Some designs are so ingrained in our heads that it is hard for us to think about it in other terms. For example, if you were asked to draw a sports car, you would probably draw something resembling a Ferrari. Likewise if you were asked to draw a house, many people would draw a box with two windows, a door and a triangular roof with maybe a chimney billowing smoke.
If you were asked to draw a computer chassis, chances are you would draw a rectangular block. Even chassis that are deemed “unusual” like the Thermaltake Level 10, have the same rectangular, blockish design like so many other chassis. The Aerocool Strike-X Air, however, is very different.
|Casing Dimensions & Specifications||
|Drive Bays & Expansion Slots / Ports||
The Aerocool Strike-X Air does not fall into the traditional categories of mid-tower or full-tower chassis because it has what the company calls an “open concept”. This means that it has no panels and that all of your components are fully exposed. This is vastly different from the majority of chassis that are out there in the market right now. As you can guess, such a concept will appeal to frequent upgraders and overclockers who like to fiddle around with their system, thus not getting bogged down with a traditional casing, nor have a messy and fully open bench-test platform.
The Strike-X Air can be described as having two compartments, one that houses the motherboard and another that accommodates the optical and storage drives and devices as well as the PSU. The Strike-X Air has three drive bays for 5.25-inch drives and devices and another three for 3.5-inch drives. The latter can be converted to accommodate smaller 2.5-inch drives such as SSDs.
The Strike-X Air is constructed using a combination of plastic and black SECC steel of the thicker 0.7mm variety. The steel structure feels sturdy, but certain sections that are made out of plastic feel a tad flimsy. For example, the giant top panel is held in place by only a single support on one side and is prone to tilting on the other.
To give the chassis more visual impact, it is decorated with red accents on the “front” panel and also given red grilles. We think that the combination of red and black is attractive and very fitting for a chassis targeted at enthusiasts.
Above the motherboard tray is a large panel that comes preinstalled with a large 200mm fan that blows cool air onto the motherboard and its components. The fan also come with red LED lights, which is a nice touch and fits the overall red and black scheme of the chassis.
Moving to the rear, we can see 10 expansion slots, which have red slot covers - again a nice touch. There are also four rubber grommets for users who want to have liquid-cooling setups. The radiator has to be installed on a bar above the grommets with pre-drilled holes and it can fit up to 240mm large radiators. However, the bar itself feels flimsy, furthermore, since the bar only runs above the grommets, this means you could only secure one end of the radiator to the bar, therefore, we would advice against using it on a long-term basis.