Chassis PC Hardware

A closer look at the AeroCool Rift RGB Case

A couple of weeks ago, we posted a PC Build video on our Facebook page featuring the AeroCool Rift mid tower computer case. Now, let’s take a quick look at what this budget RGB case could offer.

The case features a stylish front panel with an RGB strip and transparent acrylic side panel to show off the computer’s internals. It has a lot of connectivity options such as USB 3.0 and a dedicated memory card reader supporting SD, microSD, SDHC, microSDHC, SDXC, and microSDXC.

The case supports up to ATX motherboards, it has a CPU cooler clearance up to 155mm and a GPU length clearance up to 346mm.

Unlike other budget cases within it’s price range, the AeroCool Rift has two hard drive trays for 3.5” drives and several areas that can accommodate up to five 2.5” drives. It also has a PSU shroud and a decent cable management routing on the back of the motherboard area.

A decent clearance between the fans and the front panel is provided for air to go through. There’s even a vent on the left-side of the front panel that allows air to go in.

Quick specs
  • Steel Thickness – 0.5mm
  • Motherboard support – ATX/micro ATX/mini-ITX
  • Case Dimensions (Internal) – 188 x 430 x 375mm (W x H x D)
  • Case Dimensions (Overall) – 195 x 461 x 411mm (W x H x D)
  • 3.5” Drive Bays 2 Max. – (2 x 3.5”/2.5″)
  • 2.5” Drive Bays 5 Max. – (3 x 2.5” and 2 x 2.5”/3.5”)
  • Expansion Slots – 7
  • GPU Clearance Supports GPU up to 346mm / 371mm (without front fan)
  • CPU Cooler Clearance Supports CPU Cooler up to 155mm
  • Air Cooling Front: 120mm x 3 (Optional)
  • Top: 120mm x 1 (Optional)
  • Rear: 120mm x 1 (Includes 120mm Fan)
  • Supports VGA Fan – 120mm x 2 (Optional)
  • Liquid Cooling Front – 120mm Radiator (Optional)I/O Ports USB3.0 x 1 | USB2.0 x 2 | HD Audio & Mic.| SD Card ReaderNet Weight/Gross Weight 3.7kg (8.16 lbs.)/5.0kg (11.2 lbs.)
  • Internal Cable Management Depth 20mm
  • Power Supply ATX PSU (Up to 180mm, Optional)
Final thoughts

It’s a good looking case for those who want to show off some RGB but I won’t be personally be putting in large cooling components inside this case because they wouldn’t fit.

I use a Noctua NH-D15 (165mm) or NH-U12S (158mm) for my builds which will not fit in this case because it would definitely break or scratch the acrylic side panel. Ideally, something like the Cryorig H7 Quad Lumi (145mm) is okay while something like the DeepCool Gammaxx GT RGB (156mm) would be at the limit. If tower heatsinks aren’t your thing, 120mm Liquid AIO is definitely the way for some fancy looking internals.

The included memory card reader is a good additional feature as there aren’t many cases offering it but it’s not technically fast (USB 2.0 speeds).

At the SRP of Php2,050, the AeroCool Rift is a good budget case with a lot of features: (memory card reader, drive trays, and RGB lighting) compared to other cases in it’s price range. A good choice for those who want to build a basic RGB gaming rig. RGB definitely sells in this era of PC building.

Pros
  • RGB front panel is bright and the acrylic side panel can really satisfy an RGB enthusiast.
  • Decent airflow. Good enough for mid-tier components.
  • Has a lot of fan mounting for different configurations.
  • Has enough depth (20mm) for cable management on the back.
  • Memory card reader is definitely a huge plus because I can’t think of anything else in this price range that has that feature.
    Cons
  • CPU and GPU clearance may not be enough for everyone especially those who like to use large CPU towers.
  • Mounting a 240mm rad AIO on the front panel can be complicated so it’s ideal to go with a 120mm rad AIO on the rear exhaust.
  • Front panel RGB strip is not addressable by software. It has it’s own controller which is powered directly on the PSU.
Ira James
Ira James is an enthusiast who has his roots on PC hardware and gaming. His career as a tech journalist began after working in the PR industry for two years. He started GGWPTech to write PC hardware reviews, gaming, cyber security, and enterprise tech news. His works are also syndicated by other media publishers: Tech Sabado, and the Sunday and Business I.T. section of Manila Times.

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