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Raijintek Asterion Plus, Can this case fit all of your PC parts? 0 1326

Today, we take a look at another case by Raijintek.  This time we are going to be examining one of their larger cases, the Asterion Plus.  The Plus has two acrylic side panels that have handles built in, but you can also get the Classic which has Tempered Glass side panels.

Case Specification:


  • Dimensions: (WxDxH) 230x470x525 mm
  • Weight: 18.7 lbs or 8.5 Kg
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Colors: Black or Silver
  • Motherboard Support: E-ATX, ATX, M-ATX, M-ITX
  • Drive bay Storage: 3X3.5” hdd, 6X2.5” hdd/ssd
  • Expansion slots: 8 tool free PCI slots
  • Power Supply: Standard ATX, Modular is suggested
  • Cooling System: Rear Fan: 120/140mm x 1 (pre-installed), Top fan: 120mm x 3 or 240/280/360mm Radiator, Front Fan: 120mm x 3 (2 pre-installed) or 240/280/360mm Radiator
  • CPU Cooler Height: 180 mm
  • GPU Card Length: 340 mm
  • Side panel: Aluminum with Acrylic windows on both sides (Classic side panels are Tempered Glass)
  • Front I/O: Power Button with power LED
  • Top I/O: 4 x USB 3.0, Headphone Jack, Microphone Jack

Unboxing

Front of the Case Box

When this box arrived I knew this was going to be a big case.  The box alone comes close to the height of my desk.  This is great however, because I have mainly been reviewing Micro ATX and Mini ITX cases, so this is refreshing.  The cardboard that the box is made of is a little thin.

Rear of the Case Box, with a little shipping damage
Side of the Case Box with Specifications

After opening the Styx, I was surprised to see soft cell foam and a plastic bag inside the box, which does a great job of protecting the case.

Unboxing of the case with soft cell foam and a plastic bag

A bag inside is included, which holds several bags of screws and cable ties that are included with the case.

Included accessories bag

A Closer Look at the Case

When Taking a closer look at the entire case, its huge.  The Front, Top, Bottom and Side panels are all made out of aluminum.  The chassis feels very sturdy, but once again can be a finger print magnet, which is why I opted for the silver case.  Every panel in this case is is secured with screws, which is great news if you happen to be a modder, because you can easily take apart this case to customize and paint it to your liking. The Front is a solid piece of aluminum that has the Raijintek logo.

Front of the Case

The right side panel is two pieces of aluminum with an acrylic window that has a handle built in.

Right Side of the Case

There are also magnets at the top and bottom of the side panel to help secure the panel to the chassis. The left side panel is exactly like the right side.

Left Side of the case

Both side panels are on hinges. The Top of the case has a large 360mm dust filter.

Top of the Case with a 360mm Dust filter

The filter is removed by pushing a release tab on the inside of the case.  The bottom of the case has ventilation for the PSU.

Bottom of the Case with Two 120mm Fan Filters

There are also two dust filters at the front and rear, which are secured by screws.  The rear of the case has a 120mm exhaust fan at the bottom and 8 PCI expansion slots with a cover over the securing points.

Rear of the Case

 

A Closer Look at the inside

Looking at the inside of the case, the motherboard tray is large and can accommodate E-ATX.  There is an opening above the motherboard tray to pass cables, along with many rubber grommets situated around the tray.

Inside Main Chamber

There are also cut-outs below the tray to be able to pass cables. On top of the PSU shroud there are two mounting spots for ssds.  Along with grommets there are several spots on the front to be able to mount a water cooling pump or reservoir.  The front of the case as mentioned before is a solid piece of aluminum and there are slits around the front that let air inside the case.

Another View of Main Chamber

There is a removable front fan filter, but to remove the filter you must remove the entire front of the case, which is screwed in.  The PSU is covered by a shroud to hide some of the cable clutter.  There is also a place to mount two 3.5” drives below the PSU shroud.  There is a decent amount of room behind the motherboard try for cable routing.

Back side of the Motherboard Tray

Test System and Build Impressions

Finished Build with Side Panel On Pic 2

The system being put in this case is my test bench setup.  It consists of the following parts:

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700x
  • Motherboard: Asus Crosshair VI Hero
  • Memory: GSkill Flare X 16gb 3200 mhz
  • GPU: Powercolor RX Vega 64
  • CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i v2
  • Storage: Crucial MX300 525gb m.2 ssd, Corsair Neutron GTX 120 gb ssd, Sandisk Ultra II 240gb ssd
  • PSU: Corsair RM 1000x 1000w

The build went together pretty quickly with the vast amount of room, I normally have for a build (I mainly build ITX systems).  The instructions are in black and white but are very clear.  The 3.5” drives have sleds that you can insert the drive into.  There are also enough 8 grommets for you to screw into your ssds to mount that either on the back of the motherboard tray or on top of the PSU shroud.  I was easily able to route all my cables with the multiple cable cutouts, rubber grommets and tie down points at the back of the case.  There is plenty of room at the front and top of the case to be able to mount fans and radiators without any interferences.

Cable Management

There is also a decent amount of room beneath the PSU shroud to be able to house unused cables.  I would like to see more ssd grommets provided to be able to mount ssds to motherboard tray and the PSU shroud at the same time.  Cable management between the motherboard tray and the side panel would be appreciated for those large 24 pin cables.  I used a 1000w PSU with a pretty big 24 pin cable and which it does fit, it took some finessing of the acrylic/aluminum side panel to fit on the case.  One great thing about the doors once again is that there are tiny magnets at the top and bottom to be able to assist in keeping the side panels closed.

Finished Build with Side Panel On


RAIJINTEK STYX / STYX CLASSIC No Power Supply MicroATX Case w/ Window (Black)

Design10
Features10
Building Ease9
Asthetics9.3
Accessories9.2
9.5 out of 10
Pros • Price for an Aluminum Premium Case • Aluminum/Steel Construction • Water Cooling Support • Large Acrylic side panel windows with handles • Three included 120mm fans • Many cable cutouts and rubber grommets to route cables • Hinged side panels with magnets to help secure the panels to the chassis Cons • Can be a Fingerprint magnet (Especially if you have black case) • Not much room behind the motherboard tray for a thick 24-pin cable. • Front dust filter can only be accessed by removing the front of the case • More2.5” grommets needed to be able to mount more than 2 ssds in the case Bottom Line Overall this has been one of my favorite cases to build in. It has ample amount of room for GPUs, storage and it even supports custom water cooling. The aluminum construction not only adds its great looks, but also make the case very sturdy without weighing to much at all. While it could have been a different build experience with tempered glass side panels, I am glad that I received the Asterion Plus with the acrylic windows with a great handle to assist in opening the side panel. It’s also great to see that there are multiple mounting locations throughout the case for all your ssds and hard drives.
Ron is gamer from the United States, who has been in love with technology since high school and building PC's since 2012. He's been playing games since he was 7 years old. Now 32, when he's not gaming or on social media, he's thinking about new computer builds to accomplish.

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