The case arrived to me very well packaged inside a carton box with a huge picture on the front and some additional technical details about the product and the full technical specification on the side panels. As you can see from the picture above the carton box received quite a damage while being shipped but still the product inside was in perfect condition. By mentioning the product let’s check how it looks:
After I removed the nylon bag and the Styrofoam parts protecting the product the case looked like that. As you can see from the pictures above the case is entirely in black with a small grey logo part on the front part of the panel.
As you already saw the right panel is absolutely clear, while the left panel offers a huge 200mm fan including a dust filter and fan controller for which I will talk a bit later.
An this is what the case looks like inside:
and seen from the back:
As I said in the beginning of this article it is a test and review and to do a proper test I have to do a valuable review first. So I decided to do some dirty job and remove all of the parts from the case and describe them one by one while installing them back to the frame. And believe me there are a lot of parts installed on the frame which I had to remove and for which I am eager to say a few words. For now, after I did some screenshots I can say that this case is really nice quality with a lot of very interesting features.
So let’s get started…
After I removed all of the parts and I left the case completely “naked” this is what the frame looks like.
At first sight I can say that Airen GameComp 2 is completely painted in black both on outside and inside with dimensions of 235 × 540 × 530 mm and overall weight of 9.5 kg, of course when all of the parts are installed.
As every modern case it is supplied with some very handy features such as cable management, tool-less design for drives, big hole behind the motherboard for easy CPU installation, removable HDD cage and some others offered in many models from different brands.
After I removed all parts from the case and arranged them together, which by the way were a lot, they looked like this:
- Left and right side panels made of SECC entirely painted in black
- The front and the top panels made of painted in black plastic
- 2 x 120mm preinstalled semi-transparent fans painted in black with red backlight installed in the front part of the hard disk chassis behind the front plastic panel.
- 2 x 120mm preinstalled semi-transparent fans painted in black with red backlight installed on the top panel.
- 1 x 120mm preinstalled fan painted in black with red propeller on the rear panel
- A removable HDD chassis
- 8 x HDD plastic bays for 2.5 or 3.5″ HDD or SSD drives
- 3 x 5.25″ brackets made of mesh and working as a dust filter
- 1 x 200mm preinstalled fan on the left panel
- Dust filters for the front fans, left panel fan and bottom fans made of plastic and mesh
- An installational manual
- A small white box with additional accessories which I will check out a bit later
- Two additional dust filters made of plastic with magnets
- A lof of screws
After I was done with describing the parts I had to use my imagination and put all parts back on the frame and since most of the cases I’ve tested so far had really troubled to install top panels I will start with the top panel and for this case too.
As you already saw the top panel is actually a small plastic cover just for the front side of the case with a lot of cables coming out of it and includes all of the I/O ports which for this model are:
- 2 × USB 3.0 hidden behind a small plastic cover
- 2 × USB 2.0 hidden behind a small plastic cover
- Audio AC97 or HD hidden behind a small plastic cover
- Card reader SD/MMC/MS hidden behind a small plastic cover
Apart from that on the top panel there are some additional but very important buttons like:
- The power switch with integrated LEDs
- Reset switch
- Switch for powering on/off the lights of the fans. Yes, all the lights of the 4 semi-transparent fans can be powered directly from this button. That is a very nice feature, indeed.
- 3 switches for controlling all of the 5 x 120 mm preinstalled fans. The integrated fan controller can control all of the fans with 3 positions – off, low and high speed.
And this is what the top panel looks like seen from bellow.
While I was installing it back I had to push all these cables in some tiny spaces and holes and I was really getting mad but after 10 minutes fighting with the cables the top panel was in its place. Yes, it is a bit hard to install it especially for a guy with such big fingers as mine but still I did it. And when all of the parts were in their places the cable management looked really nice. But I will pay some attention to this a bit later. For now I shall warn every future Airen owner – please don’t remove the top panel. After I installed the top panel back to its original place it looked liked that:
Next part to install back in the case were actually the HDD chassis and the plastic HDD brackets.
As you probably already saw the chassis is made to be removed so the case can handle larger video cards and it is completely tool-less. Apart from that the plastic HDD bays are made to hold SSD or HDD drives with size 2.5 or 3.5″. The SSD or HDD can be mounted to the brackets via screws. So let’s put them back into the case:
After the HDD bays are back to the case I should say that not only are they tool-less but the 5.25″ bays are tool-less too. We saw almost all of cases released recently offering this feature but this model has something a bit more interesting. The tool-less design for this model is made so when the 5.25″ optical device is in its place then just push the small plastic handles with screws and rotate them.
Ok, I am done with the HDD parts and now is the time to put some shape to the case by installing the 2 x 120mm fans on the front part of the frame behind the front plastic panel.
Here I saw something that made me actually smile and that is the mounting method for the front fans which is done like this:
Actually this case can hold 2 x 120mm fans on the front part of the HDD chassis and 2 on the back side, which are optional but still this is a great feature so it can become a really well ventilated case. Not that it isn’t now but still, the more the merrier. So the front panels are placed in that spot and are pushed from the back side to the front by small metal plates working as springs and are held by 3 additional brackets. And this is what the first fan looks like when it is in its place:
And both fans together:
Actually when the 2 fans are in their places there is zero chance that they will fall and still those plates are actually the dust filter rails:
And there is one more feature related to the front fans and that is the cable management. Actually both of the front fans are with very long 3-pin cables and are passing behind the front panel and behind the HDD chassis and they are held by something, which is actually a very clever idea:
And this is what the case looks like with the front panel back to its place and the cables arranged.
