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 PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
First of all, let's go over the cosmetic differences between the original Aurora (left) and the newer 570 offering. As you can see, the front of the 570 case has a slightly more angular, aggressive look compared to the softer, rounder original. I/O ports have been moved front and center and the case is a bit deeper, front to back. The side vent/window opening is also a bit larger on the 570, but the panel release latch remains unchanged. The brushed, anodized finish also remains unchanged, as does the “projector” feature. The door hinge on the 570 has been moved from the left side of the chassis to the right, taking care of one of my personal pet peeves about many doored cases. Gigabyte has addressed another issue I have with case doors, as well, but we'll discuss that later.
The Aurora 570 is a beautiful case, even better than the original. The brushed finish is particularly appealing and the black plastic of the front panel is almost entirely hidden by the aluminum door and lower portion of the bezel. The finish on the panels nicely match the front for a unified look, and the large perforated metal panel adds ventilation area and can be replaced by the included clear acrylic window for a different effect. Both the front door and side panel can be locked for security.
The front is highlighted by a beveled and polished top edge and an incised and polished accent “stripe” down the center of the door. Attention to detail like this is what sets a case like the Aurora 570 apart from the pack. The finish is somewhat prone to fingerprints, but the included chamois cloth, with its Gigabyte logo, makes short work of them.
The door swings almost a full 90 degrees and the design leaves plenty of room for bay devices with protruding knobs or other appurtenances when closed. It seems that Gigabyte has addressed ALL the issues I have with the vast majority of doored cases. Good job, fellas! Another difference from the original Aurora is the design of the plastic bay covers. The covers on the 570 have a raised and beveled panel in the center of each one. Magnetic catches keep the door securely closed, yet allow for easy access to the drives. The hinges are very sturdy and the door has a very pleasing “heft” that I suspect will translate into a long, trouble-free lifetime.
The power and reset buttons, concealed by the door when closed, are rectangular in shape and the power button is backlit when powered up. One FireWire and two USB 2.0 ports along with the HDD activity LED and audio ports have been moved to the front panel (where they belong, in my opinion!) and are available with the door closed. No power LED is provided, but the illuminated blue plastic panel will leave no doubt that the system is on. Note that the two small screws, and two more at the top of the door, can be removed to take off the door, if desired.
The trademark “projector” feature of the Aurora series chassis' lives under the front bezel and displays the 3 DAurora logo on the desk top just in front of the case. The lower mesh panel provides air intake for the front 120mm intake fan.