|Rosewill Blackhawk-Ultra HPTX Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Friday, 09 December 2011|
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Building a System
I build complete systems in most of my case reviews: many cases have design flaws or idiosyncrasies that are only obvious when you actually start installing components. However, the immense interior of the Blackhawk Ultra means that nothing less than an HTPX, or at least an XL-ATX, motherboard would elicit any potential problems! Still, I mounted a few components and took some measurements. Below you can see a standard ATX form factor motherboard (an ASUS P8Z68-V Pro) mounted in the case. You can probably tell that fitting a video card will not be a problem, but just in case you're wondering, I measured 16" of clearance between the card slot covers and the cooling fans on the 3.5" drive cage. There's 8" between the motherboard tray and the left side panel, and a whopping 21" from the bottom of the case to the top fans.
Should you feel the need to fine-tune your system's cooling, the included 230mm fan can be mounted in any of five different positions (the four corners or the center) of the mesh panel. Alternatively you can mount up to nine 120mm fans.
You won't have any problem with the clearance for your SATA power and interface cables, either: there's more than an inch of room behind an installed 3.5" drive.
With no fewer than 13 rubber-grommeted cable routing holes, and plenty of space in the 3.5" drive bay area to stuff extra cables (if you don't use the lower drive bays, anyway), cable management is a snap.
There's just as much space behind the right side panel as there is elsewhere in the system: a full 1" is available for your cabling needs. I wish more cases would provide this kind of clearance.
I find it odd that this very plain, no-nonsense case is nonetheless fitted with five LED fans: both front fans, both top fans, and the side panel fan all light up when powered. The LEDs aren't nearly as bright as those in some other cases, though.
In the next section I'll go into my final thoughts and conclusion about the Rosewill Blackhawk Ultra case.