First off let me start with what I know. I know that Raidmax is trying to deliver a wallet friendly price with a chassis that is up to today's needs in a case. I also know that not every buyer will have a native USB 3.0 port on their motherboard, rendering the USB connectivity of the front I/O worthless as there is no adapter provided for them.
Since I am on a roll, let me cover what else I think this Viper lacks. It doesn't have any top exhaust options, the option in the floor is oddly missing, but has holes for a fan there and I couldn't mount my SSD without some creativity. I didn't even get into the lack of space behind the motherboard tray, or the fact that the front access door swings the wrong way for easy accessibility. Isn't that what the door is made for, accessing things?
On the positive side, it is pretty simple to work with, the tool-less feature work as advertised and for those well enough equipped, it does offer native USB 3.0. I do like the exterior styling and the 80's bronze window doesn't look so bad once the bright blue LEDs shine through it. The interior may have a slightly dated concept and layout, but it still allowed for me to fit everything I needed into it. On top of that, the three included fans do a really good job of keeping temperatures at average levels with the GPUs running a few degrees cooler thanks to that side fan provided mounted in the window. All in all for the price point that the Viper is selling for, it really offers enough to get by, but do your homework, there may be an adapter purchase for the USB 3.0 connection in your future, too.
Since you can find the Raidmax Viper mid-tower chassis pretty much anywhere, where you get one is really up to you. The best deal I could locate was at Newegg.com for $77.98 shipped to your door. For what I did find missing, the Viper makes up for in wallet friendly savings for those that need it. I just wish I had seen a worse case just before this one than looking at the Xigmatek Midgard II. I mean for $25 more you can really get a lot more case for your money. I know there are plenty of people that need the price friendly solutions so that you can spend more on hardware. If you are looking for a case for a Half Life mod, or you are a Detroit Tigers fan, this case very well may be for you. For the smarter shoppers out there, I think this chassis will be overlooked as it just doesn't seem to that that "it factor" for me personally. This in mind, the scores will reflect the sections and not my personal taste, but I am having a real hard time fitting it into any sort of award category.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:30 pm CDT
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