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Written by Doug Dallam   
Monday, 12 December 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Rosewill Ranger Mid-Tower Computer Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



 

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# RE: Rosewill Ranger Mid-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-12-12 18:39
Subscribing. Simply subscribing.
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# RE; Rosewill Ranger Mid Tower CaseBen 2011-12-20 01:13
Looks pretty plain to me.

I still prefer my old 'Thermaltake Armor+MX" case.

I have same problems with the front filters panel, they should have made them same as the rest of the set up, doors just pop open. I am planning on modifying them to open easier.

Ben.
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# RE: Rosewill Ranger Mid-Tower Computer CaseWhyNotV2 2011-12-20 03:35
I like it, but then again I like "plain" cases as well as can be seen with my Lian Li PC-65B case. Simple, elegant and going strong :) I've been looking for an updated case for a few months now and I see a lot of features that I like...bottom mount PSU, better cable routing/management, upper mounted front ports, etc. that my Lian Li doesn't have. Most cases are too gaudy to me. This is the first case in a while that's not crossed that gaudy line. I'll keep my eye on it to see if the price comes down to that $50-ish range.
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# RE: Rosewill Ranger Mid-Tower Computer CaseCHARLEYAM 2011-12-20 11:38
you guys really put this case tru the ringer measuring the thickness of the case and slots for cabling. well made in the old days we would cut a little for cables if needed this seem fine . price still a tad high 75 would be better. Rosewill good maker of cases 1-10 about an 7+
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# RE: RE: Rosewill Ranger Mid-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-12-20 21:19
It's at 70 right now.
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# RE: Rosewill Ranger Mid-Tower Computer Casedlb 2011-12-20 14:51
I prefer plain looking cases too vs. the garish and gnarly looking "transformer" or "robot/alien" cases, and the overall appearance of this case is OK, but this Rosewill case reminds me too much of a ThermalTake case for me to think it's anything but a ThermalTake w/ a red mobo tray and red accents on the drive clips....
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# I agreeMergatroid 2011-12-20 19:01
Nice review. I agree with all your points. I do like the design of this case regarding the looks, and the front panel bay covers don't bother me at all. However, the front bezel should really be cleanable. This will make it awkward.

However, over all I really do like this case. It has the features I want even if on the lean side. A few grommets would have helped a bit, and painting the interior black would have improved it as well, but for $70 I think it's a great deal. I think for $70 I could dig up a PSU filter too....
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# RE: I agreeDoug Dallam 2011-12-20 21:20
The inside is black, except the MB tray, which is red. You don't like the red?
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# BlueMergatroid 2011-12-21 17:53
I prefer a black one given the choice. Having a colour I wouldn't chose myself would be a deal breaker. For someone who prefers red this wouldn't be an issue. Just saying I would prefer black myself.
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# Mr.James 2012-05-31 15:21
Just saw the end of month Clearence and this case is dropped down to $39.99. Ordering mine as I type this :)
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