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Aerocool DS Cube Case Review

August 11th, 2014 Mike Leave a comment Go to comments

Overview

 

Here at pcG we have a little thing about small scale cases, I mean who wouldn’t want a stupidly powerful Gaming rig in a case that doesn’t take up the majority of the room it lives in?? So far we’ve tested a few of BitFenixs rather phenomenal (Phenom…. Phenomenal…. Terrible I know….) M-ATX cases, but here we have a new contender for the crown! The Aerocool DS Cube (EN52544), which not only looks great, but also tackles the case layout slightly differently to the BitFenix cases. Rather than going for the now traditional vertical mounting for the motherboard, Aerocool have instead gone for the horizontal approach. This does of course makes the case a little wider, but certainly doesn’t make the case any less pleasing on the eye, instead we get a case that can hold a 320mm long GPU, 190mm high CPU cooler, 2 x 3.5″ drives, 2 x 2.5″ drives, enough room for a 240mm radiator in the roof, 200m fan in the front, up to 140mm fan at the back, then there’s the added bonus of two interchangeable top covers included in the box to let you choose from silence or airflow. Pretty good eh?

 

Aerocool Logo ‘Thanks to the rapid development of technology, more smaller, yet faster PC components are available on the market. Aerocool’s DS-Cube, with its elegant appeals and clean design, is the perfect chassis for latest small-form-factor components! Users have the choice between total of nine colour variations: Starting with the most classical color choices such as completely black and white versions, moving on to more fancy colors, such as gold, orange, red, green, blue, pink and a black and white mix. But the choice doesn’t end here: Users are able to choose between Standard and Window models. Furthermore, each of the models is equipped with a removable and exchangeable top-cover, allowing users to switch between the plain-color version for silence mode and a mesh-design version for improved airflow. Solid SGCC steel with a thickness of 0,8 mm provides the necessary sturdiness and reduces the noise-level. Thanks to its compact size, DS-Cube is the perfect companion to attend LAN-Parties!

 

Aercool DS Cube - Box Front Aercool DS Cube - Box Back

 

The Aerocool DS Cube arrived well packaged in a plain brown box with a large depiction of the DS Cube itself, a small Aerocool logo, Dead Silence brand, a long list of features and the Aerocool web address on the front.

The back of the box is pretty much the same, except instead of the features list, we have the case specifications and the slogan ‘Be cool! Be Aerocool!’.

The sides of the box don’t really show a lot. There’s the same feature list and specifications in various languages on one side and a coffee stain on the other (I’ve no idea how that got there.. Honest!), so I’m not going to bother you with those.

 

Aercool DS Cube - Unboxing Aercool DS Cube - Unpacking

 

Opening the box we can see that the Aerocool DS Cube was well packaged in hard foam and covered with a plastic bag. Nothing fancy, but more than enough for the job in hand.

 

Aercool DS Cube - Contents

 

Inside the box is hidden the Cube itself and within that is a user manual, cable ties, case buzzer, USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 adapter and a large blister back of fittings. As you can see in the photo above, the fittings are grouped into individual blisters and labelled. This is both simple, brilliant and something every case manufacturer should be doing.

At the time of review, the Aerocool DS Cube is retailing for approximately £75.41 on Amazon and comes with a 12 month warranty.

 

Specifications/Features

courtesy of Aerocool

  • Super-Silent cube gaming case solidly built with 0.8mm SGCC to block out most of the noise.
  • Leather coated front and top panels with smooth surface finishing.
  • Removable top cover for easy access to Motherboard.
  • Completely removable ODD+FDD rack for ease of installing water cooling system.
  • Supports a complete 240mm water cooling system on the top panel.
  • Patented 3.5″ HDD tray design for ease of installation.
  • Pre-drilled holes for cable management to reduce cable mess.
  • Pre-drilled water cooling holes.
  • Supports internal 3×3.5″HDD and 2×2.5″HDD/SSD.
  • Supports high-end graphic card up to 320mm.
  • Supports max. CPU cooler height of 190mm.
  • Supports max. PSU length of 160mm.
  • Super-silent 20cm fan(600 RPM) and 12cm fan (800RPM) included for front and rear cooling.
  • Supports up to 2x12cm or 2x14cm fans on top panel.
  • Removable PSU dust filter for easy cleaning.
  • Shock-proof rubber for 3.5″ & 2.5″ HDDs and PSU.
  • 2x USB2.0 / 2x USB3.0/ HD Audio & Mic.
  • Interchangeable top cover design. Both plastic top cover (Silence version) and Mesh top cover are included.
Case Type Cube Case
Material 0.8mm SGCC
Motherboards Micro ATX/ Mini ITX
Case Dimensions Chassis only: 265mm (W) x 328mm (H) x 352mm (D)
Overal: 265mm (W) x 411mm (H) x 381mm (D)
Drive Bays External 5.25″ bay x 1
External FDD 3.5″ bay x 1 (can also install 1×3.5″ if no FDD installed)
Internal HDD tray x 2 (for 2.5″ or 3.5″)
Internal HDD rack x 1 (for 2 x 2.5″)
Expansion Slots 4
Max length space available for PCI slots 320mm(350mm -without front fan)
I/O Ports 2 x USB2.0 + 2 x USB3.0 / HD Audio+Mic
Height limit for CPU coolers Support Max. height of 190mm for CPU cooler (200mm – without top fans)

