Aerocool P7-C1 11

Aerocool P7-C1 Review

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Test System

System Parts for Case Reviews
Processor:Intel Core i5-6600K
Motherboards:ATX: Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6+
mATX: ASRock Z170M Pro4S
mini-ITX: ASRock Z170M-ITX/ac
Provided by: ASRock
Graphic Card:Long: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 OEM
Short: HIS Radeon 5350 HD
Memory:16 GB ADATA XPG Dazzle DDR4 2800 MHz CL17-17-17 1.25V
16 GB ADATA XPG Z1 DDR4 3000 MHz CL18-18-18 1.35V
16 GB ADATA XPG Z1 DDR4 2400 MHz CL16-16-16 1.20V
Provided by: ADATA
HDD:Western Digital 320 GB 7200 RPM
SSD:ADATA Premier Pro SP920 MLC 256 GB
ADATA Ultimate SU800 3D TLC 256 GB
ADATA Premier SP550 TLC 240 GB
Provided by: ADATA
Power Supply:Seasonic Platinum Series 660 W ATX 2.3
Provided by: Seasonic
Cooling:Air Cooling Mini-ITX: Thermalright AXP-100R
Air Cooling mATX: Thermalright Macho 90
Air Cooling ATX: Thermalright Macho 120
Provided by: PC-COOLING.de

Assembly


Installing the motherboard is done by simply using traditional spacers and screws. There is plenty of space above the board, so you may route cables or install a radiator without issue. With no 3.5'' drive bays in front, not even a thick radiator will interfere with the vast majority of GPUs out there.


The Aerocool P7-C1 comes with flexible plastic trays. They are quite sturdy even though the drive is held in place by plastic pins. Rubber rings around these act as a measure against vibrations. Once you have placed the drive into the tray, slide it back in until it snaps into place securely.


SSDs require the use of tools as you have to secure them to these metal trays with traditional screws. Once mounted, you can put the tray into one of four positions and use the thumbscrew to keep it in place.


Installing the power supply is quite straightforward as well. Slide it into the chassis underneath the shroud and secure it with traditional screws. There is enough space to fit most units out there. You won't have to worry about whether you'll be able to fit a unit capable of supplying an adequate amount of power for powerful components.


Once everything is installed, the P7-C1 makes a clean impression thanks to the shroud. Only the audio cable and two leads from the fan in front disturb the look a bit. All the cable mess is hidden behind the motherboard tray, but I had to get a bit creative with securing the cables properly as there is very little space and an inadequate number of hooks for zip ties, which could cause some issues if you choose to install SSDs there.

Finished Looks


With the side and glass panels back in place, the P7-C1 lights up in quite the obvious fashion. In the rear, everything is where you would expect to find it, and the glass gives you an unobstructed view of what makes your system tick. You can clearly see the memory LED and motherboard status lights through the tinted panel.


The power button lights up blue in the front of the top, right at the edge. It is not very strong but should be visible in darker surroundings.

LED Colors Gallery

The Aerocool P7-C1 comes with an RGB lighting element in front. You may cycle through the colors by pressing the button next to the power switch at the top of the chassis. The gallery below illustrates which colors you can pick from.

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