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RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WU Black/Blue SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

  • SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower
  • 2 x USB2.0, 2 x Audio Top Mount Front Ports
  • 4 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 5 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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Whether you're looking to build a new system from the ground up or you want to move your existing system to a better home, the Raidmax Tornado mid tower is a solid value. The Tornado is conveniently built with color-painted front panel, 7 expansion slots, and an easy-access front I/O panel with 2 USB 2.0 ports and audio jacks.

Inside, there's space for your ATX/Micro ATX motherboard, four 5.25" external drives, one 3.5" external drives, and five 3.5" internal drives. Your components will all have plenty of airflow with dual blue LED 80mm fans and a 120mm rear fan. The Tornado ATX-238WU covers your gaming needs, and packages it all in style!

  • newegg Transparent Side Panel Window The Raidmax Tornado ATX-238WU’s transparent side panel window provides a direct view of the inner system. The brilliant blue fan lights add stylishness and eye-catching fun.
  • newegg Efficient Cooling The Raidmax Tornado ATX-238WU boasts dual 80mm blue LED front fans (one for CPU cooling) and one 120mm silent rear fan along with large front in-take fan grill for efficient ventilation and system cooling.
  • newegg Great Expandability with 10 Drive Bays Featuring four 5.25" external drive bays, and six 3.5” drive bays (one external and five internal), the Raidmax Tornado ATX-238WU provides great expandability.
  • newegg Convenient Front I/O Panel The Raidmax Tornado ATX-238WU features a convenient front I/O panel for easy access to two USB 2.0 and two audio ports.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Amanda L.
  • 3/5/2015 8:21:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt is what it is

Pros: Inexpensive, small, comes with fans.

I was putting together a budget gaming PC for less than $400. I already had a hard drive but I needed to purchase everything else new. I went with this case because it was inexpensive. I wanted something reasonably small. I had no intention of putting liquid cooling or a double-wide graphics card in it so this seemed fine for me. I also liked that it came with it's own LED fans. I didn't want to have to buy additional fans given my budget and the fact that it not only came with the fans, but they were LED fans was a huge plus.

I've been running this case for over a year now and am still quite happy with it. If I needed to build another budget gaming PC, I'd go back to this one for sure.

Cons: Inexpensive, small, comes with fans.

You get what you pay for. I set one of the outside panels down too hard on my cement basement floor and the corner dented a tiny bit. It's made out of low-grade medal so it's thin and will dent if bumped around too much.

It is hard to work in the case. I don't often re-build or add parts to my machines so the 20 minutes I might spend to add a new SSD or graphics card doesn't bother me. I recently installed a new SSD and I needed to remove all the SATA connections and the graphics card's power in order to install it but it was a minor inconvenience.

The fans it comes with are not excellent. They are low capacity. They are quiet because of that but if you're going to run a massive graphics card and a eight core system, you might want to get new fans. They've been decent for my AMD FX 6300, even running Borderlands 2 or most of the Adobe Suite all at the same time.

Other Thoughts: Know what you're getting. If you're spending $300+ on a processor, $400+ on a graphics card and another $200+ on liquid cooling, don't spend 40 bucks on a case. If you're building a budget system for moderate gaming, it's a great option.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/25/2015 8:41:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsYou get what you pay for

Pros: - Super cheap
- Has a window
- Is a case
- Has buttons

Cons: The construction is pretty cheap, materials and layout are not very nice. It's a real pain to add, remove, or move hard drives in this case as I had to typically take my ram out or my gfx card out to do so.

The case is not very large and as such does not fit large graphics cards which will run into the harddrive cage. I had to cut out a big chunk of the cage in order to fit a 260 in. There is virtually no room for cable management. I was able to stuff quite a few of the cabes behind the harddrive cage and work them down to the bottom unseen, but the space in between the cage and the mobo area is so small if I ever had to reconfigure the wiring I had to undo everything first.

Other Thoughts: At the end of the day, I've had this thing for years and lets face it, for every 200 hours of computer use I probably spent 10 minutes with the case open so it's not really that bad. But when you do have to work inside it, it's a pain.

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  • Elaine S.
  • 9/20/2014 10:49:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsVery bad case, extremal cheap.

Pros: Cheap.

Cons: Very cheap construction, poor quality!
DO NOT buy this case!

Other Thoughts: "You get what you paid for"

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,
We regret that this case didn't work out for you.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please send a email to rma@raidmax.com for faster respond/service.
We appreciate you choosing Raidmax products.

-Raidmax Support Team

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  • Josh C.
  • 8/10/2014 1:38:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot a bad case, unless you want to expand in the future

Pros: - Blue and black, cool lighting features, nice side window to see your hardware through.
- Cheap.
- Comes with fans.

Cons: - No standard fan holes in the back. There's a plastic bracket that only works with a few fan sizes. I drilled my own holes, but even after this, my liquid cooling radiator props open the cover and scuffs the window.
- Smaller than it looks. If you plan on having multiple GPU's in the future or several PCI cards, this probably isn't the case for you.
- Cheap metal and plastic constuction

Other Thoughts: I really had high hopes for this case. I got it during a sale for my first build, before I made my final decisions on cooling and mobo. That was a mistake.
For a micro or standard ATX build with no expectations of future-proofing down the road, this case is perfectly fine. It's got the "shiny" factor going for it with the lights, to be sure. But the case itself is cramped and the flimsy metal bends far too easily. A year in, I want to get something else that actually closes all the way and doesn't get so much dust in it.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,
First we like to thank you for your review.
We have heard your response and forwarded over to our production team in our manufacture factory overseas.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please send a email to rma@raidmax.com for faster respond/service.
We appreciate you choosing Raidmax products.

