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Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 - Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Dual Front Mounted USB 3.0 Ports, Three Preinstalled Fans: 1 x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1 x Top 140mm Fan, 1 x Rear 120mm Fan

  • SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower
  • 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x e-SATA, Audio In / Out Front Ports
  • 3 Fans Installed, Supports Up to 5 Fans
  • 5 External Drive Bays
  • 5 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
  • 7 Expansion Slots

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  • Marlin J.
  • 8/4/2015 8:21:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Case

This review is from: Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 - Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Dual Front Mounted USB 3.0 Ports, Three Preinstalled Fans: 1 x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1 x Top 140mm Fan, 1 x Rear 120mm Fan

Pros: Great Case. Lots of room, easy cable management. Great air cooling options for a good price.

Cons: Side panel handles could be a bit deeper back side panel could have a slight rise in it for a little more room for cable management.

Other Thoughts: If it wasn't a little tough to get the side panel back on and the fact I almost cut myself getting it off, I would have gave this case 5 eggs.

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  • david j.
  • 6/15/2015 12:35:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsupdate to 10/4/2014

This review is from: Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 - Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Dual Front Mounted USB 3.0 Ports, Three Preinstalled Fans: 1 x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1 x Top 140mm Fan, 1 x Rear 120mm Fan

Pros: Nice case and features

Cons: This is an update to review of 10/4/2014
By phone Rose will not cross ship wanted me to ship back whole case for faulty Front panel eSATA socket/cable. By CS online I got a new cable set. Finally tried it today, eSATA works. Before I installed I got out my hot glue gun to give some support to the eSATA socket and audio sockets. Said eSATA socket is soldered to PC board w/ cables attached via a soldered on header. NO STRAIN support which may explain the initial failure.

Having read the reviews re USB problems I wonder if they are commenting on a different version of this case. My USB sockets are molded cables with 2 solder points, much better that the eSATA sockets.

Other Thoughts: It would have been nice if the bottom filter was removable w/o turning the case over. common guys....

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you very much for purchasing this unit.
We strive to provide the most reliable and highest quality products to our customers.

Thanks for the feedback; we will pass it along to our QA and Design teams for further investigations. In the event that you are having troubles, please do not hesitate to contact our support team at the number below.

Phone: 1- 800-575-9885
Email: rma@rosewill.com
Email2: techsupport@rosewill.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,
Rosewill Customer Care

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  • Mark H.
  • 5/16/2015 2:54:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsInstalling a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler

This review is from: Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 - Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Dual Front Mounted USB 3.0 Ports, Three Preinstalled Fans: 1 x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1 x Top 140mm Fan, 1 x Rear 120mm Fan

Pros: a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler will fit in this Case

Cons: The opening behind the CPU was not quite wide enough for me to put the Screws in, so I had to bend the opening to the point that I could get the Cooler back plate on.
It would help if the opening behind the CPU was a little wider towards the middle of the Case, say by about another half inch.

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  • Wang Y.
  • 4/26/2015 4:45:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFINAL UPDATE TO REVIEW

This review is from: Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 - Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Dual Front Mounted USB 3.0 Ports, Three Preinstalled Fans: 1 x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1 x Top 140mm Fan, 1 x Rear 120mm Fan

Pros: .

Cons: .

Other Thoughts: I noticed the 3.0 USB slots were a little slow. USB sticks that should be reading 100MB/s is only reading 40MB/s and then gradually slows down to like 15MB/s over the course of a few mins. I bought the Anker® Uspeed PCI-E to USB 3.0 2 Port Express Card, with 1 USB 3.0 20-pin Connector and 5V 4 Pin Male Power Connector and plugged that into my USB 3.0 I/O connector on my motherboard. I also purchased the Anker® 3.5 inch Front Panel USB Hub with 2 USB 3.0 Ports [20 Pin Connector & 2ft Adapter Cable] and that combo gave me 100MB+ sustained reads on the same devices. Just FYI in case your USB 3.0 devices have poor transfer speeds. Don't blame the device makers.

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  • Jakob S.
  • 4/8/2015 8:59:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Tower would buy again

This review is from: Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 - Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Dual Front Mounted USB 3.0 Ports, Three Preinstalled Fans: 1 x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1 x Top 140mm Fan, 1 x Rear 120mm Fan

Pros: Quiet tower, good fan count and placement, easy dust removal process, easy mobo installation. Easy to take off covers for maintenance... nice, simple look with a good design.

Cons: Issues with front panel 1/8 inch audio input - the unit is poorly installed and lost its usefulness within three months, requires a replacement. There's a back-up audio input in rear so I have been using that.

Other Thoughts: I'm happy with the tower despite the relatively shoddy craftsmanship on the front panel; everything else has been great.

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  • N L.
  • 3/26/2015 10:07:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood case

This review is from: Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 - Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Dual Front Mounted USB 3.0 Ports, Three Preinstalled Fans: 1 x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1 x Top 140mm Fan, 1 x Rear 120mm Fan

Pros: -Well ventilated.
-Fans are quiet
-plenty of docks for hard drives and CD/DVD drives
-provides channeling for cable management.
-SUPER durable and VERY light. I cannot stress how important that is for going to LAN parties.

Cons: -A lot of vents and fans mean a lot dust.
-The front headphone and mic jacks are prone to being hit by knees often when a headphone or mic is plugged in. That makes it easier to break headsets.

