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RIOTORO CR280 Compact Mini-ITX Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Small Form Factor Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 9, 2017 1:14 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: RIOTORO

Inside the CR280

 

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Removing the front bezel is complicated. There are tightly bent metal tabs which hold the panel onto the frame, and there is a lot of wiggling and jiggling to get it removed. Once out of the way, we find that the wiring is attached to the frame, and we also find a pair of dust filters, one for each fan location.

 

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The first look into the depths of this design shows that the CR280 is quite opened up. The wires are laying in there behind the motherboard tray, and to keep the hardware in place, it is shipped inside of the HDD cage.

 

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Hanging from the front of the chassis, all the way at the top is this FBK120 120mm fan which is powered with a 3-pin connection. There are no LEDs in these fans, but it does push quite a bit of air.

 

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On the floor of the CR280, still at the front of the case, we find the swivel rack for HDD mounting. The swivel aspect addresses the fact that the frame blocks installation at this time, and as mentioned, it is removable to allow for additional cooling in the front such as a 240mm radiator.

 

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The motherboard tray offers four holes to pass wires through, six if you count the ones where the 2.5" drives can mount near the front, five tie points, and a good-sized opening for CPU cooler backplate access. The offset to the motherboard is just over an inch, which will allow for fans to go in at the top, but water cooling may cause conflicts.

 

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We have removed the HDD bay to show how much room is available on the floor of the chassis, but with it still installed, the amount of room for the PSU is quite short. To support the PSU there are four small rubber pads in place, and large holes in it for the fan to breathe easily.

 

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The back of the chassis is where the second FBK120 fan is found, and it is an identical match to that found in the front. We can also see the thumbscrews which are used to mount expansion cards, but this is done on the outside, leaving the back panel flat from top to bottom.

 

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Behind the motherboard tray, there is more than enough space to get things handled. Wiring to the HDD cages is wide open for access, wiring to the optional 2.5" drives is all ready to go, but we have no idea what the little bracket near the bottom is for. While it appears to be for an additional HDD location, the spacing in the brackets pins is off.

 

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The black wires which blend into the build are of enough length to easily reach any motherboard orientation and includes everything you need. There are leads for the reset and power button, and another set for the power LED found under the chassis. There are also thicker cables for the HD Audio and USB 3.0 connections, but there is plenty of room to hide them away in this design.

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