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Written by Doug Dallam   
Monday, 08 August 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Rosewill THOR V2 Full-Tower Computer Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Detailed Interior Features

Let’s start with the PCB mount for the front panel. I’ve taken the top off and this is what the PCB mount looks like. It seems to me that you can unscrew four screws and remove the entire pcb. That’s really nice. It’s nice because my last case had one of the USB banks fail and there was no way to get into that case to fix it (or in my case, 'tard it up worse than it already was), unless you wanted to drill out rivets. Having better things to do than drill rivets on a computer case, this easy access design is refreshing.

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This is how the front and top bezel mount. They use guide pins and a pressure mount plastic pin system. I don’t like it, although it comes off and mounts nicely. I just don’t like plastic pins like these holding parts that you need to remove in order to work on the case. However, the front and top bezels are not something you’ll need to often remove, as you can vacuum off the front of the fan filter from the outside, and the only reason to take the top off would be to work on the panel or replace the fan. So, I guess it’s ok, but a different method of mounting two key components to the case would have been more impressive.

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Another aspect I didn’t much care for was the card reader or accessory port mount. It’s where in the olden days a floppy drive would mount. First, you only get one cover. Second, the mount provided didn’t match the holes on my card reader. I ended up ditching the THOR’s mount and using regular 3.5” rail mounts. The problem then was that the card reader was too far recessed to look nice (but not so far that it was unusable). This bothered me so I called up a friend who uses the Cooler Master HAF X and asked him, for comparison, if he had any trouble.

You see, I had no trouble mounting the same card reader in my previous case, the Cooler Master 830. In a way, his explanation was comforting in that this isn’t a Rosewill design flaw. He reported he had the exact same problem with the HAF X and that his reader was recessed to a point he could not use the cover. He said he ended up using one of the full covers and just removing it when he needs to use his card reader. So here’s an image of the card reader mounted in the THOR V2 case. You can see it’s about 3/8" recessed. It’s not a deal breaker.

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More inspiring were the steel hard drive carriages that slide in with a click and are easy to use. The drives mount sideways with the cable ends pointing to the cable storage side panel area behind the motherboard.

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The drive carriages come with beefy, soft rubber dampers and mounting pins. As you can see, they mount from the bottom, which is standard. You can also see outlined the 2.5 inch mount.

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Looking at the bottom of the case, outlined are the rubber power supply rests and the bottom 140/120mm fan mount.

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Let’s get to some measurements. As previously mentioned, this case is roomy. How roomy? Really roomy! Let’s check it out. First of all, Rosewill’s specifications tell us that you get a full 12.99” of video card space. Remember, since the drive bays are not removable, this means you get a true 12.99” of video card space. Could Rosewill be pulling or legs here? From my measurements, they’re right on. For comparison, the GTX 295 behemoth card you see is fully 10.5” long. So yeah, you get some space.

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Next, I measured the CPU cooler space. The Rosewill specifications were mute on this measurement. Booyah! From the motherboard I measured almost 7.75” to the inside of the side panel.

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How about that side panel cable management? THOR V2 for the win! You get almost a full 1.125” between the motherboard tray and the side panel. I had no problems attaching the side panel with all of the cases’ cables, power supply cables, and accessory wires back there.

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Whew! We did it. There you have the Rosewill THOR V2 full tower gaming case, piece by stinking piece, right? Let’s get over to the discussion chapters now and hash out what we just saw.



 

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# RE: Rosewill Thor 2 Full-Tower Computer CaseAdam 2011-08-08 10:16
"So let me drop a bomb on you. This isn't Rosewill's design. Most companies selling cases don't make cases. They contract the work, and they cannibalize each other's designs."

