How about buying an all-aluminum case with a built-in water cooling system? Meet Mercury Pro, the latest release from Gigabyte. Besides coming with a built-in water cooling system, it also has three 120 mm fans, two at the rear and one at the front. Check it out.
As you can see in Figure 1, Mercury Pro has seven 5 ¼” bays and two 3 ½” bays (plus five internal 3 ½” bays). However, as the first two top bays are used by the water tank from the water cooling system, there are only four 5 ¼” bays available. The small window you can see on the top two bays is for you to control the water level of the system.
Mercury Pro is all manufactured in aluminum, has a replaceable side panel – you can choose between using a transparent side window or a meshed panel, both options come with the case – and is available in two colors, black or silver. As you have already noticed, we took a look at the black model.
The water cooling parts are located on the top of the case and we will show them in a minute. But first let’s take a look at the switches, LEDs and connectors available on the top of the case. As you can see in Figure 2, you will find on this case the following items: power switch, reset switch, HDD LED, power LED, fan speed control knob, water flow indicator, four USB ports, headphone jack, mic in jack, and a FireWire port.
Since this is a high-end case, we think it could have come with an eSATA port as well, since this feature is starting to appear on high-end cases from other brands.
As you can see on Figures 1 and 2, there is a big knob on top of the case. By removing this knob you have access to the water tank, to fill it with coolant.
Let’s now explore the water cooling system that comes with Mercury Pro.