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This review is from: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
Pros: Packaged well. Front bezel is very flush and very seamlessly streamed together. Case is lightweight when empty but very sturdy. Side panels are easy to get on and off unlike some cases you have to wrestle. Thumb screws and other tool-less features are great. Included fans actually do move air. Rear I/O shield popped right into place with minimal effort, but it snapped in securely and doesn't budge - These buggers are a PAIN in some cases. Backplate cut out is large enough for most coolers. Motherboard itself set directly down ontop of the risers and immediately lined up - no forcing the board to the back of the case, it was just ready. Video card and other PCI cards lined up 100% perfect with the case, no slight bending of brackets needed. Minimal design, no power led (other than the LED fan), included a speaker!! (more and more cases are coming without these) SSD bracket has mounting holes for TWO solid states.
Cons: Tool-less hard drive rails don't "stay" attached unless screws are used, therefor I recommend using caution, as they slipped right out of my hands and I dropped a hard drive. Luckily it was a solid state and only about 3 inches to the desk. Not enough room behind motherboard tray for cables (side panel wont fit back on). No front panel USB 3.0.
Other Thoughts: Area's that could be improved:
A slot in the motherboard tray above the motherboard to allow for the 4/8 PIN EPS connector to run behind the motherboard tray and come out the top would of made it nice, but since the case doesn't have a clear window you can't see this anyways. A centering pin for the motherboard would have been a cool little "extra" feature, but since the motherboard didn't require any amount of force to get the screws to line up, not really an issue. Interior cables for front panel could have been a dark color to hide them better. The top could have come with holes allowing for two fans to be installed, allowing the use of a double radiator on the top. The air holes for the power supply on the bottom of the case are pretty small, my power supply is long and the fan over extends into the un-ventilated area. Using this case for a secondary computer, and honestly, I like it better than my $200+ full tower. If there was just enough room to squeeze an EATX board in this case, i'd use it and scrap the full tower, but cant due to the way the motherboard tray is designed.
Pros: FAST! From power button to browsing newegg in under 10 seconds. Scores a 7.9 Windows Experience Index. Firmware was simple to update if you aren't a n00b.
Cons: Didn't like the retail OCZ packaging - The sides were bulging out because they crammed a mounting bracket and screws into a box barely big enough to fit the SSD by itself. If the box were maybe 2 MM wider it would of been fine. I only nitpick because trying to open a box that's bulging usually results in ripping the top of the box, and I keep all my PC parts boxes until the warranty expires. OCZ Toolbox wasn't smart enough to realize the drive was running the latest firmware, and still re-flashed with the same firmware... several times... Mostly a "duh" on my part for not reading the version numbers sooner, because I assumed it would say up to date when it was.
Other Thoughts: Got a 256GB to hold my OS and most of my games and I have a mechanical drive for pics/music/movies dump. I have been holding off on the SSD market because the price was not at an appealing level until recently. Caught this on sale and ordered immediately.
- Updating the drives firmware MUST be done while the drive is NOT the current boot device. Install the drive as an "extra" drive in your current PC, update it, then make it your primary drive.
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