Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
For those who are not aware of how Rosewill came to be, let us lay down the ground work for you to wrap your head around. Newegg has seen many products on their shelves, and any smart company can see what products make money, and why not try for a piece of that pie, rather than getting a small percentage of each product sold. That led to the development of their in-house company Rosewill. Over the years, we have seen a pattern of taking some of the better products on the market and making them their own. Some of these products are direct copies without any changes other than names, while others do offer some minor changes in features, but at the heart of it all, these are cloned products. The primary goal with Rosewill, at least from what we were told long ago, is that while these may be copies of someone else's ideas, the previous trend is to try to offer said products with less cost involved as well.
This brings us to the steel and glass chassis we got our grubby little mitts on now. While there is no doubt in our minds that this is a clone of the AI Crystal from Anidees, which we just reviewed previously to this chassis. Having the original so fresh in our mind, we will have no issues pointing out what is the same in this design, and what features have been changed along the way, to give this mid-tower chassis from Rosewill an identity all of its own. The AI Crystal comes highly recommended from us, so as long as Rosewill didn't throw a wrench into the works, it is hard for us to see where they could go wrong in this deal.
Today we bring you the Rosewill Cullinan, a mid-tower chassis which sports tempered glass not only on the sides but the entire front panel as well. There are indeed some minor changes in what we will soon see, and as we had hoped, Rosewill did not mess with anything major. This means that you are essentially getting the Anidees chassis, but we do have to say that Rosewill may have one-upped them with their version. While the changes are subtle in the Cullinan, we feel what Rosewill has done to elevate the design are all things worthy of attending to in the first place, and somehow, they even made the Cullinan more aesthetically appealing too.
The Rosewill Cullinan is a mid-tower chassis, made mostly of steel, has bits made of plastic here and there, but most notably, it has three tempered glass panels which are tinted to obstruct the view slightly. If you are looking for something other than a black chassis, keep looking, as that is the only color choice for this case. It does not ship with a power supply but can house either a Micro-ATX, ATX, XL-ATX, or E-ATX motherboard. We find not one optical bay in this design, but there is room for three 2.5" drives and two 3.5" drives, which use a different tray in the HDD rack. The last of the chassis expansion can be found in the back with the seven expansion slots it offers. At the top of the chassis there is the I/O panel, and in it are a pair of USB 3.0 ports, the same in USB 2.0 ports, HD Audio jacks, and sports the same fan controls as the AI Crystal too.
Cooling is handled by three 120mm blue LED fans which run down the front of the chassis working as the intake to the chassis. There is another matching fan pre-installed in the back of the case as well. The top of the chassis can also house a trio of 120mm fans, or two 140mm fans, but no fans are installed there out of the box. Additionally, both the front and the rear of the chassis can have the fans swapped out for 140mm fans as well. There is sufficient water cooling support as well. 360mm radiators can go in the front or at the top of this case, you can have a single radiator in the back, and you also have the option for 280mm radiators as well.
Nearing the bottom of the list, we see the 8.54-inch width, the 19.57-inch height, and the 18.78-inch depth. This is also where we find the 23.59-pound empty weight of this chassis. The lowest section makes mention that the motherboard used inside should be USB 3.0 ready, or you will lose the use of the ports in the front I/O panel. It also mentions the tempered nature of the glass panels, says the front I/O contents again, and mentions the fan speed control and its advanced cooling system.
The Cullinan will be ready to be sold at the end of September, but we have had the pricing mentioned in our emails back and forth to Rosewill. The MSRP has been set at $179.99 for this chassis, some $30 more than what we saw with the AI Crystal. However, it was also told in the emails that the Cullinan will have a day one release price of $149.99, in direct competition with the Anidees version. While we do not see the changes made to the design in the Cullinan worth the MSRP, we do feel that the changes Rosewill achieved in the release of the Cullinan mid-tower chassis, raises the bar to what we saw from Anidees. If we thought that chassis was well worth the price, you should be getting the hint that the Rosewill Cullinan is worthy too, as it delivers more within the same price as the AI Crystal.
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)
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