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AeroCool StrikeX-Air Black SECC Open Case Computer Case

  • SECC Open Case
  • 1 x USB3.0 / 3 x USB2.0 / 2 HD Audio Front Ports
  • 3x5.25" ODD External 5.25" Drive Bays
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • larry m.
  • 4/8/2015 9:50:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggslooks kool but garbage

Pros: the sleek design is awesome

Cons: the case does NOT allow for large video cards as the 220mm fan will rub up against them.
also originally strike cases were supposed to come with their own power supplies . now we get robbed for that too

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  • Jeremy M.
  • 1/5/2015 4:49:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsPoorest Quality Case I Ever Pruchased

Pros: Looks interesting from the pictures.

Cons: Craftsmenship, Quality, Aesthics, Fitting, Quality Control, Materials

Other Thoughts: I acquired this in 2013. I was replacing a CM Stormtrooper. Big mistake. I had a Corsair H100i Unit and had to improvise when mounting the radiator. The unit's top door with the large fan is actually also sold seperately as a laptop cooler. It didn't fit the rest of the unit and was always crooked. The screws that attached the PSU housing never stayed attached. Now the real problem lies in QC. The hot swap bay had some kind of short in it that quite literally permanently killed my drive, of which I was unfortunate enough to not have any backups. To this day the company refused to pay for my repair. I gave up after 2 months of sending emails. This thing is total and absolute garbage, but considering the brand, that isn't all that surprising. My advice, if you want something different, if you are on a budget go with Cooler Master. The rest of my gear went right back into the Stormtrooper once the Open Air fried my drive. If you aren't on a budget, go with Case Labs. This plastic junk is for amatures.

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  • Doug J.
  • 12/31/2014 2:29:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBest case for the tinkerer

Pros: Open, spacious, easy to carry if you need. Excellent for if you (like me) are constantly working on your machine and if with traditional cases you always have the side panel off.

Cons: Some of the material feels flimsy. The radiator mount for liquid cooling is awkward and could be better, but with some modification it works fine. My large PSU (1200 watt corsair) barely has room to plug in all of the modular cables. Routing them was a pain, easier to route it before putting the PSU in. Only 3 hard drive bays compared to 3 optical bays, but remedied with some extra hardware to mount more HDs in an optical bay

Other Thoughts: Because this case is so non-traditional it is bound to have problems in some areas with different configurations, however for me they all could be worked around. Once you get it together it is by far the best case to have if you tinker around your motherboard alot.

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  • Bernadene H.
  • 8/2/2014 4:21:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUnique design that may not be for everyone.

Pros: SUPER easy to work on almost anything you need to work on.

Open air design promotes very cool temps.

Good case for an SLI or Cross-fire configuration.

Holes for cable management are abundant and well placed, as well as multiple spots to use the included zip-ties to tidy things up undernead the case.

Cons: Power-switch LED was DOA. Contacted Aerocool customer support to see about a replacement board. I don't want to have to RMA the entire thing for one LED.

I knew this before buying, but there's only 3 2.5/3.5 drive bays, and 3 5.25 ODD bays. Adding a 4th 2.5/3.5 bay wouldn't have killed the design of the case, and aside from the monitoring units that Aerocool sells, who needs 3 Optical Drive bays? They could have still had 3 ODD bays, and included a 4th HDD bay.

The rear rail, for mounting cooling radiators, is "secured" into the plastic frame with screws. They should have molded metal mounts into the plastic to allow a more solid attachement. The rail has some play in it, but can't be tightened any tighter because the screws just spin because the plastic isn't rigid enough to allow them be tightened anymore.

As was stated before, there isn't anything to hide the wires that you have neatly managed underneath the case, but that shouldn't be an issue unless the case is sitting at, or above eye-level.

Other Thoughts: Can be a Pro or a Con depending on the person, but make no mistake, this case is BIG. Approximately 2 feet wide, and 1.5-2 feet deep. The images online don't do it justice, it really is enormous. This can be good for someone wanting to run multiple video cards and include a robust water-cooling system.

Other's have claimed that the PSU brackets are cheap and break too easy, but I have not found this to be the case as long you don't try to man-handle everything. The extra PSU brackets are included maybe as replacements, but this case is also designed as a test-bed for people who constantly swap out components. It's easier to have a few PSUs with brackets already mounted on them instead of swapping the bracket everytime you want to swap the power supply. I popped in and removed my PSU multiple times and not once was I afraid that I was going to break the bracket.

The overall theme of case is black and red, but my wife wanted blue and red. I got the Aerocool blue 200mm fan (the design is slightly different from the red one that comes on this case, but a little "modification" allowed us to mount it), and I got an Aerocool blue 120mm fan and was able to easily replace the original red fan. The blue and red actually go quite well together.

If you have the surface area real-estate on your desk, this is a good case for anyone that likes to tinker and adjust things regularly, or for someone that just likes the appeal of a unique design.

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  • Michael W.
  • 7/26/2014 10:14:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsI have actually owned, built in, and returned this junker.

Pros: Looks cool.
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No really, that's the only pro. Seriously.

Cons: Okay, where to begin...
Oh so horrifyingly cheap craftsmanship. Chassis arrived dented and bent in many places inspite of the thick shroud of foam in the massive box. The PSU bracket is thick plastic, with thin clips that snap VERY easily. They included two spares, which means they are aware of this! There is no under-carriage panel to seal off your cabling under the motherboard tray. Motherboard stand-offs are not standard threading, they use M3 threading same as ODD screws. Top fan has annoying motor-noise that's roughly 25 dBa in volume. Unless you bend the core of the fan away from the mesh top, it'll clip it repeatedly at full speed due to pressure resistance caused by the mesh.

Other Thoughts: Overall, the only reason you should even want this chassis is the original and frankly rather immature/childish look. While aesthetics is personal opinion; I used to like this look. I bought it because I liked the look, and it functionally served the kind of water-cooling setup I wanted. The absurdly poor quality set me off and made me return it promptly after having taken the time to rebuild my current PC into it, then take it apart and rebuild back into the old chassis. That much effort is how much I disliked the quality of this chassis. Oh and it's INSANELY bigger than the images would have you believe. It's XL-ATX compatible and I'll bet an HPTX would fit too but no mounting capability. On top of that, there is clearance of about 60mm between an XL-ATX board and the PSU/drive tower on the left. Most CPU power cables WILL NOT REACH that far.

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  • richard c.
  • 7/7/2014 12:49:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsWierdest tower design yet

Pros: I do not own this (yet). But this has to be the strangest design I have ever seen. I gave it 5 star for originality.

Cons: The only con might be that back has no protection, but there may be a good reason for that.

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