The case I received a while ago is called Aero 1000 and is produced by the famous company called Aerocool, which was kind enough to supply us with a test sample so I can do a test and a review of the case, present it to the readers on the web, so those of you that plan of buying a case can take this article into consideration. The product I am about to show is a very nice chassis and it has more than enough features to catch your attention.
Two versions are available – Black and White Edition. I have the Black one as a sample; however, to be honest, I think the white one looks quite attractive and eye-catchy.
Not much really different than the cases I’ve received in the past, the packaging of Aerocool Aero 1000 is made from recycled carton/paper and is not really that heavy, weighing at 10.6 kg total. The case inside has weight of 8.9 kg, which makes it relatively easy to move around if you need to do so. It is made out of 0.8 mm steel and plastic for some components and it fits the description of a medium tower chassis.
Let’s have a closer look:
|Side of the box||Protection of the case|
One of the sides of the box has been printed with a sketch of Aero 1000 and it looks good, along with a bold font claiming that this is indeed the case inside. A subtle Aerocool logo sits at the top right corner to remind of the company that designed the case, although it is made in China. Technical specifications are laid out on the right as well.
After opening the box with my handy knife, Aero 1000 was presented to me in a wrapped up style with hard styrofoam around it for protection. Honestly, it did its part of the job by keeping the case safe and sound throughout its journey to me. I will be quick to say that the physical dimensions are 210 x 500 x 491.7mm (W x H x D, overall) and 8.9 kg, as I’ve mentioned above. To complement the Aero series Aerocool have placed a small, colorful leaflet with information regarding the case.
So far so good, moving forward to the unboxing I carefully peeled off the nylon (I believe we all like that feeling) and happily realized that there is no damage to the case. Now my exterior view will be even nicer…
Aerocool Aero 1000 EXTERIOR
Aero 1000’s both versions are equipped with a large cut side acrylic window to show off the hardware inside and I admit that I like it so far. All black paint across the entire case, couple of details are nicely complemented with grey, creating a nice contrast and overall great finish to the case. Those are the 5.25″ drive bays as well as the silver logo of Aerocool, which again is really subtle and is non obstructive.
I liked the paint job and the overall execution. Good job, Aerocool. At least for a case of this caliber it is very well suited. Both 5.25″ drive bays are not taking away from the look, actually they are quite the contributors here in my opinion.
|Windowed side panel||Front of the case|
Moving around the case gave me even more to think about and have a look at – such as the nice addition of the honeycomb large front grill and how the front panel seems to be coming from inside the case, created by the extended edge of the top panel – all nice things that add up and eventually you have a great looking case. On the rear there isn’t that much to look at, standard rubber grommets for external water cooling solutions, seven vented PCI-e slots and a fan slot as well.
The entire chassis is lifted on plastic feet which are connected to the metal frame and are not easily removable – not really a shame, hopefully they don’t break easy, otherwise you’ll have to get dirty.
|Rear of Aero 1000||Bottom view|
Bottom view is nice and tidy, only vented part is near the rear where the PSU usually gets cool air from and seeing those large rubbery stands makes me happy as this case is hard to slide on most surfaces.
|Top panel||I/O ports and buttons|
Top panel on the other hand is a bit more interesting as it holds a bit more – we have a large and distinct, illuminated, square Power button. Moving to the right – recessed reset button, tiny HDD LED indicator, USB 3.0, audio jacks and another USB 3.0 port. All of that is sitting on a plastic bed with a piano black finish, which for its own good is a fingerprint magnet and gets easily scratched. Nonetheless that does add up to the overall look and it creates the impression of a well-built case.
More to say about the top panel is that it is made out of metal and is a structural part of the chassis, so don’t go rushing on removing it as it will not be beneficial. And my favorite part – magnetic dust filter. Finally, I’ve been dreaming to get my hands on a case with a magnetic dust filter. It’s a breeze to clean these and this one is no exception, it’s also a very nice touch to the case look.
Now that I’ve pretty much covered the exterior of Aero 1000 I believe it is time to move forward and grant myself access to the interior.
Aerocool Aero 1000 INTERIOR
With the black paint making its way inside the case as well, covering the entire interior I’m pleased to say that this case is getting more and more attractive with each minute, definitely worth the buck.
In order to get full access to the interior, instead of window shopping through the acrylic piece, you need to remove two thumbscrews and slide the panel out, easy and straight forward. No hinges, no clips, just plain old manual labor with the screwdriver as those two thumbnail screws were tight.
|Opened interior||Close up|
As you can see there is a small carton box on the right side, placed right into one of the HDD slots and it comes with accessories to help you build the system you want easier and tidier. Before that let’s see what we’ve got in terms of interior – rubber grommets, nice ones even. Very good, solid looking and nice to the touch rubber grommets are available here. Marks on the case interior where the motherboard stand offs should go and here is the time to say that Aero 1000 can hold motherboards of ATX, micro ATX and mini-ITX size. PSU can be mounted on its designated slot where vibration dampeners are fit to isolate any noise that could be produced by a noisy power supply unit.
