Page 1:Value-Oriented Cases: More Quality, Same Cash?
Page 2:BitFenix Shinobi
Page 3:Building With The Shinobi
Page 4:Enermax Ostrog GT
Page 5:Building With The Ostrog GT
Page 6:Rosewill R5
Page 7:Building With The R5
Page 8:Zalman MS800 Plus
Page 9:Building With The MS800 Plus
Page 10:Test Settings
Page 11:Temperature, Noise, and Acoustic Efficiency
Page 12:Which Of These Four Cases Takes Top Spot?
Building With The R5
The R5’s hard drive trays are designed to place 2.5” and 3.5” drive interfaces identically, which would be great for matching up with backplane connectors. Unfortunately, the R5 doesn't include a backplane, though it still requires that you remove a 3.5”-drive-locating pin to install storage in a 2.5" form factor. That pin pushes out with moderate force, so it's not much of an inconvenience.
Two sets of holes allow 2.5” drives to face towards either side of the tray. I chose to have the connectors pointing right, making it easier to hide cables.
Rosewill’s R5 chassis so closely resembles Corsair’s Obsidian 550D that it even has the same SATA cable clearance issue. Owners of 10.5”-wide motherboards beware!
Sticking to standard-sized parts gets us a pretty standard-looking installation. Knobs on the optical drive bays twist to retract or extend locking pins, while screws secure the motherboard and cards.
The finished build looks dark and mysterious. It even includes a mystery door to nowhere in its faux 3.5” bay cover.
- Value-Oriented Cases: More Quality, Same Cash?
- BitFenix Shinobi
- Building With The Shinobi
- Enermax Ostrog GT
- Building With The Ostrog GT
- Rosewill R5
- Building With The R5
- Zalman MS800 Plus
- Building With The MS800 Plus
- Test Settings
- Temperature, Noise, and Acoustic Efficiency
- Which Of These Four Cases Takes Top Spot?