One of the newest released of the Aerocool is the Aerocool Bolt RGB, it is an RGB mid-tower chassis that covers a wide variety of motherboards and also packed with many cool features aside from the RGB lightings. Aerocool has been in the PC case market for more than two decades now. This time around, they are introducing the Bolt. Packing an acrylic side panel and 13 RGB lighting modes, will the Aerocool Bolt be worth your hard-earned cash? Let’s find out.
Table of Contents
What’s in the box
The Aerocool Bolt is shipped in a card board box with adequate packing to prevent any shipping damages.
The contents of the box include:
- Aerocool Bolt RGB Case
- Cable Ties
- Installation Guide
The contents are all you need for your build and hopefully all you need is a screwdriver to install all the components in the case.
One of the main features a case should have, is none else but aesthetics. The Aerocool Bolt RGB has a unique design other than the usual system unit chassis being released nowadays.
One design that may catch your attention is the carbon fiber style in the front panel that gives off the futuristic gamer style. This design approach is unique and is really attractive for the people who are really into PC aesthetics.
The mid tower case is eye catching as well as spacious enough to accommodate much of the PC hardware without any hassle or blocking the airflow.
The side panel is made of acrylic, which has a benefit of making the case light in weight as compared to the tempered glass panel. However, this means it could be easily scratched and cracked. Though it was very durable and did not scratch during our testing, but still, I would rather have a tempered glass instead of acrylic.
On the back, we see pretty much the standard design. A fan vent on top, then grilles for expansion slot, a cutout for motherboards and a PSU slot at the bottom.
The bottom of the case is plain, with a fan vent present. There is a dust filter on top and the bottom. The absence of the dust filter in the front is huge flaw in our opinion. Too much dust enter from the front and while reviewing, we had so much dust accumulated already in the case.
The right side of the case is plain with an expansion, allowing much of the cable management to accommodate there but unfortunately we had trouble fitting all the cables in the back.
|Case Type||Mid Tower|
|Case Dimensions (Overall)||194 x 444 x 410mm (W x H x D)|
|5.25” Drive Bays||0|
|3.5” Drive Bay||2|
|2.5” Drive Bay||2|
|GPU Clearance||Supports GPU up to 355mm (without front fan)|
|CPU Cooler Clearance||Supports CPU coolers up to 155mm|
|I/O Ports||USB 3.0 x 1 | USB 2.0 x 2 | HD Audio & Mic. | LED Control Button | Power Button|
|Air Cooling System||Front: 120mm x 3 (Optional)|
Top: 120mm x 2 (Optional)
Rear: 120mm x 1 (Included)
Supports VGA Fan: 120mm x 2 (Optional)
|Liquid Cooling||Front: 240mm Radiator (Optional)|
|Net Weight/Gross Weight||3.38kg/4.10kg|
|Internal Cable Management Depth||24mm|
|Power Supply||ATX PSU (Optional)|
The case comes with a pre-installed rear exhaust fan of 120mm dimensions. No other fans included, which is a deal breaker in our opinion.
Compatibility & Clearance
The case is capable of accommodating much PC hardware with ease. Airflow is not a problem here, but the cable management is. This Aerocool Bolt case was fun to put together in a test system but fitting all the cables in the back was a painstaking task.
A full sized PSU was easily fit inside the case. We had trouble with cable management, so we’d suggest you use a fully modular PSU to ease your life a little more 😉
Since the front fans are optional, and did not come with the case, we mounted the Noctua Nf A12x25 fans in the front to improve the airflow. Personally, absence of the fans in front and top is a deal breaker for me, and I would personally ditch a case just for this very reason.
The Aerocool stock Fan was pre-installed in the rear, and we did not change it.
The CPU cooler installed is Noctua D15. It is a pretty big cooler but this case handled it pretty well and it was well accommodated inside Aerocool Bolt case.
The airflow is not a problem with this case, it can fit an AIO on top or front as well.
A 240mm radiator can be mounted on the top of the case with ease or a 360mm radiator can be mounted on the front of the case.
On the top side panel of the Aerocool Bolt RGB, you can see a USB 3.0 x 1, USB 2.0 x 2, an HD Audio & Mic. socket, LED Control Button and the Power Button.
There is an HDD and a power LED on the front I/O as well. Other than that, we can not see any other I/O port.
You can access the 13 preset lighting modes just by pressing the LED Control Button which is convenient and you can just see the Control Button on the top side panel of the chassis. Although it doesn’t support RGB sync technologies from other brands, it does come with 13 preset lighting modes. The modes can be changed via large button at the top of the case. The RGB strips for the lighting are powered by a SATA connection instead of an aging MOLEX connector.
My feelings for this case are mixed. I can not decide if I should recommend this case to any one or not. For me, only the side acrylic panel is deal breaker and I would ditch this case only for that reason alone.The acrylic side panel of the Aerocool Bolt is smoked to add flash to your build. Though not as premium as tempered glass, acrylic side panels don’t break unexpectedly. It is a bit of a fingerprint magnet and it can be easily scratched so handling it with care is an absolute necessity.
Priced at PKR 9200 or about $50 at the time of review, the Aerocool Bolt looks more premium than it actually is. Aercool has made several sacrifices to make the case cheaper to reach a larger audience. The tight cable management system, low amount of drive support, and a lack of front intake dust filter might turn off some people.
However, if you are a person who is more into gimmicks and aesthetics than anything else, this this case is ideal for you.
In would conclude by saying that if you are someone with not much hardware to fit inside a case, need a proper case with good ventilation and aesthetics at a price that is not heavy on your pocket, than this case is best for you.