|Rosewill Ranger Mid-Tower Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Doug Dallam|
|Monday, 12 December 2011|
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Closer Look: Interior
The interior of the Ranger. The Ranger is starting to look a lot like Christmas! Check it: Red interior! This case is not only looking a lot like Christmas, it's internals are looking a lot like the Cooler Master 912 series cases. Check out the cable routing holes of the 912, and then get a look at the Ranger's. Like the THOR v2, which was a knock off, it looks like Rosewill took some liberties with Cooler Master's 912 case and made it their own, but that's not a negative in the least.
It's always a good sign to see side mounted drive cages. Of course we have the "all the rage" plastic 1/4 "tool-less" mounts that are less tools or mounts than desirable, but that's standard fair. You also only get one side of mounts, and for that reason, you're probably going to want to screw your DVD writer down. But, they look nice. Last, the drive cage is not removable, nor the motherboard tray. I think this nonremovable drive and motherboard tray trend is quickly morphing into the standard. I might not even mention it next time, unless Olin threatens me with a tune-up.
Here's a shot looking from the front to the back fans. You can see the top 140mm and the back 120mm fans. These two fans come with the case, and you can add another top 140mm or a 120mm if you desire.
The opposite side. As you can see, the red paint also includes the back side of the motherboard pan. You can also see the side mount drive's cable hole.
This is a shot looking from the back to the front internals. The external 3 1/2” drive carriage is removable and can be remounted elsewhere. I read on Newegg that one person was having trouble mounting a card reader here, stating that it just didn't work because of misaligned holes, so be wary.
In this image we see the cable routing channel. There isn't a lot of cable room in the Ranger, and the design relies on a channel for cable routing. In the next section, we'll see just how much cable routing space you get.
Here's the mounting hardware. The 3 1/2” drive mounts look exactly like those Cooler Master offers. You can see the pins that go into the drive, and then you slide the drive in. But look here! Why do we have a set with only one pin each, and staggered between the two? Does anyone know? Above the drive mounting strips we have the 5 1/4” tool-less mount, and then the 2.5” drive converter.
That's about it for the internal overview. I would like to add that the paint inside and out looks nice and is of the matte type finish. Cable routing holes look sufficient, but I'm wondering about cable space. We'll check that out in the next section.