Chieftec AEGIS Mid Tower ReviewPropane - January 20, 2009
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While the case itself looks solid, there are also many small details that show up once the case gets opened up. While this case actually has less gadgets on the inside, sometimes simplicity is key. The first thing I will show you here is the inside of the case. This case supports all ATX and E-ATX motherboards, so there are plenty of places to put your standoffs. If you have really good eyes, you might be able to see the labeling in the picture, but if you cant, all that the labeling involves is a small letter which is engraved next to the whole. It shouldn't be too hard to figure out which holes correspond to your motherboard.
Next, I'll take a look at the drive bays. Again, there are three external 5.25" drive bays, as well as one 3.5" external drive bay. Additionally, on the inside there are six 3.5" drive bays. These are pretty standard drive bay slots, this case gives you the ability to install two fans to allow for extra hard drive cooling. However, the case came with no extra fans, so I will not be testing it with any.
Now, if you paid close attention to the features part of the review, you might remember a little bit being on there about screwless design. Well, for both the hard drive bays and optical drive bays, Chieftec came up with a system that allows you to not need to screw anything down. Instead of having screws with threads, brackets with studs using a knurled surface are included. All you need to do with these is push them into the holes on your respective device, and you are done! Pretty slick and a lot faster than having to take the time to screw in up to four screws per device.
One final neat features that the AEGIS sports is the screwless expansion slot solution. Where the screws normally go there is instead a piece of metal that snaps into place. This seems like a great idea and I was excited to try it out, but with my two slot video card, I was no longer able to snap the bracket into place. However, Chieftec still drilled places to put screws so I ended up screwing my PCI devices in.