* Additional details available here

 

First Impressions

 

Aercool DS Cube - Angled

 

So now I’ve wrestled the Aerocool DS Cube from it’s cardboard prison and torn off it’s plastic straight jacket, we get to see the Cube in all it’s glory and first impressions are good, very good in fact!

The Aerocool DS Cube comes in a variety of different guises, our particular review sample is a rather cool lime green flavour (ideal for an Nvidia themed build methinks!). Aerocool have given the DS Cube a leather coated front, top panel and skid (fitted feet), why they call it leather I don’t know, it’s actually a very good quality soft touch plastic coating that very nearly rivals that of BitFenix with their own SofTouch, whilst the rear and sides are powder coated black. Maybe it’s because it’s green or maybe of it’s slightly unusual styling, but I think it looks great!

 

Aercool DS Cube - Front Aercool DS Cube - Front Panel Removed

 

Up front we have a mass of lime green leather coated plastic. The front features a rather unusually small Aerocool case logo at the foot, whilst towards the top (and somewhat spoiling the sleek appearance :( ) are pop out covers for an ODD (Optical Disk Drive) and an FDD (Floppy Disk Drive). Around the outside of the green mass you can see a recessed black area. This is vented to allow air through (or around) the front panel.

As you can see with the front panel removed, the front of the Aerocool DS Cube has front mounts for 120mm, 140mm or 200mm fans (200mm included), hence the need for the vents around the front panel. You’ll also notice that both the ODD and FDD drive bays are screwed and not riveted on, which means they can both easily be removed if needs be.

 

Aercool DS Cube - Rear Aercool DS Cube - PSU Dust Filter Aercool DS Cube - Expansion Slots

 

To the rear and we can see the exhaust fan mount, this will accept either a 120mm (included in box) or 140mm fan, to the right of this are two rubber grommets for water cooling, expansion slots, rear IO port, PSU cut out and to the lower left a small honeycomb vented area. I’ve no idea what the vent is actually for, most likely aesthetic, but there are four screws around the outside which attach the 2.5″ drive cage on the opposite side (yep, another removable item).

Beneath the PSU bay is a rather handy dust filter.

Having a slightly closer look at the expansion slots and we can see a total of four. Of course being a case for M-ATX or M-ITX motherboards you will not be needing any more than this, but that’s not what drew my attention. As you can see the PCI slots rely on a clamp retainer instead of the usual thumb screws. Normally I hate these with a passion and end up using thumb screws instead, but Aerocool have put teeth on the clamping plate which means this one actually works! :)

 

Aercool DS Cube - Solid Top Cover Aercool DS Cube - Ventilated Top Cover

Up on the roof as mentioned before, Aerocool have included two different top panels. First up we have the silent variety, this is essentially a large green plug to fill in the gap beneath. It is covered in the same soft touch plastic as the rest of the green areas of the case and gives the case a nice sleek look with flowing lines.

Using the little slider at the back means we can pop the silent panel off and switch it over to the honeycomb ventilated mesh. This panel is very solid and should help airflow to any fans beneath it and features a large air filter that covers it’s entirety. In what to me seems a slightly odd move, Aerocool have seen fit to only include one slider, fair enough it pops out so you can put it in the other panel, but is a small bit of plastic really that expensive you can’t include two???

To the front of the top panel you can clearly see the Aerocool DS Cube features a split case I/O. Personally I think this really compliments the design and makes a nice change to seeing them all bundled in the same place. The left I/O features audio out, mic in, HDD LED, reset and power button (the power button also lights up blue when on). The right I/O has two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 sockets. Keeping in with the flowing design of the front panel, the same side venting runs all the way to the back of the case.

