherboards, the second – for E-ATX. Two 2.5 “drive can be attached directly to the tray.
The small Raijintek Asterion Classic s rack enclosure can install two 2.5 “or 3.5” drive. The drives are screwed to the trays, in the case of 3,5 “HDD vibration isolation is provided by silicone gaskets. The front segment and the PSU enclosure bolted to the chassis with screws.
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.
We had concerns about the limited fresh air flow to the front fans. But Raijintek Asterion Classic showed acceptable cooling performance. CPU temperatures were in the mid-level, GPU heated a little harder. Overall, the result was below average.
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.
At the front cover has advantages, particularly in terms of noise. The work of three 120-mm fans could be heard, but the noise level remained tolerable.
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.
As a large body of E-ATX, Raijintek Asterion Classic offers ample opportunity to install the components. For example, CPU cooler virtually no restrictions, fit almost all retail models on the market up to 18 cm.
Raijintek indicates the maximum length of video cards up to 34 cm. We measured the distance of more than 40 cm to the front of the fan. In any case, you can install almost any card on the market.
With cabling problems have arisen, the distance between the motherboard tray and the side panel is 2.3 cm.
Two glass side panels have decent thickness of about 4 mm.
Raijintek called Asterion Classic in honor of the star – the beta of the Dog, a yellow dwarf, to be exact. But the dwarf body E-ATX will not name. Additive Classic no longer corresponds to reality. The body really has a classic design that will not become outdated over time. The combination of brushed aluminum and tinted glass panels only emphasizes the impression.
Classic Design Raijintek Asterion Classic hints at an appropriate interior. However, the interior Raijintek, by contrast, looks modern and neat. Raijintek refused solid rack drives and optical drive bay. In case there are several fasteners for installation of 2.5 “and 3.5” drives in different places. Cabling system can also be called convincing. Is that drives and expansion cards have to fasten conventional screws. We do not really like the dust filter at the bottom of the case, as they have to unscrew for cleaning – not the most user friendly option.
The case allows you to set a long graphics card coolers and high CPU. The ability to install heat exchangers and fans too much. Producer allows you to choose the format of 120 or 140 mm, under the cover and the front panel can be installed radiators NWO format to 280 or 360 mm. Between the front panel and the casing segment PD and also between the housing cover and the upper end of the motherboard leave enough distance for installation of heat exchangers CBO thick. Raijintek nominally equipped housing three fans, but they all relate to the format of 120 mm. But there are drawbacks: the solid front panel, side air vents are not available, so the front air fans only get through the vents on the bottom of the case. However, our test system cooling performance is sufficient. The noise level of the three fans remained quite low.
Rate quality / price ratio in Raijintek Asterion Classic is not so easy. Externally, the body seems to be made entirely of glass and aluminum, but is actually a steel frame housing. What allowed Raijintek lower price tag as compared to comparable buildings Lian Li. Of course, you can purchase an alternative to PC-100 E-ATX format from Lian Li. Fully aluminum housing would cost about the same price as the Raijintek Asterion Classic, but its design will not please everyone. And from the tinted glass will have to be abandoned. Another option may be called 509 In Win with many windows. In this model, E-ATX manufacturer installed the glass in the front and on the left. The case design In Win 509 can not be called a classic, it is a modern and futuristic, with both inside and outside. It will cost a competitor In Win 185 euros. Another alternative – BitFenix Shogun LED-backlit SSD bays. Heavy body E-ATX boasts a nice design and a versatile interior. The mixture of materials is identical Raijintek Asterion Classic, but BitFenix chose more aluminum than Raijintek.
If you need an E-ATX chassis with a classic design and modern interior, pay attention to novelty Raijintek. But the potential for improvement too, so let’s hope that in the future the manufacturer will release an improved version.