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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 Cobra Power 500 Watt PSU Review

Raidmax Cobra Power 500 Watt PSU Review

The Raidmax Cobra RX-500AF-B 500 Watt power supply is a decent enough power supply for computer builders and does have a bronze 80 plus certification.

Ease of Use, Performance:  4/5
Look & Feel:  3/5
Features:  3/5
How much I enjoy:  3/5

Recommendation:  3/5

Raidmax Cobra PSU

Raidmax has been known for years as an affordable computer case company but has not garnered a great reputation for their power supplies. While the power supply industry has its share of good, bad and average they fall somewhere toward the bottom end according to some reviews.

I have also seen reviews that are more positive and if not outright glowing of the affordable power supplies from Raidmax that are manufactured by the Taiwan based Andyson International. Andyson has been known for subpar power supplies but things have been looking up for the past few years with better reviews both professional and by customers.

I received the 500 watt Raidmax Cobra RX-500AF-B power supply which I feel is a good choice as a basic power supply for a medium gaming system or a home computer. The Raidmax Cobra 500 watt PSU has enough wattage to run a good medium gaming computer or a home computer for entertainment and general computing.

whats in the box

After a few snapshots and peaking inside the Raidmax Cobra 500 PSU I installed it in my gaming system to check out the power supply in a decent rig. My gaming system has an Asus Sabertooth 990fx motherboard, an AMD Athlon II X3 440 processor that is overclocked to 3.25 GHz.

I am also running a Sapphire HD 7950 graphics card and a couple of optical drives along with a hard drive and the systems solid state drive. This system requires about 400 watts of power according to a power supply calculator and I have had no problems running this system.

I have been doing some regular computing and web surfing using this system as well as my gaming which does tax my system a bit because it is both overclocked a little and has a decent graphics card. When calculating power supplies I like to keep a little overhead and only use a power supply that has at least 50 watts extra.

Cobra PSU Power Cables

The Raidmax Cobra PSU has a typical frame with a green colored fan and green logos for an stylish looking power supply when installing. The connectors have heat shrink for protection but the Molex connectors do not have those squeeze tabs to aid in removing them.

There is the 24 pin power cable and CPU power cable as well as two PCI-E power cables and three combined Molex/SATA cables with on having a floppy connector. One of the cables has two Molex connectors, a floppy drive connector and a single SATA connector while the other two have one Molex and two SATA connectors.

There are enough connectors to make a decent system and the two PCIe connectors allow you to install two graphics cards as long as they are not top of the line ones. The 500 watt power supply can run two graphics cards in SLI or Crossfire but this depends on your system.

Inside the Cobra PSU

Looking inside the Raidmax PSU there is a decent sized capacitor for input filter and protection circuits including Over Voltage, Under Voltage, Over Power and short circuit protection. The PSU has decent enough heat sinks but larger ones would be better and the solder on all of the board both back and front looks well done.

Overall the build quality looks to be good but not great as you would expect for a power supply that costs $60 which is an affordable price. I really would not consider buying any power supply at any lower price as a lower price would mean skimping on something in quality or protection.

The Raidmax Cobra 500 watt power supply may not be a top of the line power supply but would be fine for a general home computer or for a mid-range gaming system. While Raidmax power supplies may not be highly recommended for high end systems they are affordable.

Raidmax PSU Installed

If you’re looking for an affordable power supply the Raidmax Cobra Power line works well and I highly recommend the RX-500AF-B for mid-range computers.

Cobra RX-500AF-B @ Raidmax

Cobra RX-500AF-B @ Newegg

Pros
Affordable Power Supply
Quiet Fan

Cons
Standard Quality
Lacks higher end protection

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

Raidmax Vampire Black PC Case Review

Raidmax Vampire Black PC Case Review

The Raidmax Vampire PC case is a top of the line PC case with plenty of high end features at a great price for computer enthusiasts who need a case with all the extras including room for server motherboards.

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

Recommendation:  4/5 Stars

Raidmax Vampire PC Case

The Raidmax Vampire is a top of the line PC case with plenty of features for gamers and computer enthusiasts who need the most from their PC case. The Raidmax Vampire has five front 3.5 inch drive bays, 7 internal 3.5 or 2.5 inch hard drive slots and a hotswap 2.5 inch drive bay for starters.

