Raijintek Asterion Plus Case Review. After the roaring success of the Metis, Styx, Metis Plus and then the inverted ATX Thetis Classic, Raijintek has finally released a version that supports E-ATX, and an absolute ton of space for cooling too. This is the version I’ve been waiting to see, since I laid eyes on the adorable Metis some years back. On paper it seems to be the ultimate case for the price bracket of under 150GBP, so let’s find out… if it is…
UK Pricing for the black version with hinged side panels, on the day of review, is 134.99 (available from OverclockersUK. If you feel the need for an alternative version with tempered glass, or in a combo of black and silver, then do consider checking the Raijintek range @ OverclockersUK for the latest models and pricing.
[Features and Specs]
The new RAIJINTEK E-ATX aluminum series. The ASTERION series supports up to E-ATX motherboards, with a maximum of seven fans, including 3×120mm fan options (2pcs 120×25 O-Type White LED fan are pre-installed) at the front, 3×120mm fan options on the top and pre-installed 12025 O-Type White LED fan (140mm fan option) at the rear. Additionally, the ASTERION series supports 240/280/360mm radiators in the front and top, and also includes features such as tool-free drive installation, max CPU cooler height up to 180mm, max VGA length up to 340mm and regular ATX/EPS PSU compatibility.
The Raijintek Asterion Plus offers a premium aluminium finish with a hinged acrylic full side windows & comprehensive hardware support for a stunning combination.
– Aluminum chassis series for E-ATX/ATX/Micro ATX/Mini ITX
– Aluminum color hair-silk anodized appearance design
– 4×USB 3.0 super speed port
– Full Hinged Acrylic side windows on both sides.
– 3pcs 12025 O-Type White LED PWM fan pre-installed
– Black coated interior
– Dust-control filters at bottom
– Accommodate an internal 360 mm radiator at the front and top.
– Slim DVD drive bay at the top of the front panel
– Tool-free system for PSU and 3.5″HDDs
– Supports up to 7 fans and 6 HDDs (3.5″ + 2.5″)
– Supports 180mm height CPU cooler
– Supports VGA card up 340mm
– Colour: Matte Black
– internal colour: Matte Black
– Body Dimension (D/W/H): 470*230*525mm
– Body Weight (N.W.): 8.5 KG
– Body Weight (G.W.): 10.3 KG
– Material: Aluminum
– M/B Type: E-ATX/ATX/MICRO-ATX/Mini-ITX
– Graphic Card Support: 340mm
– Power Supply: ATX PS/2
– Power Supply Integration: Internal Bottom PSU
– Slim DVD: 1
– 3.5″ Hidden (removeable): 3 (or 2.5”*3)
– 2.5″ Device: 6 (max.)
– I/O Panel: USB3.0*4 + HD Audio*1
– PCI Slot: 8
– PCI Slot Tool-free: YES
– HDD Tool-free: YES
– CPU Cooler Height: 180mm max.
– Side Panel Style: Flat / Vent
– Cable Management: Regular
– Front Radiator Support: 240/280/360 mm radiator (120mm *3)
– Rear Radiator Support: 120/140 mm*1
– Front Cooling Fan pre-installed: 12025 White LED fan *2pcs
– Rear Cooling Fan pre-installed: 12025 White LED fan *1pcs
– Top Cooling Fan: 240/280/360mm fan & radiator options (120mm *3)
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Much like the other Raijintek products we’ve reviewed in- past, The Asterion Plus arrived in a well packed brown box. Simple but effective with a good outline of the product on the outside. Internal packing is stellar as usual.
Inside you’ll find a range of accessories including
- Motherboard Screw #6-32 L6 × 9
- Power Supply Screw #6-32 L6 × 4
- Power Supply Screw #6-32 L6 × 4
- 3.5″ HDDScrew #6-32 L9 × 8
- 3.5″HDDScrew #6-32 L17.5 × 8
- DVD Device Screw M2 L3 × 2
- Cable Tie × 2
- Installation Guide × 1
Prefer a video Overview? Check this video courtesy of Raijintek
The first impressions are great, as it’s heavily based on the past version of products (Metis, Styx and Thetis) we knew what to expect and had high hopes. Raijintek has used the same D.N.A to craft the Asterion Plus. From the front side, nothing more than a long smooth and straightforward panel, with rounded edges.
Standing at 470mm in height its made up from a simple brushed aluminum panel, a power button with white light behind it, and discrete Raijintek logo on the base.
Raijintek, continue to innovate and make use of typically dead space. On the very same panel, they’ve added the option to install slimline optical bay in a vertical manner. Despite my and many others feelings towards optical drives, Blurays are still a thing… and its nice have the option should you need a drive at some point in time. The fact’s it is so discreet is a real plus
Once again, they’ve used what worked very well on other models; we find the I/O is made up of center positioned audio jacks with USB 3.1 ports at either side.