 

Aercool DS Cube - Underneath

 

On the underside we find a large curved skid instead of individual feet, in each of the four corners is also a large rubber pad (once the case is filled with all your Gaming goodies, these pads make sure the Aerocool DS Cube doesn’t move an inch!). Aesthetically this looks pretty good and a little different.

 

Aercool DS Cube - Window Panel Aercool DS Cube - Right Side

 

Over on the left we have a black powder coated panel. This is made of steel and very sturdy with very little flex to it. To the upper portion is a large acrylic window. I’m not going to say this is the best quality window in the world, because it’s not and seems to be a total dust magnet. On the plus side and unlike a lot of case windows out there, it shows the bits of the interior you’ll actually want to see! (No ugly drive racks here ;) ).

The right panel is more or less the same, bar the window of course. Given the test bed style layout of the chassis I’m a little surprised Aerocool haven’t got around to offering an optional windowed panel for this side too? Makes sense in my head and how great would an already good looking case look with a second window and bright LED lighting shining out of it look? :)

 

Aercool DS Cube - Left Panel Off Aercool DS Cube - Motherboard Tray

 

With the side panels removed we can see the incredibly spacious looking interior. Aerocool have thoughtfully powder coated the motherboard tray and all the drive bays the same green as seen on the outside! This makes for a great contrast. Up in the top right are the two removable drivebays. These are both simply attached by screws and easy to remove. To the lower left is the 3.5″ drive cage. This features two quick release drive sleds. Because the motherboard tray is horizontal and the height of the case, the DS Cube supports CPU coolers with a maximum height of 190mm (200mm without the top fans installed).

Taking a closer look at the motherboard tray shows the appropriate mounts for M-ITX motherboards are already fitted with fittings for M-ATX mounts scattered around the tray. To the back of the tray are two cable cut outs, one for either type of motherboard. The CPU cut out seems an odd decision, it’s neither large enough for access to back of the motherboard and the CPU cooler backplate, then when a motherboard is fitted, can’t really be used for PSU cables even if they are flat?

 

Aercool DS Cube - Front 200mm fan Aercool DS Cube - Rear 120mm Fan Aercool DS Cube - Roof Cavity

 

Right at the front of the Aerocool DS Cube lives the 200mm fan. This has a rated speed of 500±10% RPM and a maximum noise of 19.5(dBA), so should be enough to pull in cool air for all those ungodly hot components (here’s looking at you R9 290!) and do so quietly. I have to say I’m a little disappointed that the fan cable is neither braided or sleeved, just a mess of yellow, red and black wires, stranger still it also has a 4 pin molex plug. Hopefully these will be easy enough to hide once the build is together…….

The exhaust fan on the Cube is 120mm and rated at 900±10% RPM with a maximum noise level of 21.5(dBA). It also suffers the same cable issue. Admittedly the fans aren’t a deal breaker, but it’s a little odd Aerocool didn’t choose to include their rather excellent Dead Silence fans? It’s a DS case after all. ;)

With the top panel removed we can see the top of the main chassis. As you can see there are four sets of mounts. Two for 120mm fans and two for 140mm, this also of course means a 240mm (maybe even a 280mm with a squeeze?) radiator can also be mounted here, you would need to remove the top drive bays, but who uses those anyway? Unlike some other M-ATX cases we’ve seen recently, the actual roof cavity is big enough to fit in either a 30mm thick radiator, two 120mm fans, or a 120mm at the front and 140mm (it’s too tight to squeeze one between the I/O panels) at the back. In fact with fans in the cavity, there should even be enough space for a radiator with a second set of fans in push/pull config!

 

Aercool DS Cube - PSU Bay Aercool DS Cube - Drive Sleds Aercool DS Cube - Small Drive Bay

 

To the lower left is the PSU bay. This has four shock absorbing rubber pads to help dampen the noise level from any PSU vibration. Aerocool recommends that your PSU should not exceed 160mm in length, this will most likely not be a problem for most, but if your PSU cables are not very flexible, fixed or even semi modular, could cause a few difficulties given its proximity to the 3.5″ drive cage.

As mentioned previously, the DS Cube features a 3.5″ drive cage with two sleds. These are the same green as the case top and fascia and are of a tool-free design.

Beside the PSU bay is also a removable 2.5″ drive cage. This is also partially of a tool-free design. By that, I mean you have to screw four rubber wheels onto the sides of your chosen 2.5″ drive, to which it then slides into the bay.