The Vampire can fit Micro-ATX, ATX, SSI CEB, SSI EEB, Mini ATX and Flex ATX motherboards with up to ten slots in the rear for expansion cards. The case has 2 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0 connections on the front panel along with the stereo audio and microphone connections.

Front and side panel controls include fan speed and the usual power and reset buttons but the power and reset are a bit close to the other front panel connections. The entire PC case is covered with Black rubberized paint for the Vampire Black covering a solid plastic and metal case.

Whats in the Box

The build is a quality design from quality materials and looking at the basic design and assembly you can see the quality both inside and out. The PC case has a roomy interior for a wide variety of motherboards with plenty of room for both the assembly and working on the interior from time to time.

The bottom mounted power supply space has four rubber feet that the power supply rests on while being screwed to the body of the PC case. Below the power supply is a removable fan filter for easy cleaning while the rubber feet prevent vibrations from the power supply being transferred to the case.

The large knurled screws for side and top panels means no tools to open up the PC case and to get at important components while the main area has plenty of room to work in. The large area of the main section allows a nice neat system after installation and enough room to work comfortably when installing your motherboard and components.

Front Panel Controls & Connections

The Raidmax Vampire can also fit server based motherboards like SSI CEB and EEB or Server System Infrastructure Compact Electronics Bay and Enterprise Electronics Bay motherboards. These motherboards have single or dual processors for servers and business computers and need extra cooling from either more fans or liquid cooling.

These types of computers need better cooling and the Vampire delivers easily with a standard front fan pulling cool air into the case with the 200 mm front fan. The rear fan removes the hot air but the fan speed control can work with any three fans in the PC case from the three fan connections.

The top of the case can fit a 240/280 mm radiator for liquid cooling, two 120/140 mm fans or one 200 mm fan for added cooling of your system. You can add plenty of fans to keep a gaming, enthusiast or even server system cool and looking good with the LED fan lighting.

Side HDD Dock

The controls are easy to understand and use with push button on off and a slide low to high control to start and stop or increase air flow. Being able to stop fans may not be a needed feature and one that I just cannot see why is included but another puzzler is the noisy rear fan.

When you turn the fan up to max speed it is than any other fan in the case and noticeable over sound from a movie or TV show playing in the same room. You could replace the fan with a quieter one but for the $130 price tag you would expect a little of that cost to be a good fan system.

A simple swap out with a fan made a world of difference in noise but for the price I should get decent quiet fans in the case when I buy it. Other features in the Raidmax Vampire are not a problem for me but I do not have a larger motherboard or a server motherboard.

Rear of Vampire PC Case

I did not have a problem with room or with routing of cables and found the rubber covered grommet holes really helpful to both route cables and hide unused ones. The power cable leading to the top edge of the motherboard for the auxiliary power was not a problem for my setup but I could see having a rear hole leading to this area helpful for some systems.

Cooling is not an issue and after testing both idle and high usage for CPU and GPU I found more than acceptable temperatures for system components. The temperatures never got above 34 degrees Celsius for my CPU and above 35 degrees Celsius for my GPU during full load testing.

The fans offer enough airflow for cooling at a customizable rate but the Vampire does allow for even more cooling by adding fans on the top, side or even a liquid cooling system. The side panel does have a spot for two fans but the square holes would make for a potential crack situation which I am surprised to see on a plastic panel.

System Installed

Plastic should always have round holes as anything else with angles would have more of a potential to crack when you have holes with sharp angles like a square hole does. The square holes in the case side panel window for a fan mount would tend to crack at this point and is a surprise to see on any case side panel.

I had no problems with the Raidmax Vampire other than the noisy fan and simply replaced that with a quieter one that works just fine. The Raidmax does have the size to fit a wide variety of motherboards and is a great PC case with only a few minor problems and is a high recommendation for a great computer case.

I highly recommend the Raidmax Vampire and really like the size and roomy interior while the variety of motherboard that can fit make it a unique case.

Behind Motherboard

Raidmax Vampire Website

Raidmax Vampire White @ Newegg Business

Pros
Full tower case can hold gaming and server motherboards
Hotswap 2.5 inch hard drive bay
Grommet protected access for cables

Cons
Noisy rear fan
Access for motherboard auxiliary power cable would be nice