Other Thoughts: concerning the dust problem: Either buy additional fan filters (They are cheap to get ) or give it a good cleaning inside at least once every 3 months to keep dust build up to a minimum. Its not hard and its quick to do.

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  • Keith B.
  • 3/18/2015 5:54:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust as good as the USB 2.0 version

This review is from: Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 - Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Dual Front Mounted USB 3.0 Ports, Three Preinstalled Fans: 1 x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1 x Top 140mm Fan, 1 x Rear 120mm Fan

Pros: If you want a case with a lot of room, then this is the one. I have the USB 2.0 version that I bought 4 years ago and it is still an awesome case but lacks the USB 3.0 support which is the only difference. Excellent wire management, plenty of room for hard disk and other components. This case also has the ports for water cooling.

The construction is very solid unlike some of the other cases I have owned.

Cons: The side panels are a little flimsy but not a big deal.

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  • Wang Y.
  • 3/7/2015 1:57:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMY GIFT TO YOU ALL - SOLUTION FOR USB 3.0 PORTS KEEP COMING LOOSE.

This review is from: Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 - Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Dual Front Mounted USB 3.0 Ports, Three Preinstalled Fans: 1 x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1 x Top 140mm Fan, 1 x Rear 120mm Fan

Pros: Update to prior review

Cons: Two eggs off for super poor USB connector/port design and making me have to dish out extra money to fix something that shouldn't have been broken in the first place.

Other Thoughts: As noted by many reviewers, the USB 3.0 ports can come loose. This is due to poor workmanship and horrible design. The clown who came up with this shortcut should be fired. Unlike the USB 2.0 version of this case (which I have ZERO qualms about), this USB 3.0 version has super loose fitting USB ports. As you insert a USB device, notice you can wiggle it up and down. That is because the only thing holding this sucker to the case are two stupid little metal pieces that they've held to the case with some really weak glue.

Instead of tossing the case out the trash, I decided to go on @/\/\@Z0|\| and purchase a superglue called Krazy Glue KG48348MR. Since the USB connector is held by these two dumb metal pieces only (and thus making the USB connector unstable horizontally), I elected to cut off a very tiny square of sturdy but thin cardboard (a tiny little box I got from an Anker product, who BTW has awesome workmanship). I then superglued the cardboard to the bottom of the USB connector, on the flat area. You can't miss it when you take this sucker apart. Next, I put superglue on the other side of the cardboard and a little superglue on the metal pieces. I carefully insert the USB connector into the slot (while using a headlamp to look into the slot from the outside). I position it until the USB connector's two metal pieces find their correct rest spots. I press the USB cable/connector down using my fingers (on the hand that is on the inside of the case) firmly for about a minute. I then taped the outside of the USB port with strong clear shipping tape to somewhat hold it in position for 24 hours. I used the cardboard to stabilize the USB connector, horizontally. So basically the USB connector is superglued to the cardboard, and the cardboard is superglued to the case itself, effectively locking the USB connector to the case. After doing all this, the sucker isn't moving anymore. The other USB port that hadn't fully come off yet (and therefore I haven't fixed yet with this technique) is wiggling like crazy. If you are having this same problem, you can try what I did.

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  • James G.
  • 2/18/2015 11:05:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Case at a great price

This review is from: Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 - Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Dual Front Mounted USB 3.0 Ports, Three Preinstalled Fans: 1 x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1 x Top 140mm Fan, 1 x Rear 120mm Fan

Pros: Lightweight, mostly tool less and easy to work with. USB 3 in front is nice. Good cable manegement

Cons: PCI card slots on the back aren't thumb screws but those can be easily replaced. Only comes with one ssd caddy.

Other Thoughts: I bought this case to replace my Thor V2 case. This weighs less than half of what that case does. SO much easier to handle and manage. Has plenty of room to work in (the main reason I had the Thor before). Can even accept extended atx boards (mine is a mini atx so I have more room).

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  • Wang Y.
  • 2/8/2015 9:39:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDO NOT BUY

This review is from: Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 - Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Dual Front Mounted USB 3.0 Ports, Three Preinstalled Fans: 1 x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1 x Top 140mm Fan, 1 x Rear 120mm Fan

Pros: Sturdy, well designed, with plenty of ventilation

Cons: 1.) One USB 3.0 slot in front came loose (like entirely loose) the first time I used it. The other one is wiggling like crazy and will come loose within days I'm sure.
2.) The clown who put in the small case for card readers (or floppies if you still use them) put the cage upside down. The screw slots do not match unless I put my card readers upside down. I tried multiple card readers INCLUDING a ROSEWILL one. What the hill?

Other Thoughts: I bought two Rosewill Challenger USB 2.0 cases in the past. They are flawless and the USB ports have never came loose. Being that I bought this sucker for the USB 3.0 slots, and the slots are friggen worthless, I feel I have to warn anyone WHO WANTS TO USE THE USB 3.0 SLOTS to NOT BUY THIS PIECE OF TRASH. You have been warned.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you very much for purchasing this unit.
We strive to provide the most reliable and highest quality products to our customers.

Sounds like your product may be defective please contact our support team to assist you with warranty options.

Phone: 1- 800-575-9885
Email: rma@rosewill.com
Email2: techsupport@rosewill.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,
Rosewill Customer Care

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