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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

Rosewill THOR V2 Final Thoughts

For me, the THOR V2 is a good case. There are other more flamboyant or technically superior cases, but the THOR V2 is functionally well designed--no, excellently designed. I have no truck with its interior. It’s simply huge and was easy to work in. The fan set up and air flow are excellent, reducing multiple fan needs. The impressive aspect of this case is exactly what is unimpressive. It’s simple, and has almost no frills, but it's supremely functional, all the way to the front panel connectors. The interior is painted nicely and there are no sharp edges. The exterior dinosaur fins are a nice aesthetic touch too. That’s why I don’t have a lot to discuss here. It’s priced as a mid ranged case that delivers the goods for its intended audience.

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Except for a few minor issues, such as the card reader's 3.5” adapter and its fit, which I’m told is similar in even the excellent Cooler Master HAF X, the LED switch being hard to disconnect and being on the bottom of the bezel instead of near the top, the wobbly fan control knobs, and the unusable front bay quick mounts, the case is simply excellent. It’s a simple design that's fully capable. I don’t think there is even a need for the 140mm back exhaust fan, since the case is so open and there are no obstruction between the CPU cooler and the top 230mm exhaust fan.

I’m sitting here right now thinking of anything I didn’t like, other than what I’ve mentioned, or anything else that needs to be said, and I can’t think of one thing. A round of applause for Rosewill maybe? Ah, one thing. I’m told that case design is moving away from the removable filter option to the small perforations we see on the front and side of cases, like the THOR V2. The exception would be the power supply filter. At first, I didn’t like that about the THOR V2. I wanted real filters, but even my old case used the small perforations to trap dust, which means you only need to vacuum off the front of the intakes, which avoids removable filter cleaning. So as long as the side perforations do their dust collecting job, I’m happy with that too.

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. Ahhhhh yes, this is the case (get it) with the THOR V2, as the design has been out much loinger under the Aerocool brand name X Predator. What companies do is to change things like fan mounts, fan types, and case color combinations. Well, I guess we can't hit Rosewill too much on making a knock off. It's a jungle out there.

There is one other small oversight. When installing the back panel screws and the motherboard stand offs, I had trouble getting them to screw in. The back panel was a case of the holes not aligning as easily as they could, but then I’ve always had trouble with those stupid side panels.The stand offs were a completely different problem. At first I thought it was damaged motherboard tray stand off threads, but closer inspection revealed paint in about half of them. It’s really not a big deal, but it’s nice to know going in. Just finger them until they stop, and use a wrench to twist them down the rest of the way. Still, that’s a little sloppy. The positives greatly outweigh the negatives, which means I'm really liking this case. It also means that were done, except for the conclusion.

Rosewill THOR V2 Conclusion

This is Rosewill’s second version of the THOR series full tower gaming case. Improvements include a sturdier chassis and thumb screws for expansion cards. It also updates the front panel with four USB ports, instead of two: two USB 2 and two USB 3. The front panel also sports an eSATA port connected to the motherboard’s hard drive port. Moreover, the front panel also contains a built in fan controller with two control knobs controlling a total of six fans. It’s manual only, though. The obligatory audio ports are also there. The panel includes the THOR name in red LEDs and side panel LEDs that blink with hard drive activity. The LEDs are not at all over powering. This adds up to a front panel that is very nicely designed.

The top fins retract and expand with a manual switch allowing the top exhaust fan to move air out of the top of the case. The open close type top exhaust ports are a nice touch to a gaming case, and though some will say gimmicky, the design may be better off with the ability to close the vents when moving or working on the case. In other words, if you’re going to have top vents like these, a way to close them is nice.

The side panels are your basic push in the front, thumb screw the back design. I did have some trouble aligning the back panel screw holes, but that could just be my spastic approach to side panel installation. The front fan comes with a switchable red LED, with the switch mounted at the near bottom of the case. I’d have like to see this moved toward the top in future releases. This is neither a negative nor positive, but, rather, an observation.

You get a total of six front bays and six internal hard drive bays. The internal bays are not removable, nor is the motherboard tray, but there is so much space in this case, loading it was easy, even without the removable bay and tray. The hard drives get carriages that they screw to, and then the carriages slide into the side mounted drive bays. Expansion slots total ten.

