Now that circuitREMIX has a new writer on staff, we're starting to focus more on cases. Over the next few months, you can expect to see reviews of cases here from a variety of manufacturers. We are currently working on tweaking and updating our case testing and review format based on user input, so if you have any suggestions feel free to comment and let us know.
Starting off our series of case reviews is a mid-tower gaming case from RAIDMAX. While they're probably not one of the first brands you'd think of (at least in the North American market), RAIDMAX has been around since 1988. Branding themselves as a budget-gaming oriented company, we'll be looking at their Raptor case to see if it fits this mould. With a flashy and sleek design, the Raptor looks the part, but we'll see if it's worthy for your gaming rig build.
|Color||Black and Red (Black and Blue also available)|
|Motherboard Support||Mini-ITX, Micro ATX (mATX), ATX|
|Drive Bays||3x 5.25", 5x 2.5/3.5" internal, 2x 2.5" internal|
|Expansion Card Slots||7|
|Front I/O Ports||2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, HD Audio (in/out)|
|Cooling System (front)||2x 120mm intake (one included, one optional)|
|Cooling System (rear)||120mm exhaust (included)|
|Cooling System (top)||2x 120mm exhaust (included)|
|Cooling System (side)||120/180mm intake (optional)|
|Dimensions (HxWxL)||502 x 247 x 541mm|
The front of the case has three 5.25” bays with easy to remove panels which are made out of perforated metal to allow additional air flow. RAIDMAX includes two 120mm fans installed directly below to provide a good amount of intake air flow to the hard drive bay area. Along both sides of the front of the Raptor there are plastic wings. They’re purely for aesthetic purposes, and they add to the case’s futuristic visual style. However, these plastic wings are relatively thin and as a result have some flex to them. I would recommend placing this case on a desk, or if you place it on the floor to keep in mind that an accidental kick could potentially damage the wings. The left side of the Raptor has fan slots which allow for the installation of a 120mm or 180mm fan.
The top of the case has a radical air flow design made out of three plastic wings which occupy a third of the panel. There are also built-in LED lights to showcase this feature. The top also features a carrying handle which felt solid, even when the case was burdened with an installed computer system. The case’s control panel is located at the front of the top of the case.