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Enermax Ostrog Midi Tower PC Case Review

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THE OSTROG EXTERIOR

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Much like most PC Cases nowadays the Ostrog comes in black mate color and looks quite good if i might add.

 

 

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Instead of featuring a window on the left side panel our particular sample is focused on airflow over looks (there's also a version available with a side window).

 

 

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So here you can actually install two 120/140mm intake fans to drastically improve the airflow inside the case (the window version has room for 2x120mm ones).

 

 

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The front fascia is well designed with several edges that give the case an somewhat aggressive look.

 

 

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The Enermax logo is present on the top front of the fascia.

 

 

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The Ostrog features four 5.25" drive bays and one 3.5"/1.44FDD bay something we don't see much (most midi towers only have three 5.25" bays).

 

 

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A white meshed frame surrounds the front fascia adding to the overall looks of the unit (the same frame is also available in black, blue and red).

 

 

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The product name and logo is placed on the lowest end of the front fascia.

 

 

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The top I/O features one USB 3.0 port, 3 USB 2.0 ports, reset button, power on/off button, power LED, activity LED, headphone and microphone 3.5mm mini-jacks and the Enermax logo (placed right above it).

 

 

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At the top of the Ostrog you can also install up to 2x120/140m exhaust fans.

 

 

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As usual the rear of the case also features a black color but i was surprised to see a handle for easier removal of the left side panel.

 

 

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An 120mm exhaust fan is present on the rear of the case right beneath two water cooling grommets.

 

 

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Here we see the usual 7 PCI expansion slots.

 

 

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Moving to the lower end of the rear as expected we see the power supply space.

 

 

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Both plates are held in place with rubber coated thumbscrews.

 

 

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Taking a look at the bottom of the case we see two a large removable air filter placed right beneath the PSU spot and 4 round rubber feet.

 

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Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago by LaPlamis #827
Nice case....Not very small nor very large.....Wish it was available in pink
Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago by ispasion22 #823
I prefer the classics of Antec or Fractal models because they are already upgraded with each release and can be found everywhere.
The others would be less accessible and at higher prices, without making a difference.
Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago by dacul #818
Here is a good case. Still i don't like the position of the front panel ports.
www.nzxt.com/product/detail/120-H630.html
Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago by ispasion22 #813
Unfortunately there is no perfect case.
Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago by Freedom #805
MadChoppa wrote:
freedom wrote:
Well USb ports at the top are convenient but you do have to worry about dust. However it's not hard to use a plastic cover or something over it, there are plenty around.

Some thoughts about convenience of usb ports, power/reset buttons and outs placing. Did you notice that placing them on top of the case is convenient only if the case is placed on the floor(or under the desk)(,where it accumulates LOTS of dust). While placing case on desk, especially if interior is eye-catching/modded, with such ports/buttons layout seems very inconvenient. Did I missed something?


Well 9 out of 10 people i know place their towers on the ground next to their screens so the I/O at the top is the best solution for them.
For people who place their towers on their desks side/front USB ports would be easier to use but we are not talking about a full tower, the Ostrog is quite short so it should be quite easy to use the top I/O.
Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago by MadChoppa #801
freedom wrote:
Well USb ports at the top are convenient but you do have to worry about dust. However it's not hard to use a plastic cover or something over it, there are plenty around.

Some thoughts about convenience of usb ports, power/reset buttons and outs placing. Did you notice that placing them on top of the case is convenient only if the case is placed on the floor(or under the desk)(,where it accumulates LOTS of dust). While placing case on desk, especially if interior is eye-catching/modded, with such ports/buttons layout seems very inconvenient. Did I missed something?
Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago by ana3mic #796
Thanks for the review, looks like a nice budget case. As for the dust my 690 II has the USBs on top and I never covered them, still working with no problems.
Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago by dacul #761
Decent i'd say. I like those simple designs and sturdy cases.Ostrog fits on that category. Great job with the review.
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago by Freedom #490
Well USb ports at the top are convenient but you do have to worry about dust. However it's not hard to use a plastic cover or something over it, there are plenty around.
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago by mrcapncaveman #489
I just received this case (with side window) for my next build. looking forward to it. I may go AMD on this one to keep the costs down a bit, I prefer Intel but it makes a huge hole in my wallet for months to come... How do you feel about USB ports on the top of the chassis? I always feel concerned about dust getting inside of them and building up. I leave flash drives in them just to avoid it.