It is not hard at all to tell that this is the Anidees AI Crystal chassis, and we thought highly of it when we saw it. Build quality and all other aspects of chassis design match exactly, so that there are no apparent discrepancies between the two as far as that goes either. The Cullinan is sleek, mysterious, and elegant too. If they are set side by side, only informed individuals will be able to tell them apart, and with the fact that both company names are nearly hidden from view except to the most eagle-eyed individuals, it makes this even harder. However, we do prefer the aesthetics of the Rosewill Cullinan over the AI Crystal, due to fan choice. The bright blue LEDs and pattern presented from the 120mm fans is top notch and shows through the glass much better than we saw in the original design.
Using 120mm fans has its downsides too, however. First off there is slightly less airflow in this design. This means slightly higher temperatures were found inside of the Cullinan, and at the same time while trying to compete thermally, these 120mm fans are slightly louder at 39dB when in H mode. Something we did not care for about this setup has to do with the fans too, but it is something minor. Of course, we knew the fans would turn off is S mode, but unlike the AI Crystal delivering LED lighting in L mode, the Cullinan leaves the LEDs off while the fans spin from the supplied five Volts. We would have much rather had LEDs in both modes.
Other changes that we found include a different fan hub, and an actual power rating being given for this design. We like this very much. We also noticed the HDD trays. This time, they are plastic, do not need hardware, and the tray expands to accept the drive, then squeeze closed around them, simplifying their installation versus the flat steel plates found in the Anidees chassis.
With an MSRP of $179.99, we have no idea what Rosewill is thinking. There is no way a different PCB, smaller fans, and some plastic trays cost them $30 a case to source. Of course, this does allow them to put some marketing spin on things, releasing the chassis at $149.99 upon release, so customers feel they are getting a great deal. However, considering the pricing of the AI Crystal being identical to the release day pricing, Rosewill has their work cut out for them. While we do like the aesthetics more, when powered, in the Cullinan, there will be those that will not support this as it is a copy of the Anidees original.
However, this is nothing new to the market, and upon inception of Rosewill, this is what they do. While we would have expected a lower price to fit whit the company mission statement, you can't always have things your way. In the end, we feel that Rosewill and their Cullinan is the better candidate for our money, as it is slightly more refined and more attractive. If the Anidees AI Crystal tops your list, you do need to consider this chassis as an alternative to a steel mid-tower with a trio of tempered glass panels.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH
- Video Card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB SSD
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||99%|
|Bundle and Packaging||99%|
|Value for Money||92%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||97%|
The Bottom Line: Rosewill's Cullinan may be a cloned chassis, but it delivers a sexier aesthetic appeal than the original, and is also more refined in its feature set. All you need to decide is which size fans and which color LEDs suit you more.
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