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Rosewill Ranger Case Review: Page 2 of 4

At this price there really isn’t much in the way of competition. For this reason I would put it at the top of the list for cases in this price range. There aren’t a whole lot of features, but the features that are included are ones that most users would want. By B. Ramirez

Ranger Impressions

Rosewill have been producing cases for a while now and this one is aimed at the budget-minded gamer. This is evident in the paint scheme of this case. It has a red interior with a black exterior. Its exterior is painted in a very nice looking mat-black finish and it uses a steal and plastic construction. To be honest the construction does feel a little on the flimsy side. This is to be expected though from a budget case. This case is priced right now at about 70 dollars. At this price you have to expect that there are going to be some compromises on some features.

For its size this this case is actually fairly light. It weighs less than ten pounds without any hardware installed. This is also one of the reasons why it feels a bit flimsy. At the front of the case are all of your front panel connectors. One of the first things you’ll notice though is that there are no USB 2.0 connectors. This case has two USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA port, and audio ports. There is also the power and reset buttons along with a power LED. Being that USB 3.0 is becoming more available the lack of USB 2.0 really isn’t a big deal. USB 3.0 is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 anyway. This case also had a large mesh front panel with a 120mm red LED fan. This is the only fan that comes with LEDs.

On the left side panel you are given the option to install up to two 120mm fans and there is a small Plexiglas window above this ventilated area. On the other side of the case the right side panel is totally plain. At the bottom of the case there is plenty of ventilation to mount your power supply with the fan facing downward. There is also room to install another 120mm fan at the bottom to improve airflow over your video card(s). With the way the bottom of the case is designed there won’t be any problems with installing some of the longer power supplies. To prevent vibrations and scratches to any surfaces this case comes with four rubber feet.

At the back of the case is where you’ll find seven expansion slots along with the ability to mount your power supply at the bottom. Near the top there are three rubber grommets for passing through wires or water cooling hoses. This is great because it shows that they did take water cooling into consideration with this case. Many motherboards don’t have on-board USB 3.0 support so you can pass your front panel USB 3.0 cable through a rear grommet and into a rear USB 3.0 port. At the top of the case is a large ventilated area with an installed 140mm fan. There is also room to install a second 140mm fan if you choose to do so. Unfortunately there are no mounting holes for 120mm fans. If you’re planning to mount a radiator at the top of the case you’re going to either have to mod it or install a dual 140mm radiator. This will mean that you will have a difficult time installing an enclosed liquid cooling unit like the Corsair H100.

The styling of this case is very nice. It’s a bit understated but it should appeal to quite a few users and gamers. With the windowed side panel you are able to get a very nice view of your hardware and the red interior. This case is a little on the plain side but for the price you really can’t go wrong. From the outside I really don’t see too many problems that would impede installation. In the next part of this review we’ll go over how well the tool-less features work and how easy it would be to install your hardware. Overall this case is starting to look pretty good and hopefully once we get it opened it won’t let us down. I’d like to point out though that this case is going to make water cooling fairly difficult. If you look at the distance between where the top of the motherboard would be and the top of the case, there isn’t much room to install a radiator and fans. You could mount the radiator or the fans on the outside of the case, but this isn’t the ideal situation. With that being said let’s have a look at the interior of the case.

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