Let’s not forget about the nice looking black paint that is covering the interior. Although I find that a cool addition to the overall budget/features package this case offers, in the recent years this has become a mandatory thing, rather than a nice surprise. Nonetheless, I appreciate the nice paint. To match the paint Aerocool installed black I/O cables here, which I respect and give a thumbs up.
Moving forward I can see a large CPU cutout for easy removal/installation of a CPU cooler. Speaking of CPU coolers, Aero 1000 can accommodate coolers up to 165mm of height, so even high-end coolers can be utilized here. In these modern and ever so demanding times the GPU is one of the essential components and here you can mount one with 290mm of length; however, by removing the middle HDD cage this goes up to 410mm available for a GPU – outstanding!
Storage-wise the case offers a total of 5 drive bays compatible with 3.5″/2.5″ drives, 2 dedicated 2.5″ drive bays and 2 exposed 5.25″ bays featuring a tool-less design. Plastic HDD bays are not really my favorite, but these ones appear and feel to be well-built.
Do you remember the small carton box?
|Accessories box and HDD rail||Additional accessories|
It contains additional accessories such as various screws, motherboard stand off installation tool and non-reusable zip ties. All of those black – well played and nicely executed! More often than not we see beautiful cases both outside and in, only to be ruined by old style chrome-like screws and accessories.
Okay, so that’s all in terms of what my eyes can see, now let’s go full steam ahead and examine the case in detail. I will use my old friend the screwdriver and remove every part that is not riveted or glued to the case so its built quality can be further examined. Afterwards I will do the same process, only it would be oriented in building the case back together while explaining the process in detail.
|Bare chassis||Behind MB tray|
Starting with the already removed left panel I went onward and then the case was stripped down to its bare chassis which I found out to be a sturdy one, indeed. As you can see the top panel is not removable. This allows for a really solid structure, however it’s also a drawback if you’re looking for more space when building/maintaining your PC.
Same story goes for the plastic stands. The only way to remove them is to get access underneath the rubber feet, which are glued to the stands and will be damaged if intervened with.
|Rear of chassis||Top/Front of Aero 1000|
Next step in the review is to arrange all the removed parts, take a photo and describe them. Here they are…
Okay, after stripping the case down, I will be explaining in detail how the parts are held to each other combined with photo material. Here is a list of all the parts that I was able to remove from the case:
- Chassis of Aero 1000
- Right side panel
- Left side panel with acrylic window
- 1 x Top dust filter
- 1 x PSU dust filter
- 1 x Front dust filter
- 1 x Front panel grill
- 1 x Front panel plastic frame
- 1 x Top HDD cage
- 7 x Plastic mounts for storage drives
- 3 x 120 mm fans
- 2 x 5.25″ front covers
Now comes the even more exciting part of re-doing the same thing all over again, backwards.
This time the first thing I mounted back to the chassis were the three included fans. All of them have a standard square plastic frame with dimensions of 120 x 120 x 25mm and a 3-pin fan connector. Their maximum operating voltage is 12 Volts, allowing them to spin at 1200 RPM at maximum, generating 36.4 CFM of airflow. Noise level is at 26.5dBA, which is not that loud in real life, I have to admit. The air pressure is 1.32mm-H2O, however this is measured with no obstructions in front or behind the fan. In reality these numbers are different. The fans have MTBF of 20000 hours, which I find to be relatively low and unreliable if that is the correct failure point. That is 833 days of constant workload at optimal temperature and moisture levels. Just to give you an idea – fans with 150 000 MTBF, which is most common, is around 6250 days.
|Aero 1000 Fans||Mounted and ready|
As usual all the fans are held with standard screws both at the front and rear mounting locations of the case. Easy job with a screwdriver. There are plenty of handy holes where you can manage the cables’ path. Aero 1000 supports various cooling configurations, both air and water cooling alike:
- Top :2 x 120mm fans or 2 x 140 mm fans (Optional)
- Front: 2 x 120mm fans or 2 x 140 mm fans (Included 2 x 120mm Black fans)
- Rear: 1 x 120mm fan ( Included 1 x 120mm Black fan)
- Top : 120 / 140 / 240 / 280mm Radiator Installation.(MAX. 35mm thickness)
- Rear : 120mm Radiator Installation.
- Front : 120 / 140 / 240 / 280mm Radiator Installation.(MAX. 45mm thickness)
It seems that Aerocool wanted to create a case that offers quite a lot in a compact package and it seems that they were able to achieve it, although I don’t have any large water cooling radiators to check out clearance. It’s a roomy enough case fit for the purpose of water cooling and if presented the opportunity I would put two large radiators inside. So far so good.
Next up the list is the HDD cage and it is held by thumbnail screws, nice and secure to the chassis.
|HDD cage||Plastic HDD mounts|
What I saw was a potential of a tool-less design here, however Aerocool went with the more secure option of thumbnails – fine with me. It’s easy enough to play around with the cage, especially if you plan on installing a large water cooling radiator at the front, or if you line your cool air from the front fans to be unobstructed.