-Raidmax Support Team

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  • California C.
  • 2/10/2014 4:40:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsIf you are buying this case read this!!

Pros: Cool design, nice LEDs, USB 3.0 header, acrylic viewing pane, efficient cooling, and many drive slots!

Cons: Drive slots sit in a way that if your motherboard has the 24-pin connector by the edge you can't use a couple bays, the front fan makes it practically impossible to use some of the 3.5 bays. This leaves us with about two-three bays. :/
Rear fan is mounted in a bracket so if you want to mount a radiator for a liquid CPU cooler you can't, more on that later... Expansion slots break off and can't be replaced unless you braze them back on.

Other Thoughts: As said before the 3.5 slots can easily be blocked... Let's just say my rig has my SSD sitting sideways in the bays and my hard drive is hanging oh so comfortably in the bottom 5.25 bay. Also the rear fan! It has a bracket to hold it in place so if you were thinking of putting a radiator for your CPU cooler right there think again!! The bracket can't hold any radiators, at least none that I have tried. So if you want to put one in, you either can replace the case or get out those metal clippers and destroy your I/O port panel holder!! It's what I did and although the I/O panel is taped in and there is a hole where the radiator doesn't cover and I can no longer expand hard drive wise and the expansion slot screw holes don't line up with anything I put in it. This is a pretty ok case, but expect a whole lot of work trying to fit everything in there. But when you do it's gonna look b**tchin!!!

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  • Tyler U.
  • 12/24/2013 1:28:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsVery disappointing

Pros: Blue

Cons: Poorly constructed
USB 3.0 on front panel won't connect to most motherboards

Other Thoughts: I wanted a blue case for my computer. This was the only one I could find in my price range and I was very excited. Within a month of getting this case, the circuit board for the front panel broke off inside the case due to a slapdash glue job. The USB ports on the front no longer align with the holes in the plastic, so I have to open the case to attach any USB peripherals.

To top it off, the front panel has a USB 3.0 connector which uses an unfamiliar pin connector that doesn't work with 90% of the motherboards I've worked with and zero of the ones I have lying around. Very disappointed in this case.

But hey; at least it's blue, right? I'll be replacing it as soon as I can afford to.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,
We're sorry that this case may have caused some inconvenience for you.
If you like, you can send the case in for another replacement.
If it was the glue, or some other manufacture defect that caused all these problems for you, please send it in for replacement.
Please email rma@raidmax.com or call for live support at (909)623-6789 from Mon~Fri 9AM to 5:30pm pst.
Thank you

-Raidmax Support Team

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  • Alyssa B.
  • 11/6/2013 10:38:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLooks good, cooling seems amazing, but the case is painful if you aren't careful

Pros: cooling seems great, if you enjoy blue led's this case is fabulously bright, enough so that it can (and will) light up your entire room. case looks really neat.

Cons: the back panel is sharp. and I mean really sharp, first one of these I put together cut me up pretty good, so if you get this case, I strongly suggest being careful with the back panel. I got it as a combo deal but the shape isn't exactly great for a mid sized motherboard and doesn't come with nearly enough raisers. unless you take off both the front and back panel, the location of the sata ports is kind of inconvenient and a pain to maneuver around. I strongly suggest putting in your hdd and dvd drive in first so you don't have to weirdly maneuver it in there after having your mobo in. the case while not terrible is not very easy to work wtih

Other Thoughts: if you know what you are doing, it's great. if not... prepare to cut yourself on the back panel

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  • Ethan H.
  • 11/5/2013 5:40:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBlue and cool

Pros: Sweet looken case, seems to be built sturdy enough and lots of blue and black. Come with all the hardware to mount your motherboard and other accessories. Has enough room to mount most things in there, has enough to route wires and such decently. Has two intake fans, a 120 mm on the back and a 80mm on the front with a filter, and a exhaust fan on the side. And lets not forget the blue led fans, makes for a epic looking case.

Cons: Case was a tad to thin for my cpu heatsink, had to remove the side exhaust fan and carefully cram the side cover on. But I managed to put the fan on the outside to make use of the exhaust right above the cpu. Installing the CD drive was a bit of a pain since the screws holding the front panel on were in a tight place.

Other Thoughts: I wish it was just one inch wider and was built a little bit more sturdy, but all in all it's a great buy at a great price, can't get any better at this price point.

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  • John S.
  • 10/31/2013 8:53:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsN/A

Pros: Worth the money. Great use of space

Cons: Had a broken disc driver cover when arrived. No need to take an egg away for that.

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  • Huan T.
  • 10/10/2013 2:12:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsCheap case, rebate not honored

Pros: Mobo fit, comes with fans, so far all the fans seems to be running fine (~ months). I am a light user -- i shut the machine down during the day, at night I averaged about 4-5 hours use per day.

Cons: 1. Felt really cheap, I meant really really cheap
2. Be aware of sharp edges, you will cut yourself if not careful. I guess this is to be expected given the low cost
3. The HD mount did not align properly, i had to jam my ssd mount in there

Other Thoughts: Even though many posts warned about the company does not honored the rebate, i still got lured into it.

It's been over 6 months, even on the site it says rebated processed, i have not seen the check. I guess I won't be getting it.

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