|NZXT Rogue Crafted Series SFF Gaming Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Tuesday, 08 January 2008|
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Crafted Series Final Thoughts
First of all, I would like to clear up why there weren't any pictures of installed components on the removable tray outside the NZXT Rogue. The simple answer is that I wasn't able to. The removable motherboard tray is limited in features, you can only do installation outside the NZXT Rogue if you have a stock CPU cooler; otherwise you won't be able to slide the removable tray back in the NZXT Rogue. This was personally a big let down for me.
The first suggestion I would like to offer is combining the rear exhaust fan with the removable tray so when you remove the tray there are no clearance issues for large heatsinks. As I have experienced with most Mid-Tower or Full-Tower cases, it proves to be a lot less painful for the consumers. As I am sure most gamers don't use Intel stock heatsink if they want to overclock their systems, and there are a few Micro-ATX boards available on the market that allow for far greater overclocks than previously accounted for.
The ASUS P5E-VM HDMI motherboard was the board used for this particular system, and I was able to get a successful overclock on my Q6600 to 3.2GHZ with the Cooler Master Hyper-120 CPU cooler. The V-drop on the board didn't allow any higher overclock on my particular board. The temps could have been better, I was close to 60C on my G0 stepping Q6600 at 3.2 with all four cores loaded with Prime95. I was really happy with the temps after not being able to direct the CPU heat out of the NZXT Rogue. Although the temps were stable, they could have been better.
I was really disappointed with one particular aspect of the installation, as I really like to have airflow going out of the NZXT Rogue and I am sure most of the enthusiasts do as well, especially in a SFF chassis. NZXT Rouge is by no means is a small case, it is much bigger than any other SFF chassis I have ever seen. This case is really wide, and I would not have minded another inch on each side. This would have done wonders and probably would have been able to install the CPU cooler directing the heat outside the NZXT Rogue, especially the side exhaust fan being right next to it. The CPU temps were higher due to that particular problem and I was able to improve it by simply taking off the top panel, and the CPU temps went down an amazing 6C. So that proved to me that there was too much heat staying inside the NZXT Rogue, especially around the CPU area. One could certainly have a different experience with the NZXT Rogue if used with the stock cooler or a medium size air cooler, but it should be able to accommodate all coolers without any restrictions considering the size of the NZXT Rogue.
After I first received the NZXT Rogue I wondered if I could fit an ATX case in there, I can not count that against NZXT as this case is meant for small motherboards, but It would have been a wonderful option that one could hardly resist. As I stated before it only needed an inch on each side to be able to accommodate regular ATX motherboards. I was able to determine this by simply putting a spare ATX motherboard inside the NZXT Rogue.
Even though it may seem as If I am totally unsatisfied with the Rouge series of chassis, however that is certainly not the issue at all. I really loved everything about the NZXT Rogue other than a few areas I would like see NZXT really hit the spot on. I believe NZXT has "winner" written all over it, and with only a few improvements it could get better and win even more hearts. I do have a system running in this case and I am really pleased with the results. NZXT's Rouge series of chassis accommodates the highest end video cards and highest end power supplies, and I would also like to see highest end motherboard added to that list. This case could easily fit an ATX motherboard, and I would really love to see it do just that. Maybe in the next revision of the NZXT Rogue I hope NZXT will only make it better. Consumers might not care about these improvements, but in this particular field we at Benchmark Reviews have to analyze the product from all angles and suggest the improvements (if any) that would benefit the consumer and also improve the product quality.
However suggestions are only for the future recommendation, I can not count the suggestions against the NZXT Rogue because the NZXT Rogue was never meant to be that way, but it easily could have been a case that I could imagine holding my next high-end rig with a regular ATX motherboard, that could even allow our readers to go Sli or Crossfire X if needed.
Conclusion: NZXT Rogue
The NZXT Rouge SFF chassis is a case that really impressed me from the beginning. I loved the size and the room that was available to me to work with. It is a great looking case that could sit right on top of your desk and impress anyone that looks at it. The construction is very solid and really high quality finish in and out. The case is not as light as the other SFF cases but looking at the size it is not that heavy either. NZXT has crafted a very high quality product when it comes to construction. The case provided adequate cooling performance for the system components, which could have been better had I been able to direct the CPU heat outside of the NZXT Rogue. You can have up to 4TB of internal storage considering the fact that the largest hard drive available to an average consumer is 1TB and the Rogue has four HDD bays.
NZXT Rouge has only just become available for purchase, and NewEgg presently offers the best price of $139.99 for the blue LED at the time of this review. NewEgg also offers the red LED version for $149.99. I would like the prices to be a little less expensive, maybe for around $100-120 it could be a better value.
Overall I can recommend this case to someone who wants a SFF chassis that could hold any graphics card available to-date, and simply give you the best compact gaming rig you can imagine which would sit easily on top of your desk.
+ Holds any graphics card to date
- Front Panel removal required to install CD-ROM or Floppy drives
Final Score: 8.3 out of 10.
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