Chieftec AEGIS Full Tower ReviewPropane - February 1, 2009
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The case, which is covered in a protective plastic bag as well as foam, gave me some trouble when I was trying to get it out. I finally got it and got the protective packaging off. The case that Chieftec sent me was the black version. This version of the AEGIS has mesh-covered openings on the side and front that allow both light and air to pass through. The unfortunate thing about letting air through, however, is that the dust comes with it. Of course, this is the same with all other cases. The other side of the case has three places to mount fans, but tragically no fans are included with the case; you will need to make that purchase for increased cooling performance.
The front of the case has two doors that open separately from each other and are split by the IO panel, which is available regardless of the doors' positions. The back of the case is pretty standard, with expansion slots along the bottom, the opening for the motherboard IO above it, and room for the power supply towards the top. There is also room for a 120mm fan, if you choose to place one there.
Front panel connectivity is pretty much standard fare nowadays and the AEGIS is no exception, featuring two USB 2.0 ports, a single 1394 Firewire port and jacks for a microphone and set of headphones if you choose to hook them up. The front LEDs include one for power and one for HDD activity. The power switch and reset switch are located on the left side of the panel.
The top of the case is very standard with nothing out of the normal; just a flat surface. The bottom is also pretty standard, but this case comes with four feet that can be rotated out for added stability.