Bitfenix AEGIS Review
Bitfenix AEGIS finally found its way to our test lab. This new case features the front panel with the same ICON logo display as we can see at Pandora. It comes in black, white, red, blue and yellow color and supports an impressive amount of fans and radiators: up to 8x 120mm fans or 5x 140mm fans, dual 280mm radiators and even a 360mm + 240mm loop is possible with slim rads!
As this chassis is a magnet for dust and finger prints, it was all nice protected with foil. Big side window allows to show all hardware as much as possible. Special feature has the front panel which has built in Bitfenix ICON™ 2.8″ (240×320) Logo Display able to show any picture you like per drag and drop. As it connects directly to your motherboard via an internal USB header.
Overall design is very impressive and build quality at high level. Although, the plastic material is very glossy and very susceptible to finger prints. Top is covered with removable mesh with dust filter. The power button, Reset and Fan controller button are also on top as well as 2x USB3.0 and audio/mic ports. With the fan controller button you are able to instantly adjust the fanspeed and reduce noise of your system. You can toggle between High Performance (12v), Normal (7V) and Silent (5V).
All storage cages are modular and can be moved around or taken completely out of the case. You still have a hidden 2.5″ slot behind the PSU and a 2.5″ slot next to mainboard. The AEGIS is pretty well protected against dust with filters on the top, front and bottom.
There is quite a big cutout for CPU cooler installation in the tray for easier access the mainboard from behind. Rubber grommets could be little bit bigger and one more vertical grommet would be even nice to have.
Front panel is protected with magnetic dust filter. The air is pulled inside through side mesh which is making some barrier so the air flow is less effective. On the other side, this kind of front panel is canceling the noise produced by fans much better.
As we mentioned before the bottom dust filter is magnetic and so it’s very easy to remove and clean.
Backside of this chassis giving us the option to lead the tubing for liquid cooling out of the case, should you wish to install external cooler. If you like to install thicker radiator on top you may need to move the 120mm backside fan lower. During our AIO liquid cooler installation we actually lowered the fan position for easier radiator mounting. There are already pre-drilled holes to do this. Aegis is also offering 5 PCI expansion slots if you like to install dual VGA setup. The longest VGAs on the market barely make it to 300mm, and even the tallest VGAs rarely surpass 130mm. AEGIS supports no less than 380mm long and 150mm tall VGAs, leaving plenty of space for front mounted fans, radiators and of course for air to move and stream through the system and cool all components.
You can mount PSU of total length of 160mm without a need of moving the HDD cage forward. Although, there is pretty small space to route the cables in this setup. For 180mm long PSUs you have to move the HDD cages forward. There is an option to install also large PSU up to 220mm long, but in that case you have to completely remove the HDD cage.
HDD mounting could not be easier with help of the tool-less plastic brackets. There are also reservoir and pump mounting bracket included in scope of supply.
It comes with a built-in fan controller which you can easy control with the button on top the chassis as we mentioned before. As the Bitfenix Aegis is focused at good cooling, the front fans blow the fresh air directly to VGAs and mainboard without any big restrictions if you are not using front radiator setup. The integrated fan controller can handle up to four fans.
BitFenix Aegis offers two different versions. One with ICON logo display and second called “Core version” which comes without ICON logo display.
We like its sleek design and removable filters. The steel chassis is stable and still lightweight. We highly recommend not to remove the protection foil of the front panel before you install all components and place your PC in its final position, as this front panel is extremely prone to scratch and loves all your fingerprints. Well, it’s not perfect, as we struggle to connect cables to PSU as there is less space between HDD cage and PSU cover than needed, in pre-installed position. The easiest way is to remove the PSU cover before installing all cables or completely remove the lower HDD cage if you don’t need it at all.
The Bitfenix AEGIS is definitively the chassis you want to have on your desktop as it is almost a small piece of art when it comes to design, but forget about transporting it to any LAN party or alike. Price is higher due to included ICON display sitting around €99 and for Core version (without front display) around €79. The excellent ventilation options and liquid cooling support makes this chassis very popular and versatile. This is one of the main reasons why we can give the Bitfenix Aegis our Silver recommendation.
-Removable dust filters
-Excellent liquid cooling support
-Good ventilation options
-Upper HDD cage can fall out during transport
-Front panel and side window easy to scratch