There are a few things we liked about this design. The Gram offers a great view through the left side panel, allowing us to see every bit of the motherboard, cooler, video card, and possibly even an SSD. That brings us to the second thing, the 2.5" drive trays. While they come installed behind the tray, they can be moved to the top of the PSU cover if that option strikes you better. That then leads us to the PSU cover, and while a bit too dressed up for the party for us, we do like that it is there at all.
The HDD cage is hidden, which is a plus, and the cage is removable if not needed, making more room for wiring or anything else you deem worthy of hiding there instead. There are many points to tie wiring too, and the routing holes are where they need to be. However, the bent steel cover along the right side of the motherboard tray could use a bit of stretching to function better.
While we do not mind the aesthetics too much, we do find it to be made for the younger crowd. There is a certain feel of old-school throughout this case, even though there are updated parts, you cannot shake that feeling. The steel is thin, and when the case is gutted, it does become more flexible. We do not like to fight door panels, and a warped door is never fun to try to get back onto the chassis. There may come a time you just need quick access, which can turn into a 20-minute battle of fighting the panel, as you cannot lay it down and use your forearms all the time.
We do not like that there is not a large intake dust filter, and while there is one under the PSU, it is a pain to remove and replace under normal conditions. For as much as the Gram had to go for it, we tend to find ourselves with a counterpoint as to why you may want to pass on a case like this.
If you can get this chassis on sale for half off the MSRP, that would change the game altogether. The reality is, though, that we have just liked much of it, but ranted just as long about things we did not like. Considering this chassis ships with a $79.99 MSRP, we cannot keep from comparing it to the NZXT S340 Elite we just saw. Side to side, both mid-tower designs, if you are going to spend $79.99 in the first place, step up and buy the NZXT. The Gram plays itself off as a higher-end gaming chassis, but it is built like a builder's chassis, and even though there were some nice features, we feel Rosewill is asking too much for what this Gram presents.
If these cases were $39.99, even $49.99, it would have fared much better, but being that close to $100, we have to be picky about what is on the market, and where your dollar is best spent. Sadly, we do not feel that the Gram is worth the effort.
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||75%|
|Bundle and Packaging||80%|
|Value for Money||65%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||79%|
The Bottom Line: The Gram from Rosewill is an interesting option in mid-tower cases. However, we do feel the price is set too high, and while the feature set is decent, the build quality is not that great.
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United States: The Rosewill Gram Mid-Tower Chassis retails for $60 at Amazon.
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