Overall Score 4.2  

Test Build

We used some of our current and most recent test components, including the Gigabyte Z170 G1 Sniper motherboard and the Cryorig H5 Ultimate CPU Cooler. We deliberately do not spend much time cabling though we used all the cable ties in this build due to the fan controller.

We only used a couple of ties to hold down a couple of cables at the back. We didn’t include an optical drive as we don’t use them anymore. This is the build used in the last few chassis reviews which can be found here.

Test Setupi7 LGA1151
ProcessorIntel i7-6700K
GraphicsZotac Amp GTX980 Ti
MotherboardGigabyte Z170 G1 Sniper
MemoryCrucial Ballistix Sport LT White DDR4
Drives2x Crucial MX200 500Gb SSD
1x Western Digital 4TB Red
CoolerCryorig H5 Ultimate CPU Cooler

On with the test build shots;

Aerocool X-Predator II

As you can see, despite an ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 22.5cm, the Gigabyte Z170 G1 Sniper is still a little dwarfed by the Aerocool X-Predator II. This was always expected, but it’s remarkable when you see it installed for the first time.

From the front there isn’t much of a cable mess, everything fits and is positioned nicely for the installed components. The rear CPU opening is big enough for most cooler installations without removing the motherboard. We’ve installed a couple of SSDs and a HDD, though we didn’t cable the HDD as we normally place it as a dummy unit for test purposes.

Component Compatibility
Consumer Experience