Jumping out of the saddle with both guns blazing, there are some things we appreciated with the CR480, but there are nearly as many things that we did not find appealing either. On the good side of the fence, the aesthetics are clean and easy on the eyes. The case is structurally solid, even while using a thinner steel to make the components. We like the red accents, and we even dig the glow of LED light under it. What we like is the price in which this CR480 sells for, which in some ways will make many look past some of the foibles in this design, but we wouldn't be doing our job if we ignored them.
The downsides are somewhat personal dislikes and a few things we just cannot figure out why it has to be so. We did not care for the fact that the CR480 does not have removable HDD bays for two reasons. Initially, we would rather have had a fan option in that location, but there is no room. Secondly, following along the same idea is that we could then have 240mm radiator support. This is even because we have no use for 5.25" bays, and if they were not there, 360mm and 280mm cooling options could have been on the table. We feel we could have used more wiring space behind the motherboard tray, we feel the window could have been bigger to show off more of your components, and we feel this design is not unique since it is essentially just a larger CR240.
While most of the complaints are when it comes to comparing this to every other mid-tower chassis on the market, so keep in mind the fact that we are speaking of cases that cost twice as much, if not more. That said, the fact that the CR480 can be had for as little as $45.15, we can see this as a chassis system builders would gravitate to. Included in that cost is also a pair of fans, not the quietest fans out there, but most in this price range do not ship with any. All things considered, we feel that we can overlook some of the things we do not necessarily agree with in this design, as it all works and leaves room for typical components.
It is not a chassis that has room to expand with all of your wants and desires, but at this price, it doesn't have to be. Even though many might pass on this chassis for extravagant builds, we can easily see this all over an office, a local internet café, or stocked at your local PC shops.
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)
|Overall TweakTown Rating||88%|
The Bottom Line: The CR480 is not feature rich, nor is it fancy, but at this price, it does not need to be. Riotoro offers a well built chassis for the beginner, the system builder, or anyone who needs a slick looking case on the cheap.
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