Chieftec AEGIS Mid Tower ReviewPropane - January 20, 2009
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The case, which was protected with foam, comes out easily. Chieftec sent me the black version of the case, which I am assuming is identical to the silver version except in color. The removable side of the case has a large mesh window that allows you to see inside the case, as well as air flow. This unfortunately means that if I used the case for an extended period of time, I would probably get a lot of dust inside as there is no filter over the mesh. The reverse side has openings to allow for two 80mm fans that blow over the hard drive cage area, as well as the front I/O ports.
The front of the case has a door, sporting the same mesh material as the side of the case. The back, which is a lot busier than the front, has seven expansion slots, the I/O block for your motherboard, the opening for a power supply, and a hole for a 120mm fan. For a case of this size, that is pretty standard.
The top and bottom of the case are pretty normal. Just flat, and the bottom has black "feet" that can be rotated in case you want them angled differently. This is kind of nice, because it allows me to use the top of the case as a small table surface that I can store things on.
To get to the optical drives or any addons that go into a 5.25" drive bay is as easy as swinging the door that is on the front of the case open. Here there are several different things, including three 5.25" drive bays, one 3.5" drive bay, power and reset switches, and a power and hard drive activity LED.