Rajintek Agos Case Review
Raijintek are perhaps a name that not all of you are familiar with and that’s not really surprising as they only formed in 2013. Formed of ex-employees from the likes of Cooler Master and Xigmatek, Raijintek hit the ground running with a string of successful and inexpensive CPU coolers (we even use the Raijintek Themis in the pcG Test Rig), followed by a GPU cooler and now PC cases. With their inventory increasing at a hasty pace, Raijintek are certainly making an impact, with watercooling and PSUs on the way are set to become a name you will remember! However we’re not here to talk about that today, but in fact their new chassis, the Raijintek Agos (0R200001). Which should be interesting as not only is it a new chassis for Raijintek, but also their first.
So what do we know about the Agos so far? Well the Raijintek case is of the mid-tower variety and features an elegant design to help aid airflow, a removable HDD cage with six tool-free drive sleds, a USB 3.0 super speed port, dust filters, enough space to mount a 240mm radiator in the roof, support for air coolers up to 165mm in height and graphics cards to a massive 410mm. Sounds pretty good so far, but the real kicker is that the Agos retails for less than £50.00!
|AGOS – RAIJINTEK’s new Midi Tower Chassis. RAIJINTEK proudly presents the first chassis with latest development in cooperation with German Designers and engineers. Pure Innovation meets classic black design, combined with high airflow through big mesh intake (dust filters available) in the front panel and water cooling support (on the top panel). Elegance in combination of special technical features, such as complete tool free designs, extreme expansion, moveable HDD Cages, complete black and white coating, an unbelievable price and a rigid chassis quality.|
As seems more and more common these days, the Raijintek Agos arrived at pcG in an eco friendly brown cardboard box. The front of which shows a large and dark imposing image of the case inside with some geometric architecture in the background. We also have the Rijintek name and logo, case name and a long list of case features.
Over on the back and we see a slightly odd shaped Agos, a brief introduction from Raijintek and the case specifications.
Hiding within the box we find the Agos well packaged in a large plastic bag and sandwiched between two moulded styrofoam blocks.
The accessories pack within the Agos seems sensibly streamlined. Instead of hundreds of screws for each and every item within the case, we have some long screws for an additional front mounted fan, some PSU screws and the same screws for everything else. In addition to these are cable ties, motherboard alarm, installation guide and two dust filters. What’s nice about the filters is they are magnetic.
courtesy of Raijintek
|Product Name||AGOS / AGOS WHITE|
|Product Number||0R200001 / 0R200003|
|Dimension [WxDxH]||200x460x490 mm|
|Weight||5.9 kg [N.W.] 7.8 kg [G.W.]|
|Colour||Matt Black / White|
|M/B Support||ATX, MicroATX|
|Drive Bay||External 5.25″ [Tool-Free] *3
Internal 3.5″ [Removeable, Tool-Free] or 2.5″ *6 [Removeable]
|Expansion Slot||PCI Slots [Tool-Free] *7|
|I/O Panel||USB3.0*1, USB2.0*1, HD Audio*1|
|Power Supply||PS/2 [Internal Bottom-mount]|
|Cooling System||Water Pipe Holes *2
Front Fan: 120mm*1pcs [pre-installed] ; 2pcs [option]
Rear Fan: 120mm*1pcs [pre-installed]
Top Fan: 140mm*2 or 240mm radiator [option]
Bottom Fan: 120mm*1 [option]
Left and right side Fan: 120mm*2 or 140mm*2 [option]
|CPU Cooler Height||160mm [Max.]|
|Graphic Card Length||290mm [with HDD cage]; 410mm [without HDD cage]|
|Side Panel Style||Flat|
Hmmmm… Straight away I must admit I’m a little surprised. The Raijintek Agos build quality is higher than I expected (not because it’s their first PC case, but because of its price band). Everything looks well finished and the chassis seems solid enough, we best take a closer look.
From the front we can see the front of the Agos is dominated by a large piece of rigid mesh with a coin-like Raijintek logo towards the bottom, whilst the front panel itself is made from a hard black plastic. At the top we have three removable 5.25 covers and just beside those and to the right is the front I/O panel. The panel consists of HDD and power LED, power on/off, reset, USB 2.0, audio and a high speed USB 3.0 port. So a little basic perhaps, but will certainly cover your basic needs. Looking down the left, right and bottom of the panel shows three hollowed out areas, these aren’t just for show as they also feature holes in order to help aid the Agos airflow.
Switching to the back and we can clearly see the motherboard I/O port, seven expansion gates, PSU bay, two rubber grommeted ports for water cooling and the rear of the 120mm fan (pre-fitted). You may have also noticed a small plastic handle, this is to help you remove the side panel.
From above we can see the roof fan area clearly. The Agos has enough space for two 140mm or two 120mm fans. One minor disappointment is the amount of flex around the fan area (of course I’ve seen the same in cases four times the price!).
While underneath we can see a moulded pull handle for the front panel, four oversized plastic feet with foam anti-slip pads and a large narrow dust filter covering the PSU air intake and floor fan mount.
