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


Your Name in Lights!

Now on to the coolest feature of the 3D Aurora. When powered on the front bezel not only lights up blue but also beams customizable text down just below the front of the case.

Using the simple instructions found on Gigabyte's website a printable transparence and the included extra plastic bracket you can customize the light to display pretty much anything you can print.

Pulling off the front panel we can see the single blue LED that illuminates the front panels as well as a white dust filter which protects the front 120mm intake fan.

As you can see, the included text outline is easily removed and just as easily replaced by the user-customized outline.

I unfortunately don't have any transparency paper on hand at the moment to test the custom text functionality, but I did use the template to print out a template on plain paper just to see how easy it really is.

And no, unfortunately the LED does not penetrate the standard white sheet of paper. If you were really hard up for transparency paper and had a lot of patience you could optionally cut your design out using an Exacto blade and achieve the same result.

Well it would seem that Gigabyte has gone and done it again. Much like their entries into other market segments, the 3D Aurora is a well thought out design with some nice new innovations that are sure to strike a chord with the enthusiast market.

Whether or not you like the look of the case is purely a matter of personal taste. In my opinion Gigabyte has done a fabulous job of mixing functionality with the smooth sleek lines we all enjoy while adding in a little bit of the bling factor without going overboard.

Aside from the PSU installation problem, and the lack of a removable motherboard tray (something that is unfortunately rarely seen anymore), there isn't a whole lot negative that can be said about the 3D Aurora. My only other beef would be that priced at around $140 with no PSU included it is a tad more expensive than similar competing cases.

That being said, if the design appeals to you, you have an external water cooling solution, and you can think of over a dozen things already you want to display in the front bezel light, I have absolutely no problem recommending this case.

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  • Customizable Front Bezel Text
  • All Aluminum Construction
  • Very Sturdy Front Door with Magnetic Closure
  • Almost Completely Tool Less
  • Dual Tube Outlets for Water Coolers
  • 3 Quiet 120MM Fans

  • PSU Installation Hassle
  • Relatively High Priced?