 

Hardware Installation

 

  • Test Rig Setup

  • Case Aerocool DS Cube Power Supply Corsair AX760i
    Motherboard Gigabyte G1.Sniper M5 CPU Intel Core i5-4670K
    CPU Cooler Raijintek Themis RAM Kingston HyperX Beast 8GB 2400MHz
    Graphics Card MSI R9 290 GAMING OC Edition SSD Kingston Fury 120GB SSD

     

    So the first order of the day was to remove those little bits I wasn’t planning on using, yep out go the ODD and FDD cages. This is to allow enough space for the MSI R9 290 Gaming 4G to fit in and to hopefully make the cable management a little easier. These are easily removed by unscrewing two screws either side the chassis and four from the front.
    After seeing the CPU cut out on the motherboard tray, it was pretty obvious the Raijintek Themis was going to need fitting to the Gigabyte G1.Sniper M5 prior to installation, so the motherboard, i5-4670K and CPU cooler were all pieced to together before putting them inside the DS Cube. In goes the motherboard I/O shield, in goes the motherboard combo and off comes the top panel. Why you ask? Seems I’ve lost my stubby screwdriver (no it’s not down the back of the sofa……), but without the top panel on you can easily reach inside and screw in anything with a standard size screwdriver. Once the motherboard is fixed into place, I attached all the relevant power cables to the Corsair AX760i PSU and literally squeezed it into place (despite the amount of space shown in the photo, it really is tight). Then in go the Kingston Beast rather nice and easily. It certainly feels a bit odd working on a case this size and being able to access the motherboard from either side or from above. :)

     

    Aerocool DS Cube - Installed - Left Panel Off Aerocool DS Cube - Installed - Roof Aerocool DS Cube - Installed - Right Panel Off

     

    With the potentially hard parts fitted, in go the drives. The HDD simply pins into the drive sled and slides into the 3.5″ bay without a hitch, the rubber rollers fitted to the Kingston Fury 120GB SSD and then slotted into place. The appropriate power and SATA leads connected to the drives (this actually proved to be the most taxing part of the build, I’ve not got the slimmest hands in the world…..). In goes the MSI R9 290 Gaming 4G followed by the unenviable task of cable management………

    To be fair, with a little planning the cable management is actually a lot easier than you’d expect. There are a few cables that for aesthetic reasons I’ve slid under the motherboard tray and across the top of the PSU. This isn’t necessary of course, but do we really want to see a cable trail through the window? Of course to have made this a little bit easier, it would have been nice to have an extra two inches (of cabling!) running from the case I/O panel to help keep it tidier.

    As you can see from the right side, the majority of my cable management skill involves dumping excess cables behind/beneath the motherboard tray, all of a sudden having no window on the right side seems rather sensible. ;)

     

    Aerocool DS Cube - Installed - Left Panel On Aerocool DS Cube - Installed - Installed - Angled

     

    So all in all the Aerocool DS Cube offers a far simpler build than I’d imagined it would, sure there are one or two things that would have made the case a little easier to work with or better to look at, but on the whole it’s one of the nicest cases I’ve had to work with, plus it looks damn good too, but what use is accessibility, ease of build and great looks if the case can’t perform? We best find out!

     

    Testing Methodology/Setup

     

    At pcGameware we use Prime95 and CoreTemp to evaluate CPU temperatures and we use MSI Afterburner to evaluate the GPU temperatures. Of course Prime95 being a CPU stress test also helps to generate heat for us to check the case thermals. We also use UNiGiNE Heaven 4.0 for GPU temperature testing.

    CPU performance testing is carried out using Prime95 to stress the CPU. Each run is timed for 15 mins and the maximum temperature is recorded for all cores and then the average core heat is taken. Testing was carried out at both 3.4GHz (Stock) and at 4.0GHz (via a small manual overclock in the UEFI).

    GPU performance testing is carried out by running UNiGiNE Heaven 4.0 for 15 minutes and then by recording the maximum GPU temperature.

    * All case fans (x2 in the case of the Aerocool DS Cube) and the CPU Cooler (Raijintek Themis) are ran at 100% throughout testing.

