Midi Towers: You've Come a Long Way, Baby

Thermalrock Circle: The Hi-Fi Experts

The Circle RH-F030-25W by Thermalrock is definitely one of the most striking newer midi towers out. The unusual design of the front section looks more like a CD changer than a PC case. The first glance is deceiving however, as the four CDs are only for looks having no other function. At 30.8 lbs (14 kg), the Circle is one of the heaviest test participants. Adding on hardware it quickly reaches 44 lbs (20 kg).

A good match for your stereo, but not much good for anything else.

Front Panels And Connection Ports

The 5.25" drives are accessed through the lit, lockable shutters. When open you can change out the four CDs that are just for looks. The connection ports for USB, FireWire, and audio are on the top. This design makes for good access, but a lot of dust accumulation too.

The front panel door is lockable.

Blue LEDs provide graceful lighting.

Siggy Moersch