MSi Raptor Features
One of the first things that you’ll notice when you open this case is that it has some nice looking tool-less features. These are to make installing and removing hard drives and optical drives quick and easy. These are very sturdy for this price point and also complement the theme of the case. To use these just turn the black knob to the right to lock the drive and turn it to the left to unlock it.
On the inside of the case there really aren’t any holes to facilitate cable management. At this price point that isn’t unusual. What is unusual though is that MSi has included cable ties with adhesive mounts so that you can still keep your cables looking fairly tidy. These can also be opened easily for future upgrades. MSi has shown again that they’ve been paying attention to the needs of their customers.
All of the cables are of adequate length so that you shouldn’t have any problems connecting them to your motherboard or power supply. This is a nice touch because we have run into issues in the past with the front panel connectors not being long enough to reach the motherboard. Large graphics cards might be an issue if you plan to use all of the provided hard drive bays. This is just something to keep in mind particularly if your main graphics card is a long one and it isn’t going to be going in the uppermost slot of your motherboard.
One feature that I was really surprised to see is that this case has a very large cutout for installing your CPU retention bracket. This will make it much easier to install any aftermarket coolers for your CPU. This is one of the first cases that I’ve seen that has this feature in this price point. As you’ve seen so far this case comes with lots of features that you don’t normally see in this price range. So now that we’ve gone over the features and what to know about installing your hardware, let’s get this review wrapped up.