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Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Rosewill
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)



With the side panels removed, we get our first good look at the interior and the styling surprise therein. I must admit that I was a bit taken aback by the bright red motherboard tray at first, but I found it growing on me very quickly. The contrast between the red and black in the interior is both striking and appealing once one gets used to it. There are also numerous openings in the mobo tray to facilitate cable management as well as a large cutout for CPU cooler swaps. Let's explore what else the Ranger has in store for us in here.




The front of the chassis is dominated by the drive cages. There are basically three sections here with the top devoted to 5.25-inch devices, the middle section for 3.5-inch devices and the lower cage (rotated for side access,) housing the hard disk drives. Rosewill includes tool-free clips for the big bays, an adapter for the external 3.5-inch bay (secured with thumbscrews,) and the drive rails for 3.5-inch hardies, plus a bay adapter for up to two 2.5-inch SSDs, complete with its own drive rails.


 

 

 

 

 

 


The tool-free clips are plastic and of a simple design that should nevertheless provide a secure mounting. If not, they can be removed and the drives secured with screws in the conventional manner. Here also you can see the thumbscrews that secure the adapter to the cage.



Moving to the rear, the top of the case is populated by the two included exhaust fans. The top fan can be replaced with a 120mm unit, moved forward, or augmented with another fan, as cooling demand dictates. As an aside, while Rosewill includes tubing access openings on the rear panel, I seriously doubt that a radiator and fans could be mounted to the top of the chassis without interfering with motherboard components. Rosewill doesn't tout this anywhere in the literature or on their website, and I'm not calling them out here, it just bears mentioning.


Expansion cards are secured with screws, in the conventional manner and, as mentioned earlier, the covers are vented and replaceable, something I really like to see in a case. One of my pet peeves about budget oriented cases is the tendency to employ the stamped, break-out bay covers that aren't replaceable and not including any accessory covers, should the expansion card arrangement change. There is a shade over eleven inches of room between the expansion bays and the rear of the drive cages, which will somewhat limit users in graphics card selection. I would have expected more room here since Rosewill touts the Ranger as a gaming case.

 

 


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