To the rear of the left panel is a large meshed are which features enough space to mount two 140mm or two 120mm fans. The right panel is featureless and both panels are fixed on with thumb screws.
One surprise for me here, is that although both side panels are flat with no toughening structure, they are both very rigid and have very little in the way of flex.
With the panel off we can see the Agos finished in the same black powder coating as the outside and is surprisingly roomy. There’s a huge oversized cut-out to help mounting your CPU cooler, three rubber grommeted cable cut-outs, rather nicely all the stand-offs are also pre-fitted then to the right something a little more interesting. At the top are three tool-less 5.25 ODD bays and beneath them two HDD drive bays with three drive sleds per bay. The interesting bit here is the middle HDD cage is easily removable by means of a couple of thumb screws. This is not something I’d expect from a case in the £50.00 price range.
Behind the motherboard tray shows the Agos has plenty of cable tie mounts to help with cable management and shows that although the rubber grommets in the cable cut-outs are of great quality, they look a little smaller than you’d probably want, especially the one nearest the PSU. Nonetheless, it’s nice flat and tidy and your unlikely to snag any cables during installation.
Taking a closer look on the Agos interior and towards the roof section, clearly shows a large fan grill large enough for two 140mm or two 120mm fans. Which also means we can squeeze in a 240mm radiator for an AIO or custom water loop, bad news for anyone thinking that because you can fit two 140mm fans in, that you’ll be squeezing in a 280mm radiator. Going for the larger rad will bring it very close to the motherboard and make fitting the fans impossible. Something not shown in the photo (soz, I forgot…), is that Raijintek have included two magnetic fan filters with the Agos. One for the roof and one for the side panel.
Looking at the floor shows there are four anti-vibration rubber mounts for the PSU and to the right another 120mm fan mount.
The exhaust included with the Raijintek Agos is a 120mm PWM 1000/1500 RPM fan with a noise level of 24.53dBa. This should help dispel all the hot air build up and do so quietly.
Opening up the front reveals that the 5.25″ bays are open with no dividers between bays, this with the removal of the middle HDD cage could be a great potential for any modders out there. There are also two 120mm fan mounts (one fan pre-installed), both of which require long screws to fit the fans. On the inside of the front panel we can clearly see that all off the mesh is fitted with dust filters.
Despite there being plenty of cable tie points liberally scattered around the Agos, the actual spare only allows 14mm clearance. For many PSU this won’t be a problem, but for any with chunky cables or a non-modular variety, this could pose an issue.
The Raijintek Agos features a total of six tool-free HDD sleds, or so they say… They are tool-free for any 3.5″ HDD which simply just click in to place, but for 2.5″ HDD or SSD you’ll still have to screw them I’m afraid. What I am impressed with here is the quality and style of the sleds themselves. They offer very little in the way of flex and feel solid, but the cool thing about them is the big bumper at the front with the Raijintek name and logo moulded on the front.
|Case||Raijintek Themis||Power Supply||Corsair AX760i|
|Motherboard||MSI Z87 G45 GAMING||CPU||Intel Core i7-4670K|
|CPU Cooler||Raijintek Themis||RAM||Kingston HyperX Beast 8GB 2400MHz|
|Graphics Card||MSI R9 290 GAMING OC Edition||SSD||Kingston Fury 120GB SSD|
The install of the Test Rig components into the Raijintek Agos was incredibly easy. to a point… First up was the nice an easy tool-free (partially) installation of the test HDD and SSD, the HDD simply clips in whilst the SSD needed to be fixed with screws. These were then slotted into place and left until the wiring up stage. My second job was to install the Corsair AX760i power supply attach the necessary cables and feed them through to there intended locations, which I found easier threading through in reverse because the PSU ATX plugs are smaller and easier to squeeze through the rubber grommets. Next the I/O shield for the MSI Z87 G45 GAMING motherboard, then the motherboard assembly itself (MB, CPU, RAM & CPU Cooler). In go the SATA3 cables from motherboard to HDD and SSD, motherboard ATX cables are then plugged in. The front panel I/O cables are up next and this is where I hit a slight snag… The HD Audio cable is plenty long enough, as are the USB cables, but to make life a little easier the rest of the front panel cables could have been at least an inch longer (the Z87-G45 front panel header is not far off the middle of the bottom run of headers, so many other motherboards will not suffer this issue). In goes the MSI R9 290 GAMING 4G graphics card will plenty of space available, even with the top dive caged installed, then because I’ve got some headset tests coming up the Creative SoundBlaster Zx (also perhaps because I’m lazy 😉 ). In go the remaining power cables and on go the panels.
Ok, so the last part wasn’t that simple. Because the AX760i power cables, especially the 24pin ATX lead are very thick, the right panel was not easy to get back on at all, forcing me to actually tidy the cables up (not my most favourite job in the world…), even then it was pretty tight.
So now it’s all together and looking good, we’ll get some benchmarks in!
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 4.0GHz courtesy of MSI OC Genie with a CPU Core voltage of 1.2 volts.
