Previously, we’ve only had mid-tower cases from Aerocool for review. This time around, we’re going to take a look something larger: the Aerocool Tor Pro. Unlike the Bolt and Cylon Pro, the Aerocool Tor Pro is a full-fledged full tower aimed towards enthusiasts who like having space for cooling, multiple GPUs, and of course, RGB lighting.
Aerocool Tor Pro
|Case Size||Full Tower|
|Dimensions||249.5 x566 x 473mm (WHD)|
|Motherboard Support||Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX|
|Drive Support||2x 3.5-inch, 2x 2.5-inch|
|GPU Clearance||383mm (without front fans)|
|CPU Cooler Clearance||189mm|
|I/O Ports||1x USB 3.0 Type-C, 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.1 Gen1, 2x 3.5mm audio jack,|
|Front Fans||4x 120mm, 3x 140mm, 2x 200mm, Includes 3x 140mm RGB Fans|
|Rear Fans||2x 120mm, 2x 140mm, Includes 1x 140mm RGB Fan|
|Top Fans||3x 120mm, 2x 140mm|
|Bottom Fans||3x 120mm, 2x 140mm|
|Front Liquid Cooling||360mm/480mm|
|Rear Liquid Cooling||240mm/280mm|
|Top Liquid Cooling||240/280mm|
|Bottom Liquid Cooling||240/280mm|
|PSU Support||ATX PSU|
|Others||RGB Lighting, Fan Speed Controls, RGB Controls, Motherboard RGB Integration|
The Aerocool Tor Pro comes with a roomier interior than its predecessors. You can fit ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, and E-ATX motherboards on the case. This means that you have more flexibility when it comes to your motherboard choice.
The middle and lower sections of the case is pretty much devoid of any obstacles when it comes to building your rig. The Tor Pro supports 9 expansion slots instead of the usual 7 allowing enthusiasts to deck their rig with up to 3 GPUs with the right motherboard.
Speaking of GPUs, the Tor Pro can support video cards of up to 38.3cm in length. CPU cooling height support has been upgraded as well to 18.9cm allowing users to choose any kind of tower cooler they want.
There’s a lot of fan support in the case. The Tor Pro comes out of the box with four 140mm fans. Three of the fans are found at the front while the last one has been placed at the rear.
If you need airflow, four 120mm or three 140mm fans can be mounted at the front, two 120mm or two 140mm at the rear, three 120mm or two 140mm fans at the bottom, and three 120mm or two 140mm fans at the top.
Liquid cooling options on the Tor Pro have been greatly expanded by Aerocool. Radiator support include a 360/480mm radiator at the front, a 240/280mm radiator at the rear, 240/280mm radiator at the bottom, and a 240/280mm radiators at the top.
It must be noted that the top radiator would need to be mounted sideways since the Tor Pro doesn’t come with a top exhaust. The front radiator would also need to be offset a bit since the mounts doesn’t completely lineup with the front fans.
The tempered front panel can be removed by tugging at the bottom with a bit of force. While there’s no direct airflow at the front of the fans, the sides of the front panel are perforated to let fresh air into the case. These are not removable, however, making cleaning them a bit of a hassle.
The bottom of the Tor Pro, fortunately, comes with a magnetic dust filter. Though we would have liked to have a traditional sliding dust filter, the magnetic dust filter means that it can be removed either from the back or the front of the case.
The smoked tempered side panel of the Aerocool Tor takes some of the lighting away from the components inside but not too much to make the RGB lighting useless. The side panel also diffuses quite a bit of the light allowing the case to have a bit of a minimalist vibe even with the RGB turned up
PSU and Drive Support
Despite its size, the Tor Pro has anemic number of drive support. The case comes with two 2.5-inch drive cages and three 3.5-inch drive caddies at the rear. At this size, we would have liked to at least seen more drive bays inside the case.
Another downside on the Tor Pro is its PSU support. Although the website says that it supports ATX power supplies, the case might run into problems with thicker power supplies like with our EVGA 650GQ.
The top frame of the rear panel interferes with the clearance of the PSU and when placed, might not sit flush into the frame of the chassis.
Speaking of the rear panel, it is perforated to allow the PSU to get fresh air from the outside. This will also allow the side-mounted top radiators to exhaust air out of the case. Alternatively, the PSU can be placed with the fan facing the inside to get dust-free air from inside the chassis.
Fortunately, the Tor Pro comes with a ton of free space at the back for cable management. You can add more space for the cables if you remove the drive caddies if you’re not using them. The PSU cage also adds a lot of room to become lazy with your cable management.
Lots of routing holes can be found beside, near the top, and at the bottom of the motherboard tray. This will ensure that all cables however thick can be easily routed into the motherboard area. Unfortunately, the routing holes don’t have rubber grommets, which might mean that a bit of work is needed to make cables look neat and tidy.
Of course it comes with RGB lighting with board integration
The Aerocool Tor Pro comes with an integrated Fan and RGB controller at the back. The controller allows for 5 addressable RGB fans and 5 RGB strips. The controller is compatible with RGB sync technologies from ASUS, MSI, and Gigabyte.
The RGB lighting can be controlled via a remote. The remote comes with a several controls such as a few preset lighting modes, random lighting modes, speed of the light, on or off, motherboard sync, as well as fan speeds.
The front I/O ports of the Aerocool Tor Pro are found at the top. The I/O ports include two USB 3.1 Gen1 ports, two 3.5mm audio jacks, and two USB 2.0 ports. The power button is located at the right-hand side with the activity lights and restart button just beside it.
Weirdly enough, there is an unused USB Type-C port at left-hand side of the I/O area. Maybe you can mod a Type-C port onto it but as it is, it remains unused and we’re unsure why Aerocool just left it as is.
The RGB lighting can also be controlled via a button near the restart button. It lacks the fine tune controls of the remote but can be handy if you’re remote is far from you. You might need to check the button, however, since the RGB and restart button are of the same size, which might lead to an accidental restart.
Priced at around USD 100 or PhP 5,950 in the Philippines, the Aerocool Tor Pro has a ton of features to offer. From its tempered glass side panel, RGB fans, tons of room inside, a lot of cooling options, and the inclusion of a 10-port RGB and Fan Controller.
Of course, there are hiccups with Tor Pro such as the number of drive mounts, lack of proper dust filters at the front, and its PSU compatibility. Overall, however, these are just only a few bumps in the road in an otherwise smooth performing case.