     

    Hardware Performance

     

  • CPU RESULTS – BitFenix Neos with Raijintek Themis and Intel I5-4670K @ 3.4GHz(Stock)/3.8GHz(Turbo)
  • Case Ambient Temperature Max CPU Temperature (core average) Delta Temperature
    Cooler Master Cosmos SE 19.00 47.25 28.25
    BitFenix Phenom 20.00 53.50 33.50
    BitFenix Comrade 20.00 63.00 43.00
    Cooler Master HAF XB 26.50 64.25 37.75
    BitFenix Shadow 23.50 64.25 40.75
    BitFenix Collosus M 20.50 64.75 44.25
    BitFenix Neos 24.50 65.00 40.50
    Aerocool DS Cube 25.50 68.75 43.25

     

    Hmmmmm….. Okay, so as shown in the charts and at stock, the Aerocool DS Cube is actually the warmest case we here at pcG have tested so far. So given the amount of space, airflow and the 200mm fan running as an intake what could this be down to? Well it would seem the front panel even despite vents down the side, prevents the big fan from pulling in the air you want to cool the rig. This was proven by pulling the panel off and the temperature dropped a full 5.5C to 63.25c. Of course we wouldn’t want to spoil the DS Cubes looks by leaving the front panel off and besides 68.75C is certainly not going to cook the CPU.

    So what happens when we introduce a small Overclock?

     

  • CPU RESULTS – BitFenix Neos with Raijintek Themis and Intel I5-4670K @ 4.0GHz(via UEFI)
  • Case Ambient Temperature Max CPU Temperature (core average) Delta Temperature
    Cooler Master Cosmos SE 19.50 63.00 43.50
    BitFenix Phenom 21.00 66.50 45.50
    Cooler Master HAF XB 19.50 68.00 48.50
    BitFenix Shadow 24.00 70.25 46.25
    BitFenix Comrade 21.50 74.00 52.50
    Aerocool DS Cube 25.50 74.25 48.75
    BitFenix Neos 26.00 78.25 52.25
    BitFenix Collosus M 22.50 81.25 58.75

     

    I’m not going to lie, with the additional volts running through the CPU I had my fingers crossed and hoped the Aerocool DS Cube might pull off a big surprise. Whilst 74.25C is still not toasty enough to cause any CPU issues, we all like to aim for under 70C. Unsurprisingly removing the front panel once again caused a sharp drop in temperature. This time by 4.5C down to 69.75C. This is of course whilst stress testing with Prime95 and through day to day use your unlikely to reach these temperatures.

     

  • GPU RESULTS – BitFenix Neos with MSI R9 290 GAMING – OC MODE (Core: Core: 1007MHz / Mem: 5000MHz)
  • Case Ambient Temperature Max GPU Temperature Delta Temperature
    Cooler Master Cosmos SE 21.50 86.00 64.50
    Cooler Master HAF XB 27.50 86.00 58.50
    BitFenix Collosus M 21.00 87.00 64.50
    BitFenix Shadow 24.50 94.00 69.50
    BitFenix Comrade 20.00 94.00 74.00
    BitFenix Neos 24.50 94.00 69.50
    BitFenix Phenom 21.00 94.00 73.00
    Aerocool DS Cube 25.50 94.00 68.50

     

    Now we all know the AMD R9 290 is a very hot card and there are few cases that can stop the card from throttling at 94 degrees, and unfortunately neither can the Aerocool DS Cube and that’s even with the front panel off, although it the benchmark did very nearly run to the end without throttling the GPU.

    I suppose what’s really needed is a couple of extra fans in the roof, to see if pulling more cool air in can help the Aerocool DS Cube tame the wildly hot R9 290 and take the edge off the i5 4670k a little…..

    Oh, did I forget to mention Aerocool were nice enough to also send us a couple of 120mm and 140mm Dead Silence fans? ;)

    Guess we best take a look!

     

  • CPU RESULTS – Aerocool DS Cube with Raijintek Themis and Intel I5-4670K @ 3.4GHz(Stock)/3.8GHz(Turbo)
  • Case Ambient Temperature Max CPU Temperature (core average) Delta Temperature
    Aerocool DS Cube (Vent + 2x120mm Roof fans) 24.00 64.75 40.75
    Aerocool DS Cube (Vent) 25.00 65.50 40.50
    Aerocool DS Cube 25.50 68.75 43.25

     

  • CPU RESULTS – Aerocool DS Cube with Raijintek Themis and Intel I5-4670K @ 4.0GHz(via UEFI)
  • Case Ambient Temperature Max CPU Temperature (core average) Delta Temperature
    Aerocool DS Cube (Vent + 2x120mm Roof fans) 25.50 69.50 44.00
    Aerocool DS Cube (Vent) 25.00 72.50 47.50
    Aerocool DS Cube 25.50 74.25 48.75

     

  • GPU RESULTS – BitFenix Neos with MSI R9 290 GAMING – OC MODE (Core: Core: 1007MHz / Mem: 5000MHz)
  • Case Ambient Temperature Max GPU Temperature Delta Temperature
    Aerocool DS Cube (Vent + 2x120mm Roof fans) 23.50 87.00 63.50
    Aerocool DS Cube (Vent) 25.00 92.00 67.00
    Aerocool DS Cube 25.50 94.00 68.50

     

    I purposely chose not to run the new tests with the front panel off, purely because at the end of the day it’s not something you’ll be doing at home.

