The Aerocool XPredator II Case Overview

The Aerocool XPredator II is an updated and refreshed version of the first XPredator case, which was released six years ago. The modification took into account the realities of modern components, although in the second iteration of the chassis there is still a touch of «muscularity» characteristic of those times when the motherboards of the XL-ATX format, video cards over 300 mm long or 1.5-kilogram processor cooling systems were common.


Currently, the requirements for case components characteristics are much more modest. But the excess capacity and power of the XPredator II cooling system are superfluous not for everyone, as a number of users actually need to build up a really large and hot system by the nature of their activities or hobbies.


Features

Case type: Full-Tower

Dimensions, mm: 595 (H) x 232 (W) x 570 (D)

Material: ABS plastic, steel (0.8-1 mm)

Weight, kg: 12,5

Color: black

Form factor: E-ATX, XL-ATX, ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX

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Layout


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