Aerocool XPredator X3 preview: Eye-catching design and good performance

It's been a while since we last tested a chassis from Aerocool, so when we received the XPredator X3, we were eager to see what it had to offer. In typical Aerocool fashion, the design is not very conservative. If you like your desktop PC to draw attention to itself, this could be your brand. But looks aren't everything, and in this review we'll examine how well this chassis cools, how the noise levels are and how easy it is to build a system in it.

The Aerocool XPredator X3 is available in a number of different colour schemes: Devil Red, Evil Black and plain White. The XPredator X3 costs an average of £80, which puts it in the mid-range segment. There is tons of competition here, and when compared to 30 others in the same segment, the Aerocool XPredator X3 is slightly larger than most.

The Aerocool XPredator X3 is a chassis that will certainly grab your attention, with the large window in the left panel, the contrasting colours and sharp lines. You could say that the design will appeal to (younger) gamers, but that's of course a generalisation.

The overall design is pretty successful for this segment, in our opinion, as Aerocool hasn't overdone things. The front is entirely in mesh, with air inlets on both sides. Above it there's a panel with the frontal connectors (two USB 3.0, audio) and two rotary fan controllers. Of course there's a power button, and behind it is a slot for sliding in a 2.5in disk or SSD. You can read the rest of Aerocool XPredator X3 preview on Hardware.info.