Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Only seeing one product from a company does not set our opinion in stone, but with what we saw from the Riotoro CR240, we can at this point say, that we are impressed so far. With a total of four cases to offer, we are moving one step up in size this time, venturing into the mid-tower chassis segment. If what we saw in the Mini-ITX chassis is any indication of what we should expect to see in this mid-tower case, simply put, we are eager to get started.
If you missed our CR240 review, we will again, address what it is that Riotoro stands for. They have a "No Bull" way of existing, where they choose not to tell tall tales about their products, rather Riotoro let what they make speak for themselves. Riotoro is also a company that prides themselves on making sure to take in all of the chatter and ideas of what makes a great chassis, and does their best to incorporate these types of things into their designs, rather than delivering a generic product for the masses to just have to accept. The other thing that many of their potential customers will appreciate is that with all of their designs, pricing is a major key in the attempt to make Riotoro a household name, and they are not attacking your wallet for vast amounts of money.
What we have for you today is the Riotoro CR480 mid-tower chassis. In many ways, it looks much like the CR240 we just had a look at recently, but it is all grown up and accepting of a few things which its smaller compatriot is not able to address. That being said, aesthetically the CR480 is just as appealing with all of the trademark properties we found present in the other chassis. If the CR240 piqued your interest but may have been a bit smaller than you are willing to use, then it is possible that this CR480 is right up your alley.
The specifications we found for the CR480 are more in-depth this time around, showing us nearly everything there is to know about this mid-tower design. First of all, the CR480 ships with a two-year warranty, and empty, it weighs in at just 12.1 pounds. The case is built to the ATX form factor and is 464.82mm deep; it is 209.80mm wide, stands 447.04mm tall, and will house either an ATX, Micro-ATX, or Mini-ITX motherboard. The maximum length for GPUs is 320mm; there is 164.8mm of room for tower CPU coolers and over 220mm of room for the PSU. The last thing we see in the top section of this chart is that the rear of the case has seven expansion slots which you can fill.
Where cooling is concerned, there is room for a pair of 120mm fans in the top of the case. The front of the CR480 can only hold a single fan, and one is shipped in that location. The bottom of the chassis can house a 120mm fan, as can the back of the chassis, and the back is where the second included fan is located. Water cooling options in the chassis are very limited, however. The front can house a single radiator, the top cannot house any, the floor can have a single 120mm radiator used, and so can the back. There is nowhere where a 240mm radiator can be supported.
The remainder of the chart shows us that there are two 5.25" bays at the front of the chassis, and there is also room for three 3.5" drives, and also a pair of 2.5" drives in another location. The front I/O panel contains two USB 3.0 ports, 3.5mm HD Audio jacks, a power button, and a reset button. What is not discussed is that the chassis is made of steel, it is painted black and highly textured. The CR480 comes with red trim and pressed in T logos on the sides. We also know that there are two dust filters in this chassis, one at the front of the case, and one under the PSU. Unlike the CR240, the CR480 does not have a third filter clipped in at the top.
Pricing for this mid-tower is one thing that will certainly attract many potential customers. If you look at the store on the Riotoro site, it shows the CR480 priced at $54.99, which is not all that bad. Sadly, though, while we champion Amazon quite a bit for having good prices, acquiring the CR480 from them will set you back $69.99. If you are looking to get the best deal possible, then you want to look to Newegg for this chassis. There, we find that Newegg beats even the MSRP, asking just $45.15 for this mid-tower chassis. One thing is for sure, if you do not mind looking around for the best deal, the CR480, if nothing else, is affordable.
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)
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
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