Actually Airen GameComp 2 offers awesome cable management features, but I will talk for them a bit later…
Now let’s put the rest of the 120mm fans back to their places.
As I said before Airen GameComp 2 offers total of 4 x 120mm fans with red backlight mounted on the front and top panels and 1 x 120mm painted in red for the back panel. I already installed 2 of them on the front panel and now I had to install the other 3.
All of the fans so far are directly connected to the fan controllers on the top panel and powered directly from the power supply. Very handy indeed.
Next step was to put the 2 dust filters placed on the bottom panel. One beneath the PSU fan which is located on the bottom and back side of the case and one for additional 120mm fan as you can see the picture below.
Apart from that I installed back the expansion slot brackets back to the frame. All of the parts are again tool-less.
Last but not the least, I had to install the side panels back to the frame:
And this is what the case looks like back together:
At the start of the article I said that the right panel is completely blank but the left panel is made to hold a 200mm fan supplied with a big dust filter and a small fan controller next to the fan. This controller can work with up to 2 fans and is powered directly from the power supply
And this is what the small white box hold as additional accessories. Pretty impressive.
- Rubber dumpers for the hard drives
- 8-pin CPU cable extender
- Some ties
- a lot of screws and a pc speaker
- 2 additional dust filters with magnets. I believe they are to be used on the side panel if the 200mm fan is replaced with 2 x 120mm fans.
All I can is: very nice, Airen!
So after the case was back together it was time to install my hardware and do some testing to see how the hardware performs inside Airen GameComp 2.
And this is how the hardware looks inside the case:
and seen from the back:
While I was doing the reassembly of the case I noticed something that impressed me a lot. This is case is actually a middle tower and it is made to provide maximum cable management for which there are some plastic brackets made to be opened and locked so the cables are fixed tightly and arranged behind the motherboard. For 2-3 minutes I did a bit good cable management or at least a one that doesn’t involve a lot of cables inside the case.
That is a really lovely feature and it is very, very handy.
My working environment looked like this:
And this is how the top panel looks when the PC is running:
For this test I used my standard hardware:
CPU: AMD Athlon X4 620 at standard frequency of 2612 MHz and overclocked at 3640 MHz (at 1.5V) per core for the tests.
Motherboard: GigaByte 790X-UD3P
Video card: Sapphire 5830 Extreme 1GB DDR5 256bit at standard frequency of 800/1000 MHz and overclocked at 900/1100 for the tests.
Memory: 2 x 2GB Apacer 800 MHz
Hard drive: Kingston SSD SV100S264G
Case: Airen GameComp 2
Power supply: Antec HCP-750W
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
Thermal paste: Gelid GC-Supreme
Fan mounted: The standard 120mm fan from the Hyper 212 Evo package working at ~ 1600 revolutions per minute.
The tests were conducted in a closed system with:
- 2 x 120mm fan on the front panel working as intake fans at maximum speed
- 2 x 120mm fan on the top panel working as exhaust fans working maximum speed
- 1 x 120mm fan on the back panel working as exhaust fan working at maximum speed
- Room temperature of about 19 degrees.
When I installed the pc inside the case and tried to close it I noticed that the side fan had contact with the Cooler Master 212 EVO which is actually not such a tall cooler so to do the test I had to remove the side 200mm fan. Apart from that since all of the fans were attached to the fan controller powered directly from the power supply I was not able to measure their speed but I believe they were rotating at about 1200-1500 revolutions per minute since they were pretty quiet.
After I was done testing, here are the results I measured.
Test in idle mode of the CPU at 2612MHz, the video card at 800/1000 MHz and the SDD.
Test with full load of the CPU at 2611MHz, the video card at 800/1000 MHZ and the SDD.
Test in idle mode of the CPU at 3640 MHz, overclocked video card at 900/1100 MHz and the SSD.
Test with load of the CPU at 3640 MHz, overclocked video card at 900/1100 MHz and the SSD.
So far so good. I saw really nice features and performance and after I am done testing it is time for me to share my conclusions:
- Airen GameComp 2 performance – After I am done with reviewing and testing the product all I can say is that Airen GameComp 2 is one very interesting middle tower case offering a lot of useful features and capabilities. As I said before the case arrived with 6 preinstalled manually controlled fans and it can handle up to 3 additional fans installed on the back of the HDD chassis and on the bottom of the case which can make this case extremely well ventilated with the option to handle even the top performance hardware. Apart from that the case is made to provide awesome cable management and easy installation for the hardware with its tool-less design.
- Airen GameComp 2 noise level – Even though there are 6 preinstalled fans, all of them are working at about 1200-1500rpm revolutions per minute and were very quiet and even when I was doing the test with all fans at maximum speed the noise level coming out of the case was very tiny.
- Airen GameComp 2 appearance – Airen GameComp 2 is entirely painted in black with additional red parts made to form a black/red colour scheme which looks very nice. And I believe that when someone decides to use it and install a hardware in black/red colour scheme it will become a really beautiful rig, especially when the fans are glowing with their red backlight.
I think Airen GameComp 2 deserves the following reward:
Official price (MSRP): Airen GameComp 2 – unknown
Warranty: 24 months
I thank Airen for the test sample.