Aerocool’s Project 7 P7-C0 Pro makes an excellent first impression. If you hadn’t already gathered, I definitely like the way this case looks. With its aggressive angles and tempered glass panels, the P7-C0 offers a modern and classy appearance. Its mesh front panel, numerous fan mounts, and generally open design lead to fine cooling performance, as well.
While the P7-C0 Pro looks sharp on the outside, its interior didn’t impress me in quite the same way. The case suffers from the same headaches as many other cases with non-removeable power-supply shrouds and hard-drive cages. Installing a power-supply unit is more difficult than it otherwise might be in a case with a removeable shroud, and the permanently-installed hard-drive bay drastically limits room for extra cables. A modular PSU (like Aerocool’s own P7-850) is a must in this case.
I’d have also preferred to see Aerocool scale up the case a bit to allow for the use of top-mounted radiators and more 140-mm fans. The front radiator mount couldn’t quite swallow the large end tanks of the Cooler Master 240-mm liquid cooler we wanted to install, either. I think a few extra centimeters here and there would make the P7-C0 much more user-friendly.
Aerocool’s P7-H1 RGB LED fan hub, the defining feature of the Pro version of this case, also has its ups and downs. We’d have preferred to see a common SATA power connector on this hub instead of the increasingly-unusual Molex connector, and it’s a shame that this hub can’t control the P7-C0’s front-panel lighting. For all the talk of 16.7 million colors with RGB LEDs, though, the 10 color options from the P7-C0’s front panel should be enough to please most builders.
The P7-H1 hub offers a better RGB LED software-control experience than even some larger companies do, and that’s usually the hardest part of RGB LED peripherals to get right. The included P7-F12 Pro fans sound nice enough, too, and it’s rare to find a case with as many included 120-mm fans as the P7-C0 offers these days, much less RGB LED-illuminated ones.
We couldn’t find the Pro version of the P7-C0 at retail, but the case itself and the P7-F12 Pro fan kit are available separately for about $157 on Newegg, all told. A fully-outfitted P7-C0 like ours doesn’t come cheap, but a quick look at other manufacturers’ RGB LED fan systems suggests that it would be hard to assemble a similarly RGB LED-bedecked case for much less money. Given the P7-F12 Pro fans’ broad RGB LED compatibility and its solid performance otherwise, I’d happily recommend the P7-C0 Pro as a foundation for RGB LED-bedecked builds, but folks who are more concerned with noise levels and ease of use can get more case for less money.