Raijintek has put together a really great case in the Asterion Classic. By using mostly aluminum and glass they create a really cool look which you don’t often see on cases anymore, and if you do its not real aluminum. The panels on this case are real aluminum and they definitely stand out in terms on looks as well as how they feel when you pick the case up. The slight curved edges on the front panel are something I just love.
Raijintek took advice from customers and changed their tempered glass side panels on this case. On the back you have the default darker tinted tempered glass side panel as it makes it easier to clean up cables, but then the main side panel is less tinted making it easier to see you hardware. This means that you don’t necessarily need a LED strip to see inside the main side panel, although we still would recommend one with this case.
This case has plenty of room for cooling with support for three 120 mm or two 140 mm fans in both the top and front of the case as well as watercooling radiators up to 360 mm in both spots as well. The case does come with three of Raijintek’s AURA 12 (120mm) fans included, they have a cool white LED ring on them that will help light up the inside of the case as well.
While you do have plenty of room for cooling I do have some concerns with the front cooling options. With the design of this case I really don’t see where your front fans are going to get any air from the outside of the case. While there are vents in the steel side frame of the case those are covered by the tempered glass side panels. This is definitely something you are going to want to consider with this case.
Another thing that was a little odd about this case is that there are two filters on the bottom of the case, but they are not easily removable for cleaning and maintenance. They are actually screwed on to the the bottom of the case with four screws each. Finally there are only 2 zip ties included with this case, that is not nearly enough, we actually had to use some of our own to complete our build. There could have been more tie-down points on the backside of the motherboard tray as well.
Right now the Asterion Classic is selling for $159.90 at our favorite online retailer. This is a pretty good price considering this is a full tower with made of mostly aluminum and tempered glass side panels. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Raijintek Asterion Classic an 8 out of 10 score.
– Real aluminum panels
– Two tempered glass side panels
– Easy installation
– Lots of room for cooling
– Three AURA 12 LED fans included
– Front cooling options has no where to get air from the outside of the case
– Two bottom filters are not easily removable
– Not enough zip ties included