Aerocool launches budget GT, GT Advance cases
November 13, 2013 // 10:53 a.m.
Aerocool has officially announced two new cases aimed firmly at the budget end of the market: the Aerocool GT and Aerocool GT Advance, both targeting the gamer on a budget.
Available in both black and white finishes, highlighted in red and blue respectively, both cases offer room for up to three case fans: front and rear 120mm fans, of which a single colour-matched fan is included at the rear on the GT with the GT Advance gaining an LED-lit front-fan as well, plus an optional 120mm or 140mm fan on the side panel. Both are constructed primarily from 0.5mm SECC steel - the material of choice for budget cases.
The appearance, themed clearly to appeal to those who like extraneous detail on their case exterior, is near-identical across both models. Each measures 430mm in height by 200mm width and 440mm depth and support ATX and micro-ATX motherboards. Both also feature two external 5.25" drive bays with tool-free mounts and three 3.5" internal bays with one doing double-duty as a 2.5" SSD bay if required. Seven expansion slots are included, with graphics cards of 293mm in length and CPU coolers of up to 158mm in height being supported.
Where the cases differ, aside in the provision of fans, is in the front-mounted input-output panel: where the entry-level GT model features just two USB 2.0 ports and HD Audio connectivity for a microphone and headphones, the GT Advance swaps out one USB 2.0 port for a faster USB 3.0.
The case includes features borrowed from Aerocool's higher-end models, with pre-drilled water-cooling holes featuring at the rear - protected by the usual rubber grommets - and cable management ports featuring on both models. A single washable dust filter is also included, although this is placed oddly at the base of the case where the PSU mounts rather than at the front fan intake point.
Designed, the company claims, to round-out its GT family - which includes the high-end GT-S and mid-range GT-R - the new GT models are priced to sell: the Aerocool GT has a recommended retail price of €24.30 in black or €25 in white, with the GT Advance priced at €25 in black and €29 in white. Early listings from UK retailers suggest this translates to around £22 for the GT and £26 for the GT Advance.