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Reviewed by: Trevor Flynn [03.07.07]
Manufactured by: Gigabyte



Internally there wasn't a lot that was wrong with the previous version of the Aurora case and as a result, things look strikingly similar with the side panel removed.

The 5.25 inch bays use a permanent sliding plastic retention mechanism to hold drives securely in place. To lock drives in place you simply have to insert the drive into the bay and then push the corresponding slide forward.  The unit then locks into place by pushing a small sliding button downward.

I personally prefer this type of retention mechanism to drive rails because it is permanently attached to the case.  There's nothing worse than trying to find where you stuck that box of drive rails six months down the line when you decide to install a second media drive. 

The big downfall of these type of mechanism is that they don't always work with every type of 5.25 drive bay device, especially those that don't extend very far back into the case.  This can be an issue as well with drive rails however. If you have any type of fanbus adapters you might want to check compatibility before deciding on this case.

In terms of 3.5 inch bay support there are two external bays that use the same retention mechanism as the 5.25 inch bays as well as a side facing drive cage which can house up 6 hard drives.

These drives are secured using black drive rails as depicted below. The rails are the style that just clip on and not the screw on type which keeps with the overall tool-less design of the case.

The Aurora 570 has three included 120mm fans, all which are blue LED equipped. There is a single drive at the front behind the hard drive cage that is dust filtered as well as dual exhaust 120mm fans at the back.

The front 120mm fan is unfortunately blocked almost completely by the hard drive cage, however having the additional 120mm fan at the rear will help to draw cool air both through the front and through the side of the case if you have the mesh panel installed.

The PCI retention mechanism is the same as it was in the previous case and is definitely a favorite of mine. The simply flip down and lock mechanism makes inserting and removing add on cards an easy task and won't break off like the cheap plastic clips found in other case designs.

The downfall of this type of mechanism however is that to in order to replace one card, all have to be unsecured which might be an issue if you have a rear bracket that that is not attached to any slot, and you are trying to insert/remove cards while the case is standing upright.

Additionally I have had some issues with some larger video cards who's PCB is taller than the top of the PCI bracket itself.  In these cases you have the option of removing the retention mechanism and using good old fashioned screws.

Surprisingly Roomy

The biggest changes Gigabyte made with the introduction of the 570 case was the extension of the chassis itself an additional 10% over the original. Where the original 3D Aurora was roomy, the 570 version is downright airy.

Why would anyone need all that space you ask? I refer that question to anyone who has attempted to set up an internal watercooling system in a micro ATX tower. The board installed in the photo above is full ATX and there is still tons of room all the way around the outside edges. Couple that with included cable clamps and there is plenty of room for any type of internal cooling setup.

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