Aerocool LS-5200 Review
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The latest case to arrive from Aerocool HQ is the LS-5200, a black steel and plastic mid-tower with an acrylic left side-panel window and a roomy interior designed to accommodate a full-blown liquid-cooling system. The “LS” in “LS-5200” stands for “Liquid Solution,” so it’s little surprise going in that the case will accept installation of either a 280mm or 360mm radiator behind the front panel and either a 240mm or 280mm radiator beneath the top panel. Additionally, the front and top panels consist largely of black steel mesh, and each is equipped with a thin foam dust filter.
The upshot of all this is that you can pack a lot of high-end PC gear inside this case and easily keep it all very cool. Toward that end, Aerocool built in two fan control switches at the top of the front panel and also includes a steel power supply shroud, which savvy builders know serves two purposes: It creates a separate cooling zone for the PSU, and it helps keep the inside of your case looking nice and tidy.
Atop the PSU shroud, you’ll find two 2.5-inch drive mounting trays that you can remove with a thumbscrew when it’s time to install SSDs or hard drives; there’s also a dual-bay 3.5-inch drive cage located behind the power supply shroud toward the front end.
Add all of those to the two vertical 2.5-inch drive mounts attached to the back of the motherboard tray, and you can load this case up with as many as six drives.
The LS-5200’s motherboard tray accepts microAT X, Mini-IT X, and ATX boards, and the case will hold graphics cards up to 13.6 inches long with fans installed behind the front panel (14.6 inches without). Full-sized power supplies and CPU air coolers are of course no problem, so there are very few if any limits on what kind of system you can build inside.
The outside of the case has a simple yet angular style that makes it a nice fit for a gaming rig or just about any kind of build; Aerocool gives it a few design notes that remind us of the excellent P7-C1, yet it rings in at just $89.99, proving once again that Aerocool is one of the best companies around at delivering cool aesthetics and the latest design features at affordable prices.
Specs: Dimensions: 20.8 x 8.6 x 16.5 inches (HxWxD); Materials: Steel, plastic; Motherboard support: Mini-ITX, mATX, ATX; Drive bays:2 3.5-inch/2 2.5-inch internal, 4 x 2.5-inch internal; Fans (included): 1 x 120mm rear; Fans (optional): 3 x 120mm/2 x 140mm front, 2x 120mm/2 x
140mm top; Ports: 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, audio I/O