With what we had seen in the past from Raidmax, granted it has been quite some time since, but our expectations were not all that high for the Alpha. However, Raidmax had done their due diligence when it came to designing this chassis, and the Alpha is a chassis ripe for today's market. The RGB LED system is fun to play with for a while, and the options to match a build theme are on point. Making it all happen by remote, may be a bit of fluff, but we liked it all the same. While we tend to prefer cases without ODD bays, the Alpha wins for both camps here, as the one it does offer is removable. In our experience, removing the HDD cage was a must to fit the PSU we use all of the time, and we are glad it is screwed into place. No0thing about this design will shock you, but the layout and features Raidmax builds into the Alpha are all done well and made the build process go by so much easier.
There are a few sticking points we need to address though. Our first is the lighting. We find the white plastic does more harm than good, as it blocks off the intake, and does not spread the LED lighting as Raidmax intends, nor can we have the awesome color pattern shown on the front of the box. We do wish they had sent a few more M3 screws so we could use both SSD trays, but we can get away with only two screws for SSDs, but we don't advise skimping on screws with mechanical drives. We did not like that the chassis comes with only one fan, and that fan is 38 dB. The last thing we did not much care for is a combination of things with the expansion slots. We did not care to have to break out slots, and why in this day and age offer only one replaceable cover; most cards are dual-slot. We had to force the back of the case inward to secure the screws, and the tension does not help the cards to stay aligned properly without sagging.
As a whole, we find the Alpha is sufficient for many and is a good place to start for beginners. There is 175mm of room for air coolers, so you aren't limited in choices, but you can always move to an AIO or custom water cooling later. Features like modular components, very good wire management capability and an RGB LED light show that is hard to beat in a chassis, all controlled via remote.
Typically, if this mid-tower were to hit the market, we would expect the price to be right where it is currently at. Aside for a select few minor inconveniences, we feel that at $74.99 you do get quite a bit for the investment. The Raidmax Alpha may not come in at the top, but Raidmax has come a long way in the last few years, and delivered a chassis fit to be used by just about anybody.
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||81%|
The Bottom Line: Raidmax has made a good showing with the Alpha Mid-Tower Chassis. Fancy RGB LEDs with a remote, modularity, water cooling support, but it could have been done better in our opinion. Still though, there is good value to be had.
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