- SECC Steel MicroATX Mid Tower
- USB,HD & AC97 Front Ports
- Side Air duct
- 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays
- 4 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
A Value Micro-ATX Case of Adequate Features and Build Quality 10/13/2008
This review is from: Rosewill R101-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Basic micro-ATX mid-tower case with adequate features, build quality and attractive appearance. Case is spacious and easy to work in. Case can accommodate up to four internal harddrives, three 5-1/4 optical drives and two 3-1/4 inch drives. Case was well packed in double boxes with fore/aft Styrofoam supports which isolated the case. Case finish is matte-black lacquer finish of excellent quality. Front panel is made of ABS plastic of excellent fit and finish. Front panel not designed for regular removal. Right side panel was secured with two thumb screws for easy removal. Left side panel is removable but secured with screws that are replaceable with thumb screws. Case internals have folded over edges that lend strength and safety. Case comes with an easily removable generic motherboard rear panel shield. A serial port punch-out is also provided. A 120mm case fan is provided which moves a considerable amount of air through case. Case allows a second front mounted 120mm fan.
Motherboard is attached to indents on the motherboard pan instead of standoffs more expensive cases offer. This proved not to be a problem with motherboard grounding. Case internal structure and side panels are of 0.5mm steel while case back panel is heavier 0.7 mm steel. Despite this, case is light and remains sturdy. Nothing rattles after assembly. One card slot is open and only one slot cover is provided. This upper slot is normally occupied by a graphics card. Remaining card slots are closed with metal tabs twisted off when these slots are required. If you want to shield and open slot after removing a card, you have to provide slot covers. Instruction sheet is very minimalist, single page, measured 6 x 8 inches, and printed on cigarette paper. Case fan is an ARX FD1212-S31333E, a 120mm sleeve bearing fan rated at 2100 RPM, 73.7 CFM and 38 DD. This fan is audible and replaced with two Coolermaster R4-S2S-124K-GP 120mm fans rated for 1200 RPM, 44.7 CFM and 19 DB. It’s silent.
I am well satisfied with this case. It’s a nice case that I use for a low-power PC I keep off-line for privacy where I maintain a journal/diary and private correspondence. Case is attractive, looks good on my desk, and provides the basic functionality I need.
I gave this case four eggs because it is not as nice as a Lian-Li or Silverstone case and I have to keep perspective. However, for $25 it’s hard to beat the value of this case. This case provided better value than the Thermaltake VI5000BNS which has identical case body and finish but a nicer front panel for about double the cost.
I plan to buy more of these cases for private builds I do for friends and family.
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