Ventilation is fantastic, with a large strip running down the entirety of the top panel. Crafted to perfection, blending well with the minimalistic design Raijintek are going for.
The backside if fairly standard with a few welcome changes, such as 8 PCI slots for E-ATX and multi-GPU users. A bottom mounted PSU, with removable mounting bracket.
External water cooling grommets which won’t likely see any action! Something of note, is the mass amount of space above the I/O, allowing radiators to be installed on the roof, but also having room to breathe.
While the floor looks rather simple at first glance, its offers exactly what it should. Good feet for fewer vibrations, and Dual removable filters to keep the internal clean. Nothing gimmicky just sensible design
The real beauty here, is how far back the doors can be positioned. Taking a look inside, the motherboard tray offers many options for cable routing. The main slots are lined with grommets. Raijintek has also added many extra slots for headers to be placed on the motherboard, I don’t particularly mind that these don’t have grommets.
The CPU cutout window, is oversized to ensure you have access for removing or adding any cooler backplates, without the need of removing your board. I’m delighted again, to see Raijintek making use of dead space, with the inclusion of drop and lock mounts for hard drives.
So much space right? Raijintek has made clever use of this, inside this beast of a case. Your eyes are likely drawn towards the bottom, at that sleek PSU shroud
A dual-purpose addition to the case, first to hide unsightly cables, but doubles up as a location for even more drives too. Which are super easy to add and remove thanks to the lock and slide grommet system.
The shroud runs along about 80% of the floor, cutting off before the front edge. This allows the consumer the option to install a 360mm radiator in the front. The spacing here, between the panel and shroud, is 90mm, so realistically a decent size rad and one or two set of fans (depending on radiator thickness).
If you opt to install a 240mm, just a little higher, you will have no limitation at all.
Just recap on the rad options here in case you missed those earlier, max of 360mm in the roof and floor and a 120/140mm in the rear.
This amount of space is appreciated, allowing many options for custom water coolers. But if you’re going for an air cooler, relax it’ll take any sized tower cooler.
The top meshed panel we looked at earlier, can be removed to perform maintenance. The spacing between roof and motherboard we’re looking at about 60mm, so no real scope for push pull.
Would it have been it worth making the case even taller? We feel not. 60mm is ample for a good sized rad and 1x set of fans anyhow.
Limits & Observations.
– Clearance: VGA – 370mm, CPU Cooler – 180mm
No problems for air coolers, and likewise with the lack of a middle HD cage. You are good to go for 100% of graphics cards on the market.
Spinning the ASTERION around now, to see what else the Shrouding offers. Legacy drive users have not been neglected, with a tray to install the less elegant 3.5″ hard drives if you needed too.
The internal cabling is nearly locked into place, and you’ll find plenty of locations to zip tie your PSU cables
Cable routing, is a breeze in the ASTERION. With tons of cutouts, grommets, the PSU shroud and 20mm of amount space behind the tray. We find no issues or concerns to report.
Building inside the ASTERIO is a joy, the only thing to mention is unusual PSU mounting method. Remove the bracket, screw it to your PSU and slide back. It’s a rather cool design element!
The simple fact is, which so much volume, building a rig is effortless. Tons of spots to hide cables, and add components.
Accessing the front and backside of the case with the handles is a time saver.
We’ve demoed a simple air cooling setup here, but the Asterion is begging for a custom watercooled build
So then it’s time to wrap up our findings and deliver a verdict. When the Metis made its debut some time back, I was instantly drawn to its beautiful design. The rounded edges, the no-nonsense front panel, and sleek finish. I’ve adored its siblings and successors since. Nice to see the series expand and reach it’s destiny, now with a range that covers Mini-ITX to E-ATX. Does it tick all the boxes for the average consumer in 2017? We feel it does.
So, what’s good, and what not? Well for negatives there is only one minor annoyance with the PSU shroud. The 90mm of space between it, and the front panel is OK. You can’t use a 45mm 360mm radiator, with push/pull fans). Sure, 45mm r less and 1x set of fans is common, but I feel some consumers would want to the option to use thicker rads. We really feel Raijintek should have cut away more for the overkill users; it would have no little or no effect on ascetics.
Going forward I’ve nothing but praised for the ASTERION. One glance is all it took, and I fell in love with the product (Funny… right?). There’s so much of offer here, but it doesn’t feel forced, or crammed with silly features. It’s kept to the winning Raijintek’s DNA of minimalistic, but practical use of space and strikingly clean visuals. From the front side, it looks rather simple, and that’s the appeal for me, but fear not because inside it’s able to accommodate anything you’d want to install, and then more for good measure. Out of the box, it’s ready to go for ANY build, but also yearning to be modded too, the Asterion is a perfect blank canvas.
If your feeling the overall design, but wanted another color? Or prefer tempered glass panels? Rather than the suicide doors on the PLUS model, then fear not as Raijintek offer other versions too!
All available now at OverclockersUK.
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