Cable management is impressive with the THOR V2. You get almost a full 1.125” of cable space and a total of fourteen holes to push cables through. Cable management and space are two of the cases' high points. I ran every single power supply cable out of the back, shown above, and closed the panel with no binding. Impressive.

The case can take a total of five fans when utilizing the side 230mm fan, or eight fans using 140mm fans on the side instead of the 230mm fan; the THOR V2 comes with three 230mm fans and one 140mm fan installed. The fans are quite and move tons of air, and the 230mm fans are 800RPMs each. This case is a virtual wind tunnel, with no obstructions between the intake and exhaust fans, thanks to it’s cabling design, which is roomy and has plenty of large holes to run cables through.

Yep, I'm going to mention the very low noise, almost imperceptible scraping and bearing sound with the top and side 230mm fans (I didn't test the front one because I didn't hear any mechanical noise from that fan). As mentioned, it's more noticeable when the fans are horizontal, although the top 230mm is almost silent in the scraping and bearing noise department. When turning the fan by hand very slowly, and with my ear pressed against it, I can hear the ball bearings clicking. I don't like either of those things.

However, If you are a couple feet from the case in a room that is all but dead silent, you won't hear anything, and that includes the fans acoustic signature, which is all but imperceptible. You can hear air moving over the blades at full speed, but it's more of a rush sound than it is a blade sound, and the blade sound has a nice, low frequency hum to it ( similar to a Scythe Gentle Typhoon). Even at full speed, the noise is not distracting in the least, unlike some of those screamers with which we're familiar. One last blurb on the fans in this case. The 140mm fan in the rear gets it on. It's air moving ability is impressive and it's very quite.

In any event, I'm not really too happy about the mechanical noise Rosewill. You're not giving us any big design flare here, other than an admittedly well layed out interior and built in fan controller, so why not give us top shelf 230mm fans? On the other hand, if this is how all 230mm fans work on the acoustic side, then just disregard this analysis. I'd really appreciate any technical information on 230mm fans in this area, so if you are in the know, please post in the comments section. Most people are not going to notice these noise analysis points. Fan noise, both acoustical signature and mechanical noise, is one of my little excessive, compulsive deals, so I'm hyper sensitive to any noise from any fan. That's why I bought all Gentle Typhoon fans (their mechanical signature is nill, and even at 1800RPPMs, they have a nice, healthy low pitched hum to them). So take that into consideration too.

I’m not sure about the price on this one. It’s got some pretty stiff competition in its price range from cases that are a bit more refined, but then those cases don’t offer the space, cable routing, and excellent cooling this case does, nor a built in fan controller. If I hadn’t actually received this case and installed my system into it, I probably would have gone with something else, and that would have been a great loss. The THOR V2's utility factor is sky high, and, for me, that makes up for its lack of polish and flash bang elsewhere.

The THOR V2 is a big case, a wide and tall case, at almost 23”, and is a little over 9” wide. It’s made of some heavy steel too. The entire case weighs in at over 30lbs. It’s a muscular and aggressive looking design, but without being flamboyant. If you need a case that's huge inside, has a cool but not over-the-top design, and cools like a wind tunnel, the THOR V2 might just be on your list.

The Rosewill THOR V2 sells for $149.99 at Amazon and Newegg.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award

+ Huge internal space/easy to work on
+ Great cable management
+ Sturdy
+ Simple in design
+ Excellent air flow
+ Three 230mm fans and one 140mm fan installed
+ Innovative top vents
+ Two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 front ports
+ eSATA front panel
+ Fan controllers front panel
+ Removable top and front bezels
+ Tons of expansion space for both hard drives and cards

Cons:

- Paint in some motherbaord tray stand off threads
- Card reader mount may not match your hardware
- Front bay tool-less clips don't work
- No way to pick up case, except from the bottom
- Heavy metal construction
- Clumsy front fan LED mount on bezel
- Wobbly fan speed knobs

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.00
  • Appearance: 9.00
  • Construction: 9.00
  • Functionality: 10.00
  • Value: 8.50

Final Score: 9.1 out of 10.

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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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