Aerocool XPredator X1 Evil Black Edition Case ReviewWaco - October 24, 2012
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Ripping the packaging out of the way reveals a fairly simple design with some nice orange accents. The entire front panel of the case is composed of black steel mesh accented by a few pieces of orange painted steel mesh. The top of the case has a control panel with a fan controller knob, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, and headphone/microphone ports. The look is quite aggressive and looks prepared to cool your toasty components.
Spinning around to the back side of the case you can see that everything is pretty standard fare here. Since this case is pretty small the mounting points for the expansion slots are actually outside the case. There are a few ports for water cooling tubing to slip out above the rear 120mm orange exhaust fan but I have the feeling with such a small case you won't likely be cramming any water cooling components into any build using it. Take note here of the tight clearances between the motherboard I/O panel and the left panel of the case. There doesn't look to be anything more than minimal room here so I wouldn't expect a whole lot of room to hide cables behind the motherboard tray.
The sides of the Aerocool XPredator X1 Evil Black Edition are essentially mirror images of each other minus the differences in the fan mounts. The "front" side panel has mounting points for dual 120mm fans while the backside has a nice vented portion to release heat from the backside of the CPU socket. The bumped out portions of the panels aren't very deep and add minimal width to the case. With this case being so slim you'll want to double-check your chosen heatsink height to make sure it'll actually fit, especially if you plan on adding 120mm fans to the side panel.
Overall I mostly like the looks of this case. The slim width might limit the use of massive heatsinks but other than that I like the somewhat understated accents in orange as well as the small stature and light weight. Perhaps this case would make a good LAN rig? Move on to the next page to see the guts of the XPredator X1!