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Reviewed by: Trevor Flynn [10.03.05]
Manufactured by: Gigabyte


Easily De-Railed

The hard drive rails are kept in the little black plastic toolbox that can of course be stored inside the bottom part of the drive bay as long as you don't mind blocking off the front intake fan. The toolbox also contains all the required screws as well as a three more cable clips to help with further cable management.

As you can see, the hard drive rails are completely tool less and make installing/removing 3.5 inch drives a quick two second job. The only issue with these type of rails can arise if you have some sort of non-standard 3.5 inch device. Gigabyte has wisely circumvented this issue by using the push and click plastic rail mechanism for the two exposed 3.5inch drive bays that can handle even non-standard device sizes.


The 3D Aurora uses the same flip down PCI bracket retention mechanism we saw on the Nemesis Elite.

Simple and secure.  We loved it then, and we love it again now.

Just above the expansion slots we find a water coolers dream in dual tube outlets.

The pie cut flaps allow for a variety of tubing sizes to be routed safely out to an external radiator. The output location just above the expansion slots is a much more convenient location than the typical PCI bracket solution and should be compatible with the majority of external water cooling solutions on the market.

Again with an eye to cable management, Gigabyte has sheathed the front panel port headers for your convenience. In case your motherboard has non-standard Firewire headers the 3D Aurora comes with an adapter that allows you to connect to any of the three different pin layouts.

Underneath the case we find the standard Antec-esque retractable feet with can be pulled out for added stability.

Finally, before we leave the interior, a slight annoyance. Across the top part of the case along both sides there is a thin stability bar. To this bar Gigabyte added a small round "shelf" to aid with cable management along the backside of the bar. The only problem is that the same shelf blocks the easy insertion of a standard PSU unit as seen below.

The fix was simply to remove the bar by unscrewing four screws and then replacing it once the PSU was installed. Though admittedly a simple workaround, this extra step takes away from any tool less claim the case might have otherwise been able to make.

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