It was time to snap on the front panel frame, which is quite solid for a plastic piece, followed by the dust filter and the front mesh grill.
|Front panel||Top panel|
Although I would have preferred to see a magnetic dust filter at the front as well, I appreciate its presence. Not really easy to remove if I have to be honest, but not a huge pain as well. Front grill uses a push to open mechanism and works smoothly in my opinion.
Then I installed the two 5.25″ plastic covers with their snap on design and locking clip which is cleverly painted in silver to finish the looks of the frontal part of the case.
And the bottom PSU dust filter was one of the last things I installed back on the case. So far I was happy with the case and had to move forward to building inside it, then evaluating its performance with a couple of tests. Build quality is excellent, paint job is even better, compatibility looks like it’s well thought and executed so let’s install my hardware inside and check out the temperatures.
Aerocool Aero 1000 TESTS
For the testing I will use an Intel based system with Z97 chipset motherboard.
Intel Z97 Test system
- CPU: Intel i5-4670K
- At standard frequency 3.400 MHz (Voltage set to Auto when not OC-ing)
- At low overclock frequency of 3.800 MHz (at 1.20V)
- At medium overclock frequency of 4.300 MHz (at 1.23V)
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus VII HERO Z97
- Video card: MSI AMD R9 280X GAMING 3G
- Memory: Kingston Hyper-X SAVAGE 8 GB, Dual channel, 1866 MHz
- Solid State Drive: Intel 530 Series, 120 GB
- Hard drive: Western Digital 640 GB Black Series
- Case: Fractal Design Define R5
- Power supply: Corsair RM750 W
- Cooler: Noctua NH-L9x65
- Thermal paste: Noctua NT-H1
The test was conducted in a closed system with:
- 3 x 120mm Aerocool fans, rotating at maximum RPM of 1200 at 12 volts, 2 at the front as intake, 1 at the rear serving as an exhaust.
- Room temperature of about 24~25 degrees Celsius
And here I want to describe my testing method.
I will install my test rig inside the case and do CPU and VGA stress tests using AIDA64 and Prime95 stability test for about 10 minutes with these settings:
- CPU: Intel i5-4670K – running at stock voltage and frequency.
- MSI AMD R9 280X GAMING 3G – running at stock voltage and auto speed control of the fans.
For the CPU load I will be using Prime95 with custom settings of minimum FFT size (in K of 128), max FFT size (in K of 128) and Run FFTs in place at standard frequency of 3.400 MHz on the CPU, at low overclock of 3.800 MHz and at medium overclock frequency of 4.300 MHz.
Building inside Aero 1000 was an easy job with little to no resistance whatsoever. I was also satisfied with the end result of the installed system.
|I/O cables were labelled||Behind MB tray|
And here is a photo of the assembled system:
Also with the side panel closed:
Here are the results from the stress tests I conducted:
|Aero 1000 @3.4 GHz Idle||Aero 1000 @3.4 GHz Load|
And the test with more CPU overclock.
|Aero 1000 @3.8 GHz Load||Aero 1000 @4.3 GHz Load|
After I spent several hours disassembling, assembling, reviewing and later testing the case, I believe it is time to express my thoughts on the product.
Aerocool Aero 1000 CONCLUSIONS
1. Aero 1000 performance – During the stress tests the case performed excellently in both noise output and airflow supply. It was a moment where I believe the case performed at its best and the stock configuration with three fans definitely pays off. It’s decent enough to cool a highly overclocked system when need be and at the same time provide comfort if you’re just watching a movie/browsing etc. as the noise level is near silent when fans rotate at medium RPM. Really good results from my first impressions with the Aero 1000, so good that actually I’m keeping the case for myself.
I would recommend Aero 1000 to users who want to build a performance oriented PC and don’t have that much to spend on a case as Aero 1000 would allow them to have a balanced airflow and availability of an upgrade later.
2. Aero 1000 appearance – I am a fan of the build quality as well as the small, but important details such as: black I/O cables and their length, nice rubber grommets and rubber feet for PSU and the chassis stands also. Removable HDD cage is always a plus and adds up to the value and expandabilty of the case, moreover it is future proof. Chassis is solid and paint job is of high quality in my opinion.
Personally I like simple design, maybe even boring ones. Aero 1000 offers a modern and clean look, yet it is attractive, especially the White version. Acrylic window is a plus here, along with the large front grill.
2. Aero 1000 noise level – Yes, there are quieter cases out there, however there are 3 fans spinning inside Aero 1000 out of the box. Noise is not disturbing, nor is it high-pitched. I would have appreciated some sound dampening material on the side panels which would have made this case a beast. Nonetheless, it’s a quiet enough case for everyday use, even at maximum fan speed.
Well done, Aerocool!
I believe Aero 1000 deserves the following reward:
Official price (MSRP) for Aerocool Aero 1000: 79,90 EUR in Europe (excl. Taxes)
Warranty: 24 months
Special thanks to Aerocool for providing us with a test sample.