Date: April 24th, 2007
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Gigabyte
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
The 570 is available in black or silver and with your choice of a vent/window or plain side panel. Our review sample is the black version with the vent/window option.
Dimension 205 x 522 x 510 mm (W x H x D)
Front bezel Material Aluminum
Color Silver / Black
Side Panel Elegant Vent Design (ANS/ANB) / Elegant Vent Design (ATS/ATB)
Body Material Aluminum
Net Weight 7.1 kg
5.25" drive bay (External) 5
3.5" drive bay (External) 2
3.5" drive bay (Internal) 5
Expansion Slot 7
Compatible Mother board ATX / Micro ATX
System Fan(front) 120 mm silent LED fan x 1
System Fan(rear) 120 mm silent LED fans x 2
I / O Ports USB 2.0 x 2 / IEEE 1394 x 1 / HD-AC97 audio x 1 set
At 8.1”W x 20.5H x 20.1D, the 570 is a large case that Gigabyte calls a full tower and it's significantly larger than the so-called mid-tower offerings from most other suppliers. Gigabyte has increased the depth (front to back) dimension by 10%, giving users a little more workspace in the 570 versus the original Aurora . The aluminum construction allows the 570 to weigh in at a relatively svelte 15.7 pounds. The heavy aluminum front door extrusion accounts for a significant portion of this weight.
The body material is listed as aluminum, which is true for the most part, however the rear panel is actually nickel-plated steel. The manual also adds flex ATX to the compatible mobo list.
High-end brushed aluminum panel with aluminum body, ultra-light
3D ID front panel with blue LED illuminative effect
Enhanced strength rear plate with nickel coating
Four foldable feet for extra support to chassis
Built-in one blue LED illumined silent intake fan with filter
Built-in two blue LED illumined silent exhaust fans
Support Iiquid cooling system with pre-modified dual tube outlets
Unique side panel design for great ventilation
Aluminum body absorb heat 4 times faster than steel
The three included 120mm fans have blue LEDs and turn at a modest 1000 RPM for quiet operation. We'll take a look at the liquid cooling outlets in more detail later, as well as the many other convenience features.
For around $160-170 US, this is what you'll get.
While I don't usually spend a lot of time discussing packaging in these reviews, I'm going to make an exception here. This case is very well packaged: wrapped in plastic and sandwiched between two dense Styrofoam blocks. While this is not unusual, Gigabyte goes the extra mile by placing an extra foam block over the front of the case to protect the door and hold the thick, multi-language manual.
Foam blocks and plastic sheeting protect the included side window. During installation, we'll go through the relatively easy process of swapping the default mesh side panel with this acrylic window. The attention to detail with respect to packaging is carried throughout the 570 chassis, which will become evident as we move through the rest of this review.
The 570 ships with a variety of goodies to aid the user in doing a clean, trouble-free install. The zip bag on the left holds the various mounting hardware, two sets of keys for the locking features, some cable management extras and a soft cloth to help keep the case clean and fingerprint-free. Also included are rails for the HDDs and a couple of SATA power cable adapters.