    So with the additional fans installed we threw our benchmark suite at the DS Cube yet again and what a difference! With the vented top cover and additional fans, the Aerocool DS Cube dropped a full 4C at stock and with the OC down by 4.75C! Whilst that isn’t huge it’s enough to make you notice. The really big gain though is for the GPU, the R9 290 max temperature dropped from its 94C throttle limit down to 87C which makes the world of difference. ;)

     

  • Acoustic Performance
  • With all of the fans at 100% (the setup for testing) the volume is far louder than expected, peaking out at around 62db. This is far more than I’d personally find acceptable. So going back into UEFI, I set them to silent to see what would happen. Whilst running all case fans and the Themis on the lowest setting, the total noise hit a maximum of 44db, which for a brand line called ‘Dead Silence’ is more than ideal. Now you’d expect a big hit on performance and in all honesty so was I, but the MSI R9 290 Gaming 4G wouldn’t go above 92C and the i5 4670k (4.0GHz) hit a maximum of 73.75C (core average). So the GPU is still below it’s throttle limit and can happily run as you’d want it to and the CPU is still running at a reasonable temperature. It’s definitely a trade off I’d be willing to make! ;)

     

    Final Thoughts

     

    The Aerocool DS Cube arrived at pcG with a lot of excitement and a little apprehension (as with all review items from companies that are new to us). Any apprehensions soon disappeared once the box was opened though!

    The DS Cube was packaged in a fairly standard and plain brown box, securely packaged in hard foam and protected by a plastic bag. Once these were removed we got to see the bright lime green Aerocool DS Cube case for the first time and damn does it look good (for those of you out there who don’t like this particular green, the DS Cube is also available in black, white, red, gold, orange, blue or even pink! A little something for everyone. ;) ), Aerocool have even seen fit to cover most of the DS Cube with a high quality leather (soft finish) coating. Popping off both side panels reveals how surprisingly roomy the DS Cube actually is (if Dr Who had a PC case it’d most likely be a DS Cube!), this is mostly down to the horizontal layout of the motherboard tray, but with the way it’s been designed it also allows for CPU coolers with a maximum height of 190mm (200mm without top fans), 320mm graphics card (350mm without front fan) and even allows space for a 240mm radiator (it even allows you to use the roof cavity if your rad is a slim 30mm thick). Better yet the Aerocool DS Cube is very easy to work with. :)

    So the Aerocool DS Cube is a perfect case then? Sadly not. Personally I’d have like to see braided or in the very least sleeved cables throughout, unfortunately as they are, they somewhat cheapen the look of the case, it would have also been nice if the case I/O cables were a little longer to help keep the cable management a little easier and tidier. These are of course small gripes, the big gripe is the actual cooling and airflow of the case straight from the box. The front panel isn’t well ventilated enough to help the 200mm fan feed your hot components the cool air they need whilst with the sleek and silent top cover on. You could remedy this by turning the fan speed right up or even go as far as removing the front panel altogether, but why put up with the additional noise and spoil the look of a great looking case, when you can swap the top panel for the ventilated mesh one (included in box) and throw in a couple of extra fans? By doing this you’ll not only have an incredibly quiet case, but one that can even tame the MSI R9 290 Gaming 4G to below its throttle limit, as well as keeping a moderately overclocked i5 4670K cool enough for everyday use. This to me is what Dead Silence is all about

    For approximately £75.00, the Aerocool DS Cube case in my mind offers fairly good value for money. It offers a sleek design with the additional flair of the awesome lime green leather coated panels, is solidly built and is stupidly easy to build in, it’s also very nice to have a horizontal motherboard layout and a window to show off your GPU of choice. Would i recommend one? If your happy to spend a little extra on a couple of extra fans then yes. Would I buy one? Well I’ve already got one here in front of me! ;)

     

    Verdict

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