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 Raijintek Agos) and the CPU Cooler (Raijintek Themis) are run at 100% throughout testing.
|Case||Ambient Temperature||Max CPU Temperature (core average)||Delta Temperature|
|BitFenix Shinobi XL||22.50||65.00||42.50|
|Cooler Master Cosmos SE||19.50||63.00||43.50|
|Cooler Master HAF XB||19.50||68.00||48.50|
|Aerocool DS Cube||25.50||74.25||48.75|
Ok, so the Raijintek Agos isn’t the best case we’ve tested when cooling an i5-4670k with a small overclock of 4.0GHz, but with a maximum CPU temperature of 79.00C and a Delta of 54.00C it could certainly be a lot worse. The most obvious remedy for this would be to add additional fans to any of the spare mounts or perhaps even install some watercooling in the form of an AIO with a 240mm radiator?
|Case||Ambient Temperature||Max GPU Temperature||Delta Temperature|
|Cooler Master HAF XB||27.50||86.00||58.50|
|BitFenix Shinobi XL||22.50||81.00||58.50|
|Cooler Master Cosmos SE||21.50||86.00||64.50|
|Aerocool DS Cube||25.50||94.00||68.50|
We use the AMD R9 290 as we know it’s one hot GPU, but the Raijintek Agos with it’s single 120mm fan in the front provides enough airflow to help keep it under control and prevent it from throttling during the Heaven benchmark. Of course with a maximum temperature of 87.00C and 66.00C Delta, I’d not want to push the card any further as it’s very easy to hit the 94C throttle limit with just a tiny voltage increase. Perhaps additional fans would help to keep this in check? Of course for now, its out of the box performance does the job required anyway.
Another surprise for me with the Agos, was the case acoustics. Sure, from stock you receive just the two 120mm fans (1x exhaust 1x front intake), but even at full speed the case dampens the sound well with a maximum noise of 36dB. Which is pretty quiet considering there’s no special sound proofing of any kind installed in any of the panels. Of course if that’s too loud for you, why not drop the fan speeds to their lowest? This only produces 32dB and whilst only 4dB may seem a small difference, you can certainly hear it.
Being the very first PC case in their product line-up, you could be forgiven for expecting the Raijintek Agos to turn out being a bit of a dud, perhaps even more so given its sub £50.00 price tag, but how does it really perform?
The Raijintek Agos arrived simply packaged in an eco-friendly brown box with ample styrofoam to help protect the case inside. Once out of the box we find a simple but elegant black box measuring 200(W) x 460(D) x 490(H) mm and weighing 5.9kg. Given the price bracket of the case I’ll admit I wasn’t expecting the Agos to have the best build quality in the world, but it surprised me and certainly is pretty good. The only real gripe being the slight flex on the roof fan grill (of course this we’ve seen on far more expensive cases too). All of the paintwork is again good, with a powder coated black exterior and matching interior. The black front panel matches the case colour well, is very sturdily made from a hard plastic and I rather like the ‘Special Automotive Intake Air Design for Superior Airflow’ design.
Inside the Agos surprised me further. It features a huge oversized CPU cut-out, high quality rubber grommets (which also don’t fall out!) and pre-installed stand-offs (simple things eh?) on the motherboard tray. For ODD we it has three well spaced and tool-free 5.25″ bays and for HDD two drive cages with three drive sleds apiece. The middle drive bay is even easily removable via two thumb screws, which I don’t believe I’ve seen in this price range before. Getting back to the drive sleds, they rate as some of the best I’ve come across. They are solidly made with very little flex and I like the large bumper on the fronts with the Raijintek detailing. All of which makes the Agos a nice and easy case to build inside.
The Agos also provides the end user with a good degree of flexibility in the cooling stakes. With a pre-installed 120mm rear exhaust fan, there are also 2x 120mm front (1x pre-installed), 1x 120mm floor, 2x 140/120mm roof and 2x 140/120mm panel fan mounts. There’s even enough space up top for a 240mm radiator!
So it sounds pretty good doesn’t it, but at less than £50.00 there’s got to be something wrong with it surely? Well not massively no. Behind the motherboard tray allows us 14mm working space for cable management, but plenty of tie off points. This means it’s easy to keep the cables all neat and tidy unless you have fairly thick cables like in our Corsair AX760i test PSU. This could also cause issues for anyone with a non-modular PSU.
Then we have the case performance. The Agos is one of the warmest cases we’ve seen at pcG where the CPU benchmark is in play. The Prime95 stress test pushes the i5-4670k (4.0GHz OC) up to 79.00C with a Delta of 54.00C, which is also nothing to really worry about in the grander scheme of things. The Raijintek case does however temper the heat from our rather warm test GPU with a maximum heat of 87.00C (66.00C Delta) on the MSI R9 290 GAMING 4G. This is more relevant of course, as we all know how much more important it is to keep your GPU cool. 😉
So Raijintek have surprised with the Agos. It’s a well made, well featured mid-tower case and for less than £50.00, it is one of the best reasonably priced cases we’ve seen here at pcG.
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