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Written by Doug Dallam   
Sunday, 04 December 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Raidmax Seiran Mid-Tower Computer Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: Exterior

Here we have a full frontal view of nine bays, which is a good start. It's a nice shape too, as the corners are beveled and not simply dead-on square. If I understand correctly, the top three bays fit 5.25" drives (with an option for one card reader or floppy type drive). Then you have the next three mounting 3.5" drives. The next bay is for 2.5" drives (SSDs), the next right after that fits a 3.5" drive, and then the next another 2.5" drive. Of course if you want to use 5.25" drives in the 3.5" slots, you can do that too, or vice-versa. This is a rather peculiar layout, and the "why?" will become evident in the detailed interior section.

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The side view. As you can see, mesh grill and a 180mm intake fan. The intake is symmetrically pleasing to the eye.

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I usually don't use an image of the cable side of cases because they would look like a black square in the middle of nothing. The Seiran is different, and here's one of the differences between the Raidmax Blade and the Seiran. (I tried to get a good reflection off the raised side panel so that you can see it's depth.) At its maximum depth, it's about a half inch. Instead of letting you stew in curiosity, I'll just tell you why this is here. For one, it could be simply aesthetics. There is, however, a utility to it: it's for cable management.

One of the problems with the Raidmax Blade was its virtually nonexistent cable space. As far as cable management goes, if it weren't for the expanded side panel, the Seiran would have suffered the same fate as the Blade because the two cases share internal similarities. As it is, adding the internal chassis cable groove space to the side panel space gives us about an inch for running main power supply cables. That's not bad.

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This baby's got back. Nice red mesh expansion covers. I'm not sure what's better looking here, the front or the back. You can see the water/usb/whatever-else-you-can-think-to-run-out-of-them holes. Everything else is about basic case fodder here.

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The top! The top's clean, and note, no blow hole. It's ripe for modding though. Get out your cutting torch and light that sucker off! I should say it before I forget too. The paint on this thing is pretty well done and feels like quality.

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Not a bad exterior at all, but I did notice the steel side panels are pretty thin. Tapping the panels, for instance, creates a more tinny than steel sound. Putting a micrometer on the side panel of the Cooler Master Silencio 550 confirmed my initial feelings. The Silencio measures 00.03" while the Sieran measures 00.025". The upside is that it is light, and when it's assembled, there is no flex to it. Alright, let's get over to the detailed exterior section and dig a little deeper.



 

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# RE: Raidmax Seiran Mid-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-12-04 20:59
Subscribing. Comments appreciated.
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# RE: Raidmax Seiran Mid-Tower Computer CaseChris 2011-12-05 04:46
Too Ghetto looking for me. I'm tired of metal boxes with plastic bit screwed on. Great review like always though!
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# RE: Raidmax Seiran Mid-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-12-05 05:29
I like the completely open front accessibility. I hope to see that design in other cases. Other things were less desire able, however, one being the price.
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# Tesla1776Greg 2011-12-08 03:04
Hi Doug, I enjoy your reviews and I think you did a great job of giving us readers the next best thing to being able to put hands on the thing. it appears that it's a bit 'thin' in some of the construction.
"plasticware, or "steel-astic." good god man! I think you just Shakespeare'd all over yourself LOL.
On page one , I think you probably meant 'beveled' as opposed to "cantilevered"
anyway, nice review. I am looking for a gaming case for my nephew, and I think you have ruled this one out for me :)
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# RE: Raidmax Seiran Mid-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-12-08 03:13
Hey tanks. I'm glad someone is reading them and seeing the subtle interjections that are my attempt to prevent "reader bore-fatigue."

And yes, I will have it changed to "beveled" as "cantilever" has a completely different meaning. Thanks.

I have another review due out in the next couple of days. It's of the Rosewill Ranger mid tower. It's not a bad case and if you need cooling, it's a wind tunnel. I actually gave it a recommendation.
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# Tesla1776Greg 2011-12-08 03:44
"reader bore-fatigue." hehe
well I will keep an eye out for that review. and keep up the colorful expansion of the language no matter what they say. You can take it, you are after all..."old flat top' :)
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# when it will come?Min 2011-12-09 21:03
i have been waiting for this case almost 2months-_-;

i'm really looking forward to it released..
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# RE: Raidmax Seiran Mid-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-12-09 21:15
I think they had it released but sold out. What do you like about this case?
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# RE: Raidmax Seiran Mid-Tower Computer CaseRichard 2011-12-13 04:38
Super review. I really appreciated all the pictures and text. What I don't like about the case is the rear facing disk drives. I want the drives facing toward the side. If you make drive changes, the rear facing drives generally require you to remove the graphics card.
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# What the......Enigma8750 2011-12-13 08:00
Did RaidMax actually come out with a decent box. Good Job.. Not bad. Its not the best out but it is marketable.. Great job guys.
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# RE: Raidmax Seiran Mid-Tower Computer CaseAdrian 2011-12-13 11:06
This case shows us that the techs from Raidmax know how to create a decent PC case too. Good job.
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# Xigmatek fan?Mergatroid 2011-12-13 16:44
That 180mm fan really reminds me of Xigmatek fans. Specifically the 200mm fans available from newegg.com. I believe those are the same fans used in the original Corsair 600T case. Many people (including myself) replaced them due to poor performance. They sure look similar.

Personally I don't see much to like about this case. I suppose it's pretty good for $100, but as you mentioned there are other cases in that price range that IMHO are better cases. Personally I couldn't do without removable drive cages any more. I also prefer sideways mounted cages over the front/back older style cages because you can completely hide the cables. I know looks are subjective, but personally I think this case doesn't look very good. I don't like the window design, nor the front bezel, nor the convex design on the right side panel (I realize it may be very functional for cable management, but I don't think it looks very good myself). I also don't like the big latches on the 5 1/4" drive bay covers (I think they could have found a better way to spend the development funds). Considering how seldom you have to remove them, I really don't mind interior plastic clips if it avoids big ugly latches on the exterior. I really don't like the big square front panel at all.
I suppose for $100 you could do worse, but there are better cases available for about the same price.

Here's a test fit I did of one of the Corsair 200mm fans on the optional (at the time) side panel mesh for the 600T. Looks pretty similar to me.

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# No pics I guessMergatroid 2011-12-13 16:46
Guess I can't post pics, sorry...
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# RE: Xigmatek fan?Doug Dallam 2011-12-13 17:03
Megatriod. I think I'm pretty much with you on that. There are, in my opinion, better cases for less than 100.00, as I pointed out. This case, again, in my opinion, is simply out of its class at 100.00. We'll have to see what price they actually come in at when available. But the Rosewill Ranger, which is now published too, I think is a better case, functionally speaking, and it's intro price is 70 bucks! It has the side mount drives and can take up to seven fans, five of which can be 140s, with some limitations. You'll have to read the review for the rest :)
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# That sounds more like itMergatroid 2011-12-14 17:47
That sounds like a better option to me. I'll have to check that review...
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