First Looks: Aerocool Qx-2000 mATX Casing
Gaming chassis are often big and bulky, and they need to be, mainly because of the ever-increasing power and thermal requirements of the latest processors and graphics cards. A typical high-end graphics card measures almost 30cm in length and space is not only needed to house these massive components but also to cool them. It is precisely because of these reasons that compact gaming chassis are hard to design. However, Aerocool claims that its QX-2000 is the solution, positioning it as a compact chassis that does not compromise on versatility and performance.
Do I Look like a Gamer?
Like it or not, gaming chassis have a certain, almost indescribable look about them. You could say they are flashy, and the Aerocool QX-2000 is certainly one that fits this description. The front panel looks busy with its numerous grilles, with a large 120mm intake fan at the lower left corner that lights up when you turn the system on. Fans of LED lights will be happy to know that you can alternate between blue and red. Furthermore, there are also buttons that let users adjust the intake fan speed. There are three settings available and the fan works quietly enough.
Looks might be subjective, but when it comes to physical size, there’s no doubting that the Qx-2000 is one compact casing. We’re sure it’ll appeal to people who want a compact yet feature-packed chassis, possibly for LAN parties, while being capable of supporting the latest components.
The Space Between
One of the key features of the Aerocool Qx-2000 is its ability to accommodate high-end graphics card up to 330mm long. This is possible because of its unique “Double Decker” design.
Crack the Qx-2000 open and what you’ll see are two decks. The lower deck is mainly for the motherboard, but there’s also a tray for 3.5-inch external devices. The motherboard tray accommodates only mATX boards and it is relatively large. There’s enough depth too, so installing a high-end graphics card isn’t a problem. In fact, we can attest th even fit a Radeon HD 5970 quite comfortably.
The upper deck, on the other hand, has enough room for two 5.25-inch external drives, two 3.5-inch internal drives, and most crucially perhaps, a standard ATX PSU, which will alleviate the PSU hunting process, a common headache for small form factor chassis. Nevertheless, to ensure proper fit, Aerocool recommends an ATX PSU with a depth not exceeding 140mm in depth, so not all ATX PSUs will fit.
Installation is a straightforward affair and we especially like how Aerocool has conveniently provided cutaways to let users thread cables through from the lower deck to the upper deck. This keeps things neat and tidy inside the casing for better air flow. Speaking of air flow, only the 120mm front intake fan comes as standard, but the Qx-2000 has space for an additional 60mm fan in front and another three 80mm fans at the rear.
At S$99, the Aerocool Qx-2000 is an interesting chassis for gamers looking to build a compact system. It works well overall and our only major gripes were that it would only accommodate smaller ATX PSUs and we would have appreciated having more cooling fans included.