Enermax Ostrog GT Reviewred454 - May 7, 2013
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Enermax Ostrog GT Closer Look:
I have always liked the combination of red and black, so it is hard not to fall in love with this case. The front is about 215mm wide and has a nice symmetrical black plastic fascia. The front mesh is a fine pitch perforated metal painted black – the outer trim is the same material and painted red. There is a lot of surface area up front and the twin red LED 140mm intake fans (included) make good use of it. Air flows through the black mesh – the red is only decorative.
The Ostrog emblem makes its presence known front and center.
The rear of the case offers 8 expansion slots and a 9th vertical slot off to the side, along with 3 grommeted holes for external water cooling. The power supply mounts at the bottom of the case and there is a 120mm rear fan included. All three of the included case fans use 3 pin connectors.
Now here is one part I like: deep side panels. The left panel has a large smoked plastic window. The window is contoured to closely fit the opening. The window is solid and there are no provisions for mounting any side fans. The right panel is solid and Enermax went the extra distance and made the panel with an offset depth of 32mm which is about 1.25 inches. Finally, there is plenty of room for cable routing. So many times the side panel is so shallow that closing it is like trying to put your pants on the day after Thanksgiving. Not with this case - it is nice to be able to close the panel easily and not mash cables against the back of the motherboard. Both side panels close smoothly with no gaps or uneven bulges. There are two removable thumbscrews that secure each panel to the case frame. I prefer the screws that are retained in the panel, but this feature is not a big deal.
As for the side fans – or should I say, lack thereof – I initially thought this might be an issue for adequate cooling, but I was proven wrong – more on that later. The top of the case is interesting. Toward the back there is a heavy honeycomb mesh that will allow for plenty of air flow. There are mounting provisions for a single 200mm or 230mm fan, two 120mm fans, or two 140mm fans. It will also support a 240mm or 280mm radiator, although I had some difficulties with my Corsair H100. I will talk more about that issue later. Be careful not to put any drinks or small items on top that can spill or fall into the case and cause a nice fireworks display. The bottom of the case has four round feet with soft rubber inserts and allows a 12mm (½”) air gap under the case. If you mount your PSU for air intake from the bottom, there is a removable air filter, although you have to tip the case up to remove the filter for cleaning. There is also a similar removable filter for an optional 120mm bottom fan, but in order to mount the optional fan, you need to relocate the SSD cage, and there are provisions for alternate SSD cage mounting.
A little closer to the front is a small recessed 50mm X 140mm pocket roughly 12mm deep with the ENERMAX logo embossed on the bottom. This area is perfect to store some USB flash drives. Finally there is a bulkhead that has two USB 3.0 ports, a microphone and headphone jack, and then two USB 2.0 ports. The USB ports are easily accessible and are flat on the top of the case. I prefer this mounting position over ports on the front panel face. I am always paranoid about damaging a USB device that is sticking out. However, being on the top, they may be prone to collecting dust and dirt.
Then there is a red LED for HDD activity, and a blue LED for power. The red HDD activity LED is of a nice intensity. As for the blue power LED, let’s just say if you live by the coast, your computer may double as a light house. Ok, I exaggerate, but the blue power LED is rather intense and can be a bit distracting at night – especially if you put your computer in sleep mode. Finally there are the power and reset buttons and a dedicated LED control button for the front fan LEDs. I do like the way the switch for the fan LEDs is a nice distance away from the power and reset buttons. It is not much fun reaching over in the dark to turn on the fan LEDs and get a nice reboot.
The large 140mm front fans are very quiet, even at full speed which is about 1200rpm. I have to say that the front fan LEDs look very nice. The red glow is smooth and really highlights the front of the case in the dark.