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Enermax Ostrog Giant review

  • Enermax Ostrog Giant
  • Enermax Ostrog Giant
  • Enermax Ostrog Giant
  • Enermax Ostrog Giant

Verdict:

Great build quality and lots of features, but it's not the most attractive case

Review Date: 13 Mar 2013

Price when reviewed: £78

Buy it now for: £57
(see more store prices)

Supplier: http://www.pixmania.co.uk

Reviewed By: Katharine Byrne

Our Rating 4 stars out of 5

User Rating 4 stars out of 5

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The oddly-named Enermax Ostrog Giant is one case that's very hard to miss, thanks to its blocky-looking front panel with coloured LEDs. It's available in two models: one with blue lights (ECA3280-B-F) and one with red lights (ECA3280-B-BR-F). Its lights certainly help this case stand-out from the crowd, but it does feel a little gimmicky and you may want to go with something that's slightly-less intrusive instead.

Enermax Ostrog Giant

You can turn the lights off using the switch on the front panel, which also houses two USB3 and two USB ports, plus the headphone and microphone jacks.

There's certainly no complaints from us in terms of build quality and room inside. There are eight 3.5in tool-free drive bays (arranged into two cages), which are mounted perpendicular to the motherboard, so that drive cables don't get in the way of expansion cards.

Enermax Ostrog Giant

However, the default configuration gives you just 286mm of room for a graphics card, which may not be enough for some high-end models. Fortunately, you can remove a the top drive cage, leaving a gap between the 5.25in bays and the lower drive cage for longer cards. There's also has a 2.5in drive cage for two SSDs, but this requires the use of a screwdriver.

At the top of the case are the three 5.25in drive bays. The bays' blanking plates were a bit fiddly to remove, but our optical drive slipped easily into place and the tool-free clips held it securely.

Enermax Ostrog Giant

Three fans come preinstalled (one 120mm and two 140mm), providing plenty of cooling for most systems. Should you need more fans, then you can fit a 200mm fan at the top (or two 140mm fans if you prefer) and up to five more 120mm fans.

With its high build quality and smart interior, there's a lot to like about the Enermax Ostrog GT. However, the design's not that great and we're not huge fans of the lights on the front, so we'd rather spend more on the more attractive Corsair Obsidian 550D.

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