I presume Xigmatek does this as well then as the first thing that hit me was how it similar it looked (internally and externally) to the Utgard. Hell, even the name follows the same theme.
Clearly improved in some ways yet possibly worse in others, not really sure if it justifies the considerably higher price though.
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# RE: RE: Rosewill Thor 2 Full-Tower Computer CaseSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2011-08-08 12:07
Since the Utgard is a Midi-Tower case that only has 7 PCI expansion slots, the Thor 2 with it's 10 expansion slots and XL-ATX motherboard support I think that the higher price is easily justified.

Good detailed review Doug, thanks for the interesting read.
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# RE: RE: RE: Rosewill Thor 2 Full-Tower Computer CaseAdam 2011-08-08 14:49
Durp, well I just failed horribly, didnt even notice it was a full tower.

That's what I get for skimming.
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# RE: RE: RE: Rosewill Thor 2 Full-Tower Computer CaseMike 2013-06-27 08:18
This case sucks in every way theres alot cheaper cases out there that can out perform this case for cooling
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# RE: Rosewill Thor 2 Full-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-08-08 23:11
I's still looking for 200/230mm fans. There isn't a lot of analytical information out there. I found an NZXT that has really good rating from buyers, and it has rifle bearings, but other than that, they all seem to be sleeved, which is horrible for horizontal mounts. Not only that, but I can't find any rifle bearing 230/20s with Red LEDs.

Thank you Steven Iglesias-Hearst
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# Knock-offJeremy 2011-08-10 18:42
This looks a lot like the cooler master HAF series cases. Mainly the HAF series full towers. Come on rosewill... you can do better than that. It may have got a high review just because it is practically the same as HAF, but much cheaper. I agree with Adam though. That is why I stick with the big dogs when it comes to cases. #1 cooler master, silverstone, corsair, and lian li. Other bigger companies such as antec and thermaltake I am not impressed by. Cheaply made and their designs are not well thought out. Just take a look at the lan boy air... what the hell were they thinking? lol it looks cool, but....
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# RE: Rosewill Thor 2 Full-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-08-10 19:51
Jeremy,
Thanks for your comments. It got the high review becasue I thought it was a well built and well thought out case. No doubt, the leaders are as you listed, and I tend to gravitate to them also--my last case was the CM Stacker 830 series. It looks to me like the THOR 2 design might have the advantage in the cable routing department, though, with more holes to run cables through. Overall, I was just impressed with its simple and very effective design.
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# RE: Rosewill Thor 2 Full-Tower Computer CaseMefist0 2011-08-10 21:00
Damn, in Amerika its Rosewill. I have the same case, and its named Aerocool X-Predator.
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# RE: Rosewill Thor 2 Full-Tower Computer CaseKSSyu 2011-08-10 22:21
This case looks quite impressive for the price. FYI Rosewill is part of Newegg along with ABS. Both of them rebrand items and sell them for at competitive price.
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# RE: Rosewill Thor 2 Full-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-08-10 22:43
@ Mefist0 No, they are both different companies who use the same top and front snap on bezels. There are slight differences to each built. You can get either one in Amerika.

@ KSSyu It's not a complete re-brand, although most companies re-brand at least some of the time. I think my Lite-on DVD writer is a Sony model. Rosewill is a subsidiary or New Egg, but I have no idea how much "control" Newegg has over Rosewill, if any. "Subsidiary" in business simply means some sort of interaction, ranging from full control, which requires, legally, 50% of shares in the company plus one to some sort of business agreement that does not control the sub. It is interesting though, since Newegg is a large and very successful company, it leads me to think that they would not want their name tarnished by offering products from "their" subsidiary that are inferior. Which leads me to believe, maybe, that Rosewill will continue to increase it's offerings, quality, and innovation in order to stay on the coat tails of Newegg. Maybe not?
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# Nice but....GanjaSMK 2011-08-10 23:46
Nice review, well detailed and spec'd, but something about the 230mm fans remind me heavily of the type that Thermaltake uses.

Having said that, might I mention that the Thermaltake 230mm fans are a complete joke. Very shoddy design, really low quality plastic, and easily burn out or shift speeds even though they're getting plenty of power and aren't on a fan control or controlled by a board.

