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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: Interior

This is the business side of the case. Here we can see all nine drive bays, the CPU hole, cable routes, and some spaghetti coming out of the top. Altogether this is a pretty clean interior.

Raidmax_Seiran_SideOpen.jpg

This is the internal cable canal. It's also about a half inch deep. As I stated earlier, if you run your cables through this groove and into the side panel space, you get a total of about one inch of cable space. If you're like me, however, and just want to cram your cables under the side panel and get that sucker closed, you might have a problem.

Raidmax_Seiran_MotherboardTrayCableGroove.jpg

Remember I was saying that the drive layout was a little peculiar? That's because of the way Raidmax mounts the single fan in the front. You can see here that there is, indeed, and as previously mentioned, nothing in the front of this case, save bay covers. This is another clean aspect of this case.

Raidmax_Seiran_FrontFan.jpg

Here it is. The front fan mounts to two of the drive mounts. The fan/drive mounts are a little different from the regular 3.5" drive mounts. That's why these two are for 2.5" drives, lest your 3.5" drives protrude far into the motherboard area.

Raidmax_Seiran_FrontFanMount.jpg

Here you go. You lose around an inch and a half of space if you choose to mount a 3.5" drive here. But with four 3.5" bays, you're going to have plenty of room to mount them elsewhere. Really, you can mount any 9 drives wherever you want. So mix and match at your own will.

Raidmax_Seiran_HardDriveNoFlush.jpg

This is something that was missing from the Blade, drive caddies. They function like any other caddy, and lock down with the tool-less drive locks. With the Blade, using only these locks left the drives in danger of falling out, one, because there was no drive caddy and the locks were sloppy when set on a bare drive, and two, with the Blade, you only got one side of locks. The Seiran gives you drive locks on both sides, all the way up. Although not a really tight fit, the drives, after installation into the plastic caddies, lock down fairly snugly. If you want to screw them down, then you'll need to either screw into the plastic caddy itself, or use your own steel 3.5" drive caddy.

Raidmax_Seiran_DriveMount.jpg

Okay, that's it for the overview of the internal. Let's move over to the detailed interior and get our hands dirty. After all, the meat (and possibly, the mud) is in the inside, and not the outside.



 

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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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