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Raidmax Scorpio V Computer Chassis

Raidmax Scorpio V Computer Chassis

The Raidmax Scorpio V is a great looking computer chassis at an affordable price with all the features you need including space for water cooling and USB 3.0 connections.

Ease of Use, Performance:  4/5
Look & Feel:  5/5
Features:  4/5
How much I enjoy:  5/5

Recommendation:  5/5 Stars

Scorpio V Computer Chassis
Raidmax Scorpio V Computer Chassis

 

The Raidmax Scorpio V is a great looking case that has a lot of features you could expect in a more expensive case but at an affordable price. The Scorpio V has room for eight hard drives and 3 optical drives while the case can hold an ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX and EATX motherboard.

The top of the computer chassis has a slanted spot and connection for a 2.5” HDD that is hot swappable while the top also holds the power, reset buttons, indicators and USB connections. The top USB connections include two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 connections leaving the front panel for the optical drives and grill.

The top also has the usual front panel audio stereo and microphone connections as well as two fan speed switches for the two internal fan controllers. The front panel has a right hinged door to hide the three 3.5 inch optical drives bays with a black grill with the front fan behind it.

inside the scorpio v Computer Chassis
Inside the Scorpio V

There is also a rear fan but spaces inside for other fans include space on the top panel for fans or water cooling like a 240mm radiator. The top panel does come off easily for installing fans and radiators which is a nice feature for installing a system.

The motherboard area has plenty of room for longer video cards and there is plenty of space for installing your motherboard as well as other components. I put my Asus Sabertooth 990FX with a Noctua NH-D14 cooler that just fits the computer chassis with a little room to spare.

The larger CPU cooler has enough room for you to close the side panel and the interior fans kept the system cool during gaming and testing. There is more room for fans if you need additional cooling and with the top and side spaces there should be enough if you fill the system with more hard drives or video cards.

system installed
System Installed

The bottom mounted PSU space has a bottom filter screen at the power supply space as well as the empty spot between the PSU and the drive cage. There is plenty of space when I have my system installed and even an Arctic Cooling Accelero XTREME Plus would fit with enough room for the extra-long cooler on a video card.

The Scorpio V does have enough room but things would get a bit crowded if you installed three video cards or other cards on an ATX or EATX motherboard. I had no problems fitting the Sabertooth ATX motherboard but a few features make the motherboard installation nice.

motherboard tray
Motherboard Tray

There is a large 6.5 by 5.25 inch hole behind the CPU area so you can access and remove the CPU cooler mounts on an ATX motherboard without removing the motherboard. There are three rubber grommet holes on the motherboard tray so you can get your top panel wires and hard drive cables routed without worry.

There is also a smaller slot without a rubber grommet near the top rear for passing the wires for a water cooling radiator if that is where the wires need to be routed. The Scorpio V Computer Chassis does have a lot of nice features and installing a system is pretty easy as well as good looking.

top panel
Top Panel Controls & Connections

The mid-sized tower has performed well and even at full load using both CPU and video card load programs I did not have any temperatures above normal. The two fans offer enough cooling for a single graphics card system but if you do install more cards you may need more fans.

The two fan controllers each have connections for two fans apiece so you can control four fans using the two controllers with decently long cables. The top panel USB 3.0 cable is the usual newer header cable for connecting directly to a motherboard and easily reaches the motherboard header.

side with system installed
Side Panel w/ System Installed

I had no problems using the Raidmax Scorpio V and the stunning white color inside and out really highlights this enthusiast quality case at the affordable price of $70. I highly recommend the Scorpio V Computer Chassis from Raidmax as a fantastic computer case with plenty of great features.

Scorpio V @ Raidmax

Scorpio V @ Newegg

Pros
Mid-sized tower with room for water cooling
Room for extra-long video cards
Nice cable management
Top panel connections and controls
Top panel 2.5” HDD slot

Cons
Only comes with 2 fans

Raidmax Horus PC Case Review

Raidmax Horus PC Case Review

The Raidmax Horus PC Case is a great affordable case with enough features to warrant a higher price but the Horus has plenty including room for long graphics cards and space for water cooling.