Are those 230mm fans 230x20 or 25? If they're 230x20 I'm willing to bet they just as bad as the Tt fans.........
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# RE: Rosewill Thor 2 Full-Tower Computer CaseFarnsworth Worthington 2011-08-10 23:53
With that big X-shaped mesh on the side (and the Aerocool X-Predator heritage), I'm surprised they didn't just name it the "THOR X".
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# RE: Rosewill Thor 2 Full-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-08-10 23:59
I'm almost sure they are 230x30. I'll have to take one out and measure it. Good question.
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# RE: Rosewill Thor 2 Full-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-08-11 00:10
@ Farnsworth

lol
Or the Predwill XX, Rose edition.

We might see more of this in the future. The top and front just simply pull off. It also means that the top and front can be modified easily and placed on another box.
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# doggrell3000f doggrell 2011-08-11 06:15
i like the thor . i am usually attracted to clean simple exteriors like the corsair obsidian 650d . but the thor has a little more design flair and some originality without going overboard . plus its huge and has lots of big fans for the price . so i will definitely buy a thor for my next build later this year when 2011 socket mobos come out and the next generation of atom thin intels hit the market . i figure the thor will be selling for about $99.99 at some online discount store by december or january . all the other full twer cases by the top four brands start at 300 bucks for the same amount of space and no better fans included . rosewill will sell a ton of thors when the price drops in my humble opinion .
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# RE: doggrell3000Louis E. 2011-08-26 21:51
Newegg has just cut the price from $150 to $130.(Amazon's still charging $150).
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# Definitely a good deal for the priceGanjaSMK 2011-08-11 07:02
@ Doug

I'd be interested to see when you do measure.

But all aside the features, price, and design are fantastic - mostly all due to the selling price. I like this at it's price point just as much as I like the HAF 912 at it's price point. Hard to beat.
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# RE: Rosewill Thor 2 Full-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-08-11 16:41
Rosewill emailed me today and said the fans were 230x30mm.
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# RE: Rosewill Thor 2 Full-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-08-11 16:43
@ f doggrell

Yeah I was thinking the same thing. It's such a utility minded case.
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# just bought this caseThor 2011-08-18 00:21
I i just bought the case before reading this review and am very happy i bought it mainly because the case comes preinstalled with my legal name on it. thank you for this review, you sir have made my day!
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# RE: Rosewill THOR V2 Full-Tower Computer Casedlb 2011-08-21 14:52
Good review of a good case.... yeah, Rosewill is kind of like the Newegg "house brand" similar to how Rocketfish and Dynex are each kind of a BestBuy "house brand". It doesn't necessarily mean anything, but I wouldn't personally spend any money on any Rosewill, Dynex, or Rocketfish electronic products like power supplies, LCD/HDTV, etc. But something "inert" like a PC case is fine IMO, and I have used many Dynex blank CDs and DVDs (but I wouldn't drop $300 on a Dynex HDTV), but this is way off topic..... It was surprising to see how alike the THOR is to the Aerocool case mentioned above. The left side panel is different, but otherwise the cases are more-or-less the same.

...and... Doug- why would we be hatin' on the GTX295? That's a bad-ass card!! I ran a pair of 260s in SLI for a loooong time 'cuz they were so awesome! I'd still be running that SLI setup if the GTX2xx series had DX11 support.... so, no worries here... keep rockin' that 295- it's a beast!
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# RE: RE: Rosewill THOR V2 Full-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-08-21 21:36
That's pretty much how I see Rosewill too. On the other hand, if they did a power supply and Johnny Guru reviewed it and gave it good marks, and had things other PS's didn't have, I wouldn't hesitate to buy one--since there are only several good PS manufactures anyway.

