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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

Detailed Interior Features

Well, we might as well get the side panels out of the way. They're not as thick as they come, but their folded frame makes them pretty stiff. Here you can see how Rosewill uses a stamped channel folded back and glued to the panel itself in order to stiffen the thinner metal.

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This is thin metal people, make no doubt about it, but it's also standard on many cases. It seems sufficiently sturdy once the panels are on. It's not up to par with higher end cases though, which use a thicker .030” metal. Not only that, but it's not going to stop any IEDs, much less a rifle round. So don't take one off and use it for any improvised bullet-proof applications.

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And here you go. By doubling up the edges in thickness and using a punched channel, the solidity of the panels is much increased. Good work by Rosewill on this choice. This also means that if you fold the entire panel in half, you can use it as a riot shield when you play paintball.

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Cable space on the Ranger is barely what I'd consider adequate. If you keep everything in the channel, you've got just about 5/8” (1.5cm) of cable space.

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If you wander out of the cable routing channel, you get a measly 1/4” (0.6cm) of cable space.

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Lots of space for a video card, especially for a mid tower. You're looking at 11” (27.9cm). However, if you have side fans installed, you lose some video card width space, so beware that. What I mean is that if you need all the space you can get for the width of your card (power cables), kiss one side fan goodbye.

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For your cooling tower needs, you get just under 6 1/2” (16.5cm) from the motherboard stand off. This is what I'm talking about with the video card width too.

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The show's over my people. It's time to get down to the hardest aspect of the review, and that's giving you my opinion on the case (less hard) and then the conclusion and rating (much harder).



 

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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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