Ease of Use, Performance:  4/5
Look & Feel:  4/5
Features:  5/5
How much I enjoy:  4/5

Recommendation:  4/5

Raidmax Horus

The Raidmax Horus is an affordable computer case that has plenty of features including water cooling space and room for long graphics cards up to 390mm. The Raidmax Horus can hold 3 5.25 inch optical drives and 3 hard drives or solid state drives along with six cooling fans.

The top of the Raidmax Horus has room for two 120mm fans or a 120mm by 240mm water cooling radiator or a single 140mm fan for maximum cooling. The rear of the case can fit a 120mm fan or a radiator for water cooling like those all in one water cooling solutions that are self-contained.

The Raidmax Horus costs about $50 which is the low end of the computer case scale and still be good enough to recommend, anything lower in price is simply a metal and plastic box. The Raidmax Horus has plenty of features to justify a higher price including the water cooling and regular air cooling fan space to customize your cooling.

Whats in the Box

The Raidmax Horus has room for a combination of 3 5.25 inch optical drives under the front cover and behind the grill another 3 hard drives or solid state drives. You can use the blank 5.25 inch spaces to mount more hard drives using an adapter but this case does not come with any.

The Horus PC Case has one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 connections along with the audio stereo and microphone jacks on the front panel. The USB 3.0 has the now common USB 3.0 header to connect directly to your motherboard while the front panel audio and USB 2.0 has the usual motherboard header connections.

The Front Panel connections have a unique feature that doesn’t cost much for the company but is very nice for the user in rubber dust covers. Raidmax may not go for huge features that cost a lot but in a business where a reputation means everything a few features that stand out can make the difference.

Front Panel Open

The case has the usual motherboard standout screw posts inside and an ATX or Micro ATX motherboard will fit easily with room to work. The case is laid out well inside with a bottom mounted PSU with plenty of room from front to back to fit graphics cards up to 390mm.

I installed an Asus Sabertooth 990FX with a Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 graphics card and have had no problems running the gaming rig easily. I did have a bit of an issue with my current choice for CPU cooling in the Noctua NH-D14 which is just a bit too tall for the Raidmax case.

I installed the AMD stock cooler that came with my current processor and it is doing its job well and does give me enough cooling to run my AMD Athlon II X3 440 at a slight overclock. The Asus AI Suite II is overclocking my system a bit and it runs just fine for gaming and has plenty of cooling but I did add a couple of fans.

System Installed Noctua Cooler Doesn't Fit

I am using some extras fans in front and on top along with the included 120mm fan that was in the rear of the Horus computer case. The single fan is just not enough to cool but I think it is nice not to include more so you can choose the fans your system needs.

The smoked side panel has a spot for another fan so you can add plenty of fans for cooling but the case only comes with the one fan. I have had no problems with heat in the Raidmax Horus even with the stock AMD cooler on my CPU but you are probably going to want at least one additional fan with this case.

Temperatures have been just fine and never reaching higher than is comfortable for my system components while noise has also been good enough. The Raidmax 120mm fan that comes with the system is a bit noisy so I did replace it for a quieter one which is nice since the case sits next to my desk.

System Installed

The Raidmax case works just fine and while I did have to use some extra fans the case does come at a cost that allows a bit of leeway for buying additional components. The Raidmax Horus is a great case and well worth the price with plenty of features I have found in more expensive cases.

The Horus does come with some Velcro straps along with a few zip ties which just adds to my assertion that it’s the little things that matter more. I highly recommend the Raidmax Horus for an affordable case that has the features needed for system builders that will work for both gaming and regular computers.

Horus @ Raidmax

Horus @ Newegg

Pros
Affordable gaming computer case
Room for long graphics cards
Space for water coolers

Cons
Included Fan is a bit noisy