Continuing on our tour of the external features of Strike-X ST we come to the front. Almost the entire front panel is constructed of plastic and has a design modelled on a military type of vehicle like a tank. The lower region has some areas of mesh because the underside features a 200mm red LED intake fan. Towards the top there are 4x 5.25” bay covers – these are removable from the outside of the case.
Around the back there is a space at the bottom for mounting the PSU and above this are up to 10x PCI expansion slot covers – each with airflow cut-outs. To the side of this section are 5x circular rubber grommets to assist with water-cooling tubing. Above this there is a mesh section for the 140 rear exhaust red LED fan. At the very top there is an additional spot for installing another PSU – to the side there are even more circular rubber grommets.
The front and back of Strike-X ST
At the top of Strike-X ST are the front panel controls. Here there is a selection of ports and buttons. Aerocool have included the following:
• 2x USB 3.0 ports (not via motherboard header - cables)
• 2x USB 2.0 ports
• Headphone and microphone jack
• Fan control – Side, Top, Front
• HDD docking station – 2.5” and 3.5” SATA drives
If you are wondering where the power/reset buttons are, they are on the front panel above. Overall some good features to be had. The knobs here do feel slightly flimsy though and there is disappointment when the USB ports have to route to the motherboard I/O rather than plugging directly into the motherboard header.
The front panel controls for Strike-X ST
Further back on this top panel is a large plastic cover with a mesh section in the middle – on the underside, within the chassis is a 200mm red LED fan. The discerning amongst you will realise this fan is actually further forward than most top case fans inside computer cases.
The top of Strike-X ST
On the underside of Strike-X ST are 4x rubber feet and a large section of mesh for both the PSU and attaching cooling fans. There is a thin plastic filter – but it has no handle and to get it removed you will need to turn the case on its side as pictured.
The underside of Strike-X ST
On the next page we will delve inside Strike-X ST to reveal the internal layout and features.