Novatech Elite Sentinel Gaming PC Review




/ 3 weeks ago

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The Exterior

After opening your system, you’ll find it all fitted within an Antec DP501 Windowed ATX RGB Case. This chassis provides a great combination of practicality and aesthetics and is a great choice for any system.

Its sleek black design with RGB lighting trims to the front and above the power supply bay really look fantastic. Particularly with that windowed panel to the side giving you a look at everything going on inside!

With the RGB lighting switched on, everything is nice, bright and vivid behind that side panel and, although you can cycle through colors, I rather liked the blue it defaults to.

The top of the system acts as the main ventilation point for the 240mm AIO liquid cooler (more on that later). To prevent (or at least slow down) dust accumulation, this is supplied with a magnetic cover. An increasingly common feature for newer (and improved) chassis designs.

So, first impressions for the Novatech Elite Sentinel are really good. Time to get in and have a closer look some of the finer exterior details.

Exterior Detailing

Starting with some of the aesthetic touches to the chassis, the two most notable aspects are the RGB lighting strips to the front of the case and to the side (the latter being inside the system).

Despite these RGB ‘exterior’ lights being quite small in size, they really stand out and add an impressive level of visuals to the system as a whole. All, of course, operating via sync controls on the motherboard via the RGB software.

The front of the case ventures an air vent set around the RGB light strip but also has some Antec branding. While this is nice and understated, it also compliments the system well.

Finally, we again have the Antec branding lightly embossed into the base of the chassis. It is again, understated and actually in this instance easily overlooked. On the whole, however, the overall aesthetic is fantastic and should suit this system in any environment.

Ports and Connections

The front I/O port bank has you well covered in terms of general day-to-day connections and functions. These include a power on/off switch, a reset button, a controller for manual RGB light mode cycling, a 3.5mm headphone/microphone port, and two USB 3.1 ports.

Rear I/O Panel

The main rear I/O panel gives you plenty of connection ports for all of your peripherals. This includes 5 USB 3.1 ports (including 2 ‘constant power’ connections – those are the red ones), a USB Type-C port, 4 USB 2.0 ports, HMDI connector, ethernet port, and your audio bank.

Down with the Nvidia 2070 Super graphics card, we find 3 HMDI ports and 3 display port connections as well as a single USB Type-C port.

Finally, at the bottom with the power supply, we find it to be fairly standard with just the main power input cable and physical mains on/off switch.

Ventilation & Air Flow

The Novatech Elite Sentinel has an airflow based on 5 fans. All of these features RGB lighting with 2 as intake and 3 as exhaust.

As you might expect, the front of the system features the 2 main intake fans with a main rear exhaust fan and two more via the 240mm AIO liquid cooler.

With all of these fans in such a tidy system, this should help promote a nice strong airflow which is absolutely what you want! More, of course, on the cable management shortly.

Overall

So, having taken the system as a whole, it all looks really good so far. It’s sleek, slick, impressive and comes with more than enough connections. I guess it is, therefore, time to have a look inside.

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