Rosewill Cullinan EATX Mid-Tower Gaming Case Review

Testing Methods, Results And Final Analysis

In spite of any installation woes, the finished product looks great! FYI, the grey reflections are cast by the table it’s sitting on, and the off-white reflection is from a light under that table.

Great looks and photographic augmentations aside, we really want to see how Rosewill’s Cullinan compares to other cases. To the point, I found two vastly different cases of similar size with which to compare the excellence of its glass panels and the inconvenience of its riveted-in power supply shroud/drive cage.

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Test hardware and methods remain consistent from the earlier review, and have been kept that way for over a year so that readers can compare data from any of our recently-tested mid-towers and full-towers.

Test Results

Similarities between Cullinan and Z9 Neo temperatures can probably be attributed to fan arrangement. The Z9 Neo may be cheaper, but it does have one more (low-cost, non-controllable) fan.

The Cullinan’s fans aren’t exactly quiet, either. Its tempered glass side panels do a fairly good job of blocking in graphics noise, but so does the Z9 Neo’s plastic panel.

Focusing on performance similarities between the Cullinan and Z9 Neo hasn’t put much light on Enthoo Evolve ATX Tempered Glass performance, but we can see in the cooling-to-noise chart that its lower average temperatures and similar average noise levels produce a far better overall performance profile.

Rosewill quotes a Newegg price of $150 for the Cullinan, where the Enthoo Evolv ATX TG sells for around $40 more. The 27% additional cost can’t be offset by a 12% gain in overall performance, so the Cullinan takes the value lead between the two tempered-glass cases. The Z9 Neo, being a far cheaper case with plastic and steel panels, isn’t competing for the same buyers and was only included because of similarities in both size and internal construction.

That last part puts Rosewill in a bit of a bind. While the Cullinan has some high-end features such as the tempered glass side panels, front panel glass insert, better fans, and better port selection, it still has a few design and manufacturing shortcuts that let us know it’s not a complete contender for the tempered glass version of the Enthoo Evolv ATX. For example, I really despised the abuse I had to put my graphics card through to get it past the small opening for its screw tab. I reached maximum frustration after forgetting to add an ATA power cable to my power supply, since there isn’t enough room inside the riveted-on power supply shroud to fit my hand in and insert the cable end. I even had to ditch one of the case’s SATA trays just to make room for the EPS12V cable. While any of these flaws may have been mere annoyances on a case half its price, each of these are potential deal-killers in the high-end market.

And then there’s the missing eighth slot. It’s even missing from the more ergonomically-designed Enthoo Evolv ATX. We all know why some high-end system builders might need it, and that case makers consistently give us additional mounting space in the other direction because motherboard manufacturers keep labeling 10.6”-deep boards as EATX (13”) rather than XL-ATX (which requires an eighth slot). A case manufacturer could indulge a few extreme builders by adding that slot to its EATX designs, but even that wouldn’t have been a big enough move to mitigate all of the Cullinan’s other hardware installation difficulties.

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  • Scorpionking20
    They straight up store this design from Phanteks' line. If your going to copy, do it right. Good job Phanteks.
  • ThadeusD
    Wait, I thought this was something Thermaltake stole from Fractal Design?

    It's so hard to keep up.
  • luissantos
    I have to agree with THDEUSD, this looks just like the Define S from Fractal Design.
  • thundervore
    So im supposed to believe that only eATX cases can support triple 140mm fans in the front?
  • turkey3_scratch
    All the cases look so similar.
  • sillynilly
    Yawn - cool another black rectangle! So exciting!!
  • JakeWearingKhakis
    At least it doesn't look like another transformer. I like the cases like this that are classy and minimalistic on the outside.
  • jwl3
    Wow, way to rip off the Rolls Royce brand. Cullinan is the name of their new SUV.

    Rosewill, Rolls Royce. I see what you did there.
  • jwl3
    By the way, this looks identical to my Fractal Design R5.
  • Crashman
    627667 said:
    So im supposed to believe that only eATX cases can support triple 140mm fans in the front?
    Did anyone every say that?
    First of all, this is a mid-tower, and the height of a tower dictates how many fans a case designer can stack on the front.
    Second of all, EATX is a depth, not a height. Since the added motherboard mounting depth was achieved by not placing any drive bays in front of the motherboard, this EATX mid-tower is no larger than most ATX mid-towers.
  • thundervore
    8708 said:
    627667 said:
    So im supposed to believe that only eATX cases can support triple 140mm fans in the front?
    Did anyone every say that? First of all, this is a mid-tower, and the height of a tower dictates how many fans a case designer can stack on the front. Second of all, EATX is a depth, not a height. Since the added motherboard mounting depth was achieved by not placing any drive bays in front of the motherboard, this EATX mid-tower is no larger than most ATX mid-towers.


    My question was not directed to anyone in particular, it was sarcastic question with no target.

    Im aware this is a midtower, im aware what EATX is and that it means a deeper not a taller

    The real purpose to my sarcastic post was a simple question of how are there other cases on the market with similar dimensions that are standard ATX but they only offer dual 140 or triple 120 fans in the front when they have more than enough room to accommodate triple 140. But here we are with an eATX case where they offer triple 140.
  • Crashman
    627667 said:
    8708 said:
    627667 said:
    So im supposed to believe that only eATX cases can support triple 140mm fans in the front?
    Did anyone every say that?
    The real purpose to my sarcastic post was a simple question of how are there other cases on the market with similar dimensions that are standard ATX but they only offer dual 140 or triple 120 fans in the front when they have more than enough room to accommodate triple 140. But here we are with an eATX case where they offer triple 140.
    Here you go, an ATX mid tower with the fan mounts you seek:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fractal-design-define-s-case,4300.html
    Notice that the only reason it's not EATX is because the step in the motherboard tray is too close to the motherboard to fit a 13"-deep board. If we treat EATX labeling as a marketing ploy, Rosewill's marketing wins :)
  • B16CXHatch
    Well, looks like more Rosewill rebadging. The Cullinan is just a rebadged Anidees AI-Crystal. Science Studio and Linus Tech Tips both recently reviewed it (the anidees version that is). Neat case though.
  • envy14tpe
    Clearly case manufacturers have run out of ideas...
    Design Team: Any ideas? Nope. So, lets just copy Fractal's Design...good idea.
  • Nintendork
    The thermaltake suppressor f51 is the better choice, you get that nice door, noise insulation and 5.25" bays.
  • PureBlackFire
    this is identical to the Anidees Al Crystal is it not?
  • Anathemata
    My first impression was, "Lian-Li asked Fractal design to design an Antec case for In-Win."
  • sykozis
    1971437 said:
    this is identical to the Anidees Al Crystal is it not?


    The main structure appears to be identical, yes. Reviews on Newegg for the Anidees Al Crystal seem to list very similar cons to those of the article author.
  • DSakony
    All you guys that talk about copying fractal designs. Are you not aware they ALL got their same designs off of jonsbo? All of these designs are based off the QT03 then the specific manufacture made slight changes and rebranded it. Not rocket science, even fractal designs essentially copied their design so don't be hypocrites. #learnsomethingeveryday