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Rosewill Shows Off New, Easy Access PC Cases

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Rosewill's gaming PC cases typify the trend towards modular construction

Front and center (well, more like back and left) was Rosewill's booth for COMPUTEX 2010, which featured a variety of products from the PC component reseller. The feature attraction were a bunch of cases set for eventual release to the market.

The key features of the Rosewill Gear X series gaming PC case are it's sideways 3.5" mounts and component layout that promises generous air flow. At the front of the case is a tray that slides out to accommodate drive mounting. It's a simple matter of pulling the tray out for quick access to both sides for placing screws. Below this tray are static mounts that are also oriented towards the side.

The case's front fan is directly in front of these side-ward mounts, while up to two fans can be mounted directly above the CPU fan to pull air in (the power supply is near the bottom). The top fan mounts swivel upwards away from the case, also for easy access purposes.

The Gear X series comes in X2 and X3 variants, designed for microATX and full ATX motherboards respectively. Our only concern with Rosewill's product is that the sliding tray needs to be removed to make way for large-sized GPU cards like the higher-end ATI 5xxx series. Rosewill is currently ramping up mass production for an end-of-July 2010 market release, with estimated prices of $70 and $80 for the X2 and X3 respectively.

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    Anonymous , June 1, 2010 3:08 PM
    Is it forbidden to point out that Rosewill is the Newegg store brand? The division is 100% owned by Newegg and Rosewill branded products are only available from Newegg.
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    N.Broekhuijsen , June 1, 2010 3:03 PM
    What does the side panel look like?
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    Anonymous , June 1, 2010 3:08 PM
    Is it forbidden to point out that Rosewill is the Newegg store brand? The division is 100% owned by Newegg and Rosewill branded products are only available from Newegg.
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    TunaSoda , June 1, 2010 3:11 PM
    xxxxxxRosewill branded products are only available from Newegg.

    No
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    Jerky_san , June 1, 2010 3:22 PM
    I actually really like rosewill.. they are generally a great product.. My only problem is they discontinue stuff that surprises me.. Like my external sata 2.5 drive that they used to sell a hot swappable plug for.. Where I didn't have to have any cables just walk up and slide in the drive and then unplug when IO was done.. I like the cases but just hope they don't have crap loads of non removable LED's..
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    nforce4max , June 1, 2010 3:23 PM
    Yawn... I never buy Rosewill, to many buy their junk PSUs only to find out they're crap and can't run most high end and some mid range cards.
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    moomooman , June 1, 2010 3:23 PM
    What ever happened to Desktop PC cases? Was there a technical reason they died out?

    Also, a few years ago I remember reading about the standard that was to replace ATX (NLX?). Supposedly our video cards would be the other way up so we could see the lights and fans etc. Guess that died out too?
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    Anonymous , June 1, 2010 3:26 PM
    I'd just prefer hotswap trays for all the drives...
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    broketechjunkie , June 1, 2010 3:33 PM
    nforce4maxYawn... I never buy Rosewill, to many buy their junk PSUs only to find out they're crap and can't run most high end and some mid range cards.

    PSU != Case
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    jimslaid2 , June 1, 2010 3:44 PM
    ATX is here to stay BTW. It just too common, plus it's hard to make a profit from uncommon form factors.
    I bought a Rosewill case for $20 (micro ATX) it's just a plane black case perfect for HTPC.
    The new form looks cool, but with Antec making 300's for about $60 USD It's gonna be hard to sell these. Thermaltake has similar offerings in that price range as well, with better quality.
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    dalta centauri , June 1, 2010 4:47 PM
    nforce4maxYawn... I never buy Rosewill, to many buy their junk PSUs only to find out they're crap and can't run most high end and some mid range cards.

    Stallion series was some of their more decent psu's. I had one and it ran in my pc fine for the year I had it. Still have it, of course I'm running a 4670 so it's not overloaded >.>
    Facts about psu's: Don't buy a 500-700watt psu for 20$ thinking it's going to run crossfired/sli builds. A more common mistake is someone buys a case with a psu or a Logitech psu and expect it to run an Nvidia 260-295 because it has the needed cable.
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    chesterman , June 1, 2010 4:52 PM
    this will probably hit here in brazil costing something like R$ 300-400 (about US$ 170-220 )
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    sublifer , June 1, 2010 5:13 PM
    yawn. Doesn't look like anything new to me. sideways 3.5" bays that can be removed is old news. I'd rather they have just made front-access hot-swap bays.
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    falchard , June 1, 2010 5:26 PM
    Wow Rosewill released something that doesn't look like crap. Is this a note of how much they have change? Or is it that they decided to paint their case better?
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    madman1391 , June 1, 2010 6:01 PM
    nforce4maxYawn... I never buy Rosewill, to many buy their junk PSUs only to find out they're crap and can't run most high end and some mid range cards.


    I have had a Rosewill Power supply for 3.5 years and its still working. I even had a little incident where i was messing around with a switch and raw wires, i ended up sparking on my case and shutting down the computer. Powered it back up and still going strong.
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    amstech , June 1, 2010 6:20 PM
    Meh... average.
    I'll stick with my Xclio's.
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    kelemvor4 , June 1, 2010 6:26 PM
    looks kinda nice but having to remove the cage for a full length video card kills it for me. The past 5 cards I've owned were full length (7900gto, 8800gtx, gtx 280, gtx 295, gtx 480).
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    Kelavarus , June 1, 2010 6:39 PM
    I've got a Rosewill Destroyer and I've got great airflow, it's a beautiful case (fits full length video cards no problem), and it was $60 (they go on sale for $50 sometimes as well). Haven't tried their PSUs though, so dunno.
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    jjchmiel78 , June 1, 2010 7:21 PM
    My Rosewill case case actually seems better suited than this "new" one. Mine has a push button release for the side panel. A quick release front panel to access the front dust screen and 5.25/3.5 front drives. It has side mount Hard Drive mount cage. All drives use rubber mounted toolless rails so it is whisper quiet. The side panel has a telescoping/removable CPU funnel. The inlet hole has a dust screen and hole mounts for a fan. The front and rear fans are 120mm. More than enough room for the biggest of video cards. Top mount Power button, USB, firewire, and audio ports. I only paid $50 on sale for it. The only thing I do not like is the molded slit and space for a floppy drive.
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    ayssius , June 1, 2010 9:22 PM
    I can't tell if it was the lighting, the low resolution shots, or perhaps the really poor cable management. But this case kind of looked ugly to me. On top of which it certainly does not bring anything new to the table.
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    elel , June 1, 2010 9:40 PM
    How come this looks so much like my cooler master storm scout in it's internal layout? Bottom psu, top fan, sideways hdd cage, everything!
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