|Rosewill Blackhawk-Ultra HPTX Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Friday, 09 December 2011|
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Closer Look: Exterior
The Rosewill Blackhawk Ultra is an immense case. Here I've placed it next to a Cooler Master HAF 932 AMD Edition case, which is a full-tower ATX design, to show its size. Trust me when I say that it looks even larger in person.
The accessories package is minimal: a large bag of screws, two EPS-12V extension cables (many server and some enthusiast motherboards have two EPS-12V sockets), a speaker, four casters, and a folded, single-sheet manual.
If you prefer function over form, you'll love this case. Its plain black exterior eschews the colored plastics and pseudo-military styling that's become so common in the consumer case arena. There isn't even a "Rosewill" badge or any other branding anywhere on the case. The case is comprised of rather thick black-painted steel panels, with plastic and metal mesh forming the structure of the top and front bezel. Weighing in at 36 pounds empty, this case is going to require help moving it once you've stuffed it with components.
The left side panel is where many manufacturers play with embossing or other styling features. Not Rosewill: a very large and functional mesh panel, equipped with a 230MM fan, is all you'll see. If you prefer the panel can be outfitted with up to nine 120mm fans instead.
The right panel is even plainer, its flat black expanse interrupted only by a mounting point for an optional 80MM fan, presumably to blow air on the under-CPU-socket area of the motherboard.
The unadorned front panel has four bays for 5.25" devices. The lowest 5.25" bay has a knockout for a 3.5" device like a card reader. Directly below are two red-LED lit 230MM intake fans. There's a problem with the front bezel design, though: it extends below the steel bottom of the case (as can be seen in the image above this paragraph), which means that if you try to lift the case by placing one hand under the front bezel, you'll be supporting the weight of a very heavy system on a structure of plastic and thin metal mesh. It would be very easy to damage the lower section of the front bezel this way.
Let's take a closer look at the details of the exterior in the next section.