I have the privilege of another personal review for Raidmax. The Agustaís bold but sleek design makes it stand out. The case is packed with all the features you would expect in its class with included fans, water cooling support for internal and external setups, USB 3.0, five 5.25Ē. Will this sleek designed case enriched in features meet your requirements? Read on to find out more.
Specs and Packaging
The front of the box features the design of the front of the case with the case name underneath in a Bold font making it stand out. On the top right, Raidmax includes their logo and website directly on the front claiming ownership of their design.
The back of the box with a white background highlights feature locations such as their case design, top mounted USB ports, fan controllers, cable management, drive sleds and the door handles.
The side of the box includes the color options the case comes in but doesnít specify which case is packaged; below the pictures are the basic specifications.
Itís not very often that we have something to share about the top, here we have a handle on the top of the box making it easier to carry.
Opening up the box, were greeted with a secured case packed between thick Styrofoam padding and the Raidmax cloth bag keeping the case from being damaged or scratched in transit.
Finally we get to check out this beast of a case take a look at the exterior features and design. Letís start with the front of the case. On the top section we find three 5.25Ē external bays. Below that, we find the front design that extends out giving some character.
Hereís a closer look at the external bays.
Didnít they say there are five external bays? Looking at the bottom section of the front, we find that the titanium design is actually a door that reveals two hidden bays.
Letís move on to the left side of the case. We find that the door extends adding character with a small window towards the back of the case. Taking a closer look at the bottom section, we find another door that opens up for the hard drive bays. There is a single 80mm intake fan in the front and dual 80mm exhaust fans at the rear.
Moving to the rear of the case. Towards the top, we find the opening for the I/O shield, the included 120mm exhaust fan. Seven expansion slots and to the right, we find three grommets allowing for external water cooling support with a bottom mounted power supply. Just underneath the power supply, we find the exhaust fans.
The right side of the case has a matching design as the left and also has the handle to easily pull the door off.
The base of the case also has an access door into the hard drive bays for wiring and cable management. Hereís a quick shot with both doors open.
A quick look at the bottom of the case is nothing to boast about. Although the case doesnít support fans on the bottom of the case, it has some hefty feet which elevate the case off the floor.
Moving up to the top of the case, we see the two USB 2.0 ports with the audio/mic jacks between them with a single USB 3.0 port to the right. Towards the front of the case is your power and reset buttons, a power LED and hard drive activity indicator. The knob on the left controls your fan speed for all included 120mm fans while the knob on the right is used for adjusting the brightness of the lights on the fan or turning the lights completely off.
A closer look
Letís take a closer look at the face. I had a difficult time removing the front face cover to maintain the intake fans. After fighting with the cover trying not to force it and break it, I found that there are five screws that hold it on. Hereís a quick look with the cover off and the location of the screws.
The rear exhaust fans on the bottom are easier to get to and maintain, just remove the four screws on the corners and pull it off.
Now that we covered the extensive exterior, letís check out the features inside. The motherboard tray comes with standoffs preinstalled and fits Mini ATX and ATX motherboards and has a large opening for access to the CPU block from the rear.
The Agusta comes with a standard 120 mm non-LED exhaust fan on the rear and two 120 mm green LED fans on top.
The seven expansion slots also use thumbscrews to hold components in place. With the three grommeted holes right next to them for external water cooling.
The bottom mounted power supply, although it doesnít have feet keeping it off the case, there are vents on the floor that pulls air from the bottom section where the hard drives are stored.
Since the hard drives are stored underneath the main chassis, Raidmax has included two very thin cable management slots to the bottom section.
Letís move to the front of the inside where the external bays are. The five external bays are tool-less installation, give a quick turn and lock the component in place.
With the split design, the 120 mm green LED intake fan is in the center and offering mounting points for 2.5Ē drives to be installed flush allowing cool air to pass through.
As we check out the backside of the motherboard tray for cable management, we find the preinstalled wires are already routed. There are a total of four open connectors, two from the fan control and another two for the lighting control knob which are clearly labeled on the wire.
The bottom section holds six sleds which support both 2.5Ē and 3.5Ē drives.
Hereís a closer look at the sled itself.
Here is what we used for this build.
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990fx R2.0
CPU: AMD FX-6300
GPU: EVGA 550 ti
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB (2◊8)
PSU: NZXT Hale90 V2 1000w
DRIVES: 320GB Western Digital 2.5″ and a 2TB Western Digital 3.5″
Cpu Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper N520
While thereís not much room for hiding immediate cables with the configuration, it seems to be pretty clean once we get away from the power supply.
The hard drives were installed on the far right sleds which doesnít seem to be very visible but whose going to keep the doors open and constantly look at drives. The bottom cable management holes were used to run power/sata cables as well as some excess cable length.
Hereís a closer look at the top of the case and top grommet. As we can see, there is plenty of room for a 240 mm radiator. However, the 24 pin cable barely fit through due to its thickness.
Hereís a closer look near the power supply, I would have liked to see the sides of that huge hole being covered with a grommet, luckily thereís no sharp edges.
Look at all that empty space for reservoirs and pumps. Maybe even mount another radiator in there.
Hereís a quick shot of the cable management in back. Watch the thickness as it will get tight.
Here are a few shots of the front with the lights running.
A quick shot of the top exhaust fans.
While the Agusta is an impressive case it sure does have a very unique configuration. The Raidmax Agusta supports eight hard drives, five 5.25Ē external bays and seven expansion slots and three grommets to support external water cooling setups. A total of seven fans canít go wrong with the hard drives having dedicated air flow.
The one thing that really needed to be worked on was the size of the cable management slots on the motherboard tray and section between the case and hard drive housing area. On that note, it would be a good idea to add some protection to the main access hole near the power supply. Another small issue I seen is only having a single USB 3.0 port.
Other than some minor cable management issues, the Agusta lived up to the Raidmax reputation in my eyes. The unique design with split levels and the external character can really bring some attention to gamers along with exceptional performance and air flow.
At the time of the review, this particular edition of the Raidmax Agusta is listed at $109.99 newegg.com and comes with a manufactures one year warranty.