The BitFenix Aegis delivers on design, with internals that are unique yet functional and externals that are eye-catching but not excessive. Despite being a 43L mATX case, the Aegis holds huge hardware, especially when it comes to cooling.
Although the Aegis does focus on cooling support, it only ships with one 120mm fan. This isn't uncommon. We just reviewed three of the best sub-$70 cases and they all had a single 120mm exhaust fan, including the Silverstone KL05.
The thing is, the Aegis isn't a $70 case -- it's more like $100 to $110 by our estimate (it has yet to go on sale in the US). If that's accurate, then the Aegis would be 40% pricier than the Silverstone KL05 as well as the new mATX KL06.
In that territory, the Aegis is also competing with the Corsair Obsidian 350D, Corsair Carbide Air 240 and Silverstone Temjin TJ08B-E to name a few. Of those, the Obsidian 350D is likely the strongest competitor, but BitFenix has it beat.
The Aegis offers better support for mounting radiators and fans, not to mention superior storage capabilities and a front panel fan controller. In the end, we can't think of anything we'd change about the Aegis, excluding perhaps a lower price.
With our custom cooling in the Aegis, the Gigabyte R9 290X OC never exceeded 60 degrees (cooler than the 62 degrees it reaches on our open test bed) and the Core i5-4690K + Phanteks PH-TC14PE cooler peaked at 68 degrees.
It would have been great to check out the icon display Aegis as it looks like another unique feature that adds to the case's already palpable wow-factor. Having been so impressed with the blue version, we are keen to see the other colors in person.
Again, we would like to thank Asrock and Kingston for supplying hardware for this review -- the Z97M-Pro4 motherboard and HyperX Fury memory looked right at home.
Pros: Vibrant paint job, ample air and liquid cooling options, flexible storage, fan controller.
Cons: Relatively expensive for what it is. Picking the right color might keep you up at night.