Hatin' on my 295 because it isn't DX11 is exactly what I meant.--lol This card is one of the best ever made and it'll go down in Video Card History with the likes of the venerable 8800 Ultra and the 9800GTX2. The last time I checked comparisons, of which there weren't many, the 295 was still not beaten by any of the new cards when tested under DX10. It surely is a "beast."
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# RE: Rosewill THOR V2 Full-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-08-26 22:12
I figured it would end up around 130.00. For that price, it's not just a good but excellent case. I'm really enjoying mine. I don't think I could ever go back to the 120/140mm designs, unless temps come down with smaller dyes so that you only need 2-3 of them. I'm never going to have 6-7 120mm fans in a case again, ever.
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# On sale at eggGary Beebe 2011-10-18 19:19
129.99 with a $20.00 code make it $109.99

I bought one today, seems like a great deal!
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# RE: Rosewill THOR V2 Full-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-10-18 19:25
Wow at that price this case is a great deal. I love mine still. Fans are still quite too--no odd sounds coming from the bearings. maybe the best case I've owned for utility and ease of use.
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# Black FridayHorrabin 2011-11-24 11:19
sale at the Egg, 99.00!!
Doesn't say how long this lasts. I just ordered one based on this site review (among others). This is the best review on the web. Kudos to Doug on this one!
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# RE: Rosewill THOR V2 Full-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-11-24 15:32
That is an incredible price for this case. If you're looking for a full tower, I don't think you can beat it at that price/quality.
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# Black Friday DealBenjamin 2011-11-25 02:33
As of 5:30am this is still running at 99.00. Thank you for the thorough review as this and one other review factored into me buying in. The only thing I couldn't find was whether my H70 would have problems fitting but after seeing how enormous the space was inside I feel confident all will go well. I am coming from an Antec 900 which has served me excellently for many years but finally will see retirement due to new cable management needs (SSDs probably shouldn't be stacked haphazardly inside a case either, haha). Thanks again for the review, it was very helpful :)
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# RE: Rosewill THOR V2 Full-Tower Computer CaseSam 2011-11-25 17:08
Just ordered this case for 99.99...first computer I am building in quite awhile, and am definitely stoked! This seemed like the case with the best bang for the buck.
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# RE: Rosewill THOR V2 Full-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-11-25 20:24
I swapped my Cooler Master Stacker 830 evo for this case, and haven't regretted it at all.
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# COpyTeixeira 2011-12-24 04:48
This case is a copy of the NOX HUMMER ....
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# RE: Rosewill THOR V2 Full-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-12-24 15:39
This case has been knocked off at least three times that I know know of. Each vendor has it's on flavor. the Thor v2 got excellent reviews across the board. One site did a cooling test with it comparing it to around 10 diff towers, including the HAF 922, and it out performed them all in 99% of the tests. It's a really simple case that has great utility. I'm glad I replaced my Stacker with it. I can run it with only the side and top 230mm fans, turn off the back 140mm and turn off the front, and the temp stays relatively the same. This is why I'm a believer in the 230/230 side to top configuration now.

"The God of Cooling and Silence" AanadTech
##anandtech.com/show/4648/rosewill-thor-v2-the-god-of-cooling-and-silence/5
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# 230x30 mm fansLuay 2012-02-18 04:46
Hey Doug I know this review has been published 6 months ago but to the Thor's credit, no case have yet to match it's layout, airflow and cable management.

How goes the search for those fans? I only found Rosewill's $12 220x30mm and Rexus' $25 250x30 mm fans on Newegg. Why no 230x30mm? Will the 220x30mm fit and do the same job? And will the 250x30mm even fit?

I know there are tons of forums and sites out there but no one really goes into cases as well as BMR.

Thanks again :)
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# RE: Rosewill THOR V2 Full-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2012-02-18 21:44
I'd get the Bifenix Pro series 230mm fan: ##frozencpu.com/products/14445/fan-935/BitFenix_Spectre_Pro _230mm_Fan_-_Blue_LED_BFF-LPRO-23030B-RP.html

It will only take a bolt pattern the same as the 230/220mm sizes.

I agree. This case is just really simplistic and is a cooling dream machine.
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