The Aerocool X-Predator II has vents on the top panel which can be opened using the slider just between the first vents. These types of vents are usually quite gimmicky but the Aerocool set up is a much better design. Due to the quality and look of the plastics, the vents open smoothly and they look like super car vents. We didn’t think the vents would work well, but they do provide a good exhaust window for the chassis and the top fans.
The front and back are all about airflow, with a sizable front panel intake and most sections of the rear vented, even the PCI backing plates are basically stamped mesh, the Aerocool X-Predator II doesn’t look like it will restrict airflow.
The PSU gets some airflow treatment as well, with the now common place PSU removable dust filter. All the removable dust filters are washable. The PSU compartment has an isolating gasket around the internal mounting section. This will help with any vibration from and to the PSU.
All of the 5.25″ drive bays are fitted with a tool-free locking system. There are three externally and a fourth internally. The 5.25″ drive bays section is just below the main I/O panel and there are a lot of cables at the very top of the section. You’re going to need some cable management skills depending on your final setup. Even though we do not use optical drives anymore, it’s good to see such a large amount of space given up just for 5.25″ drive bay applications, including a drive bay reservoir or your own fan controller if the Aerocool doesn’t suit you.