For the average person, a PC casing does nothing more than act as a chassis to house all the components of a PC. They look more or less the same and at times just go unnoticed. A step up from this would be to get a gaming case. Apart from being a bit more on the flashy side, gaming cases also tend to be constructed with a few additional features in mind. These range from having tempered glass panels (to see the inner components of your PC), to RGB fans, and cable management cutouts to better manage all the cabling in your PC, to give it a cleaner look, and also to facilitate better airflow to more power hungry components. Remember, the more power a component uses, the more heat it will generate, thus needing more cooling.
Say hello to the Aorus C700
Gigabyte’s Aorus C700G takes what traditional PC cases (be them regular or gaming) and throws it all out the window. From the moment you lay eyes on it, the Aorus C700G just about screams “GAMING!”. The external design language is what Gigabyte calls “neonpunk style”, and it definitely shows. There’s a lot of bold, jagged lines, sharp, aggressive angles, and of course, plenty of lighting
The C700G comes nestled between two sturdy pieces of foam so as to protect it during transport. The casing is constructed from a combination of Aluminum, Steel, Plastic, Glass, and weighs a considerable 19.2KG (casing only). It’s a full tower form factor, meaning it's quite a large case and can support up to E-ATX motherboards.
Taking a look at the I/O, internals and storage options
The front of the casing houses a plethora of I/O ports including 4 USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port, headphone and microphone connector ports, an HDMI port to act as a passthrough for VR gaming, fan controls for the integrated fan hub, an ARGB controller for all the lighting on the case, as well as a power and reset button. There’s two full size tempered glass side panels on either side of the case to show off your PC components as well as your cable management. In terms of that RGB goodness, the C700G includes ARGB lighting strips along the front of the case and the bottom vented area as well as along the sides, and of course the two rear 120mm ARGB fans. The lighting isn’t overly flashy, but gives off enough lighting to make it look aggressive and aesthetic simultaneously. It can be controlled either via the integrated ARGB controller, or via Gigabyte’s RGB Fusion 2.0 app.
Taking a look inside the Aorus C700G, the first thing I noticed is that it has room to fit all your components, plus the kitchen sink. There’s space for up to 6 2.5” drives and 4 3.5” drives, so that’s 10 drives in total. Perfect if you’re a mechanical or SATA based SSD storage junkie, as the Aorus C700G will definitely fulfill those needs.
The C700G supports a total of 8 fans, with three 120mm PWM fans preinstalled in the front and dual 120mm ARGB and PWM fans in the rear. You can add up to another 3 120/140mm fans in the top and replace the 3 front fans with 140mm ones. If you want to go liquid cooling, the Aorus 700G supports up to 360mm radiator in the front, a 420mm radiator at the top and a 140mm radiator in the rear. There’s removable grills with included dust filters on the top and front to make installation and maintenance of fans/radiators easier. The top grill, for example, can be removed by pinching together two clips located at the back of the casing, so you don’t have to go looking for a screwdriver to do a quick clean up.
The Aorus C700 can fit pretty much anything you throw at it
The Aorus C700G also supports graphics cards up to 490mm in length, meaning even the beastly Gigabyte Aorus RTX 4090 Master will comfortably fit in it, with room to spare for cooling too. The in-built PSU shroud can support power supplies up to 200mm in length and provides sufficient room to hide away and tidy up even the lengthiest of power supply cables, giving your build a clean look with no loose cables dangling about. The visible 3.5” drive bay can be removed via a screw at the bottom of the casing if you want more room for your front radiator or if it bugs you since the PSU shroud doesn’t extend the entire length of the case.
A few pointers about the Aorus FO48U and OLED panels
The Aorus C700G also supports vertical graphics card installation via a PCI-e riser cable that has to be purchased separately. You can check out Gigabyte’s own PCI-E 3.0 x16 Riser Cable, which is a PCIe Gen 3 cable or get a Gen 4 cable from Amazon, or Newegg. Either way, if you want to show off your shiny new graphics card in all its RGB goodness, the Aorus C700G will allow you to do so. All the necessary bits and pieces such as screws and cable ties come in a nice accessory pack and are clearly labeled so as not to cause confusion.
As with any OLED panel, there are some things you can do to extend the life of your OLED display. For example, if you're having a lot of static elements on screen, try reducing them. For games and movies this shouldn't be too much of an issue as there's constant movement. Just make sure that you don't leave your game on the pause screen for hours on end. That could be problematic, and lead to screen burn-in. Just use normal burn in mitigation techniques like a non-static background, hide icons, and hidden taskbar and you should be perfectly fine.
If you’re planning to splurge on a high end gaming PC or even a workstation PC, the Gigabyte Aorus C700G has everything you’re looking for in a PC case. It comes with a one year warranty and is available at winsoft Technologies and other Gigabyte authorized resellers.