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Rosewill Orbit-Z1 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 11, 2017 5:11 pm
TweakTown Rating: 81%Manufacturer: Rosewill

Inside the Orbit-Z1

 

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The bezel is easy to remove and allows the addition of fans to the front of the case. However, we noticed odd foam pads at the top of the frame which serves no purpose, and we also found out that the bezel is permanently wired to the chassis, with very little left even to swing the bezel out as we have it here.

 

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The first glance at the interior allows us to cover two things. This is where the manual is located, and we are somewhat excited to see a PSU shroud with five LEDs in it. This could make for a cool lighