Aorus AC300W case offers fancy front panel connectivity

Enthusiasts are spoiled for choice when it comes to computer cases these days, but Aorus thinks it has something different to offer. The company just launched the AC300W case that we saw back at Computex, and it looks just as nice now as it did then. This ATX mid-tower case includes RGB LED accents, a large side window, an option for vertical GPU installation, and front-panel HDMI and USB Type-C ports.

Gigabyte's been selling graphics cards with front-facing HDMI ports since the debut of Nvidia's GeForce 10-series cards. Those ports are a convenient way to hook up a VR headset, but virtually no cases have the corresponding front-panel HDMI jacks. That meant you had to either wire up your own (a tricky task) or purchase one of Gigabyte's VR-Link accessories (at some cost, and requiring an available 5.25" expansion bay). Now you can install one of those graphics cards in the AC300W and simply wire up the HDMI port to the case's front panel.

Alongside that HDMI port, the case also has a USB Type-C connector, should your motherboard offer the corresponding header. Additionally, the AC300W's RGB LED accents will sync up to Gigabyte's RGB Fusion system. The case will accept graphics cards up to 15.7" (40 cm) in length, so you should be good whatever card you choose, and regardless of whether you choose to mount it horizontally or vertically.

Builders can stick two 3.5" spinners and three 2.5" drives in the AC300W. The 3.5" mounts will also accept 2.5" drives. Cooling accomodations consist of three 120-mm fans or two 140-mm fans in the front, a pair of either in the top, and another one in the back. Aorus helpfully includes a 120-mm fan in both the front and rear of the case, plus detachable dust filters for all of the intakes.

Gigabyte doesn't specify whether the Aorus AC300W will include the necessary PCIe riser cable to mount a graphics card vertically. The company also didn't offer pricing information, although the Guru of 3D seems to think it will run you $100 when it arrives in stores.

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    • VincentHanna
    • 2 years ago

    Aurous AC300W…

    Was absolutely positive I was clicking on an article about a new wifi router.

      • ronch
      • 2 years ago

      And I initially thought it was a tiny PSU.

    • NTMBK
    • 2 years ago

    Full ATX and no optical bays? Seriously?

      • hasseb64
      • 2 years ago

      You ask for optical bays 2017? Seriously?

        • NTMBK
        • 2 years ago

        I don’t mind dropping the bays if the rest of the case is then modified to use the space sensibly. This one just leaves an enormous waste of space at the front of the case. You could easily put a slimline drive bay somewhere in there and not affect airflow.

        • UberGerbil
        • 2 years ago

        Not many people need bays for optical drives, but there are other things that can go into external 5.25″ drive bays, and some of them are actually useful.

        • ronch
        • 2 years ago

        I actually still have a lot of stuff on DVDs. I seldom use them but I don’t like not having a DVD drive for when the need arises. And those DVD drives are so cheap that it’s no big deal to just have one. And DVDs are a cheap way to share data without having to ask for the media back. I don’t think giving away data on a flash drive is an economic idea.

    • homerdog
    • 2 years ago

    What does a USB Type C mobo header look like?

    Why only two 3.5″ bays in an ATX tower? Why go full ATX in the first place? Micro ATX makes way more sense. But why don’t mATX mobos have built in WiFi?

      • juzz86
      • 2 years ago

      [url=https://smallformfactor.net/news/usb-3-1-motherboard-connector-revealed<]USB 3.1 Header[/url<] EDIT: It makes a very satisfying 'click' on entry. Seems secure enough, miles better than 3.0 at least.

        • homerdog
        • 2 years ago

        Thank you. I have seen these on motherboards but didn’t know what they were.

        I wish motherboards came with two USB3.0 headers standard, to accommodate the 2 standard case ports + a 5.25″ front panel card reader/USB gizmo. This is also why I still like to see 5.25″ bays on cases.

          • juzz86
          • 2 years ago

          You’re welcome!

          Agree with you on the 3.0 headers, I’ve got two now and take them for granted a bit – I used to have to convert a 2.0 header out to 19 pins for my case’s second lot of ports!

    • JosiahBradley
    • 2 years ago

    It looks like a combo of an NZXT and Phanteks case. Then again “modern” cases are starting to look pretty similar to me. Not that that is a bad thing.

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