|Rosewill THOR V2 Full-Tower Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Doug Dallam|
|Monday, 08 August 2011|
Page 5 of 6
Detailed Interior FeaturesLet’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking at the bottom of the case, outlined are the rubber power supply rests and the bottom 140/120mm fan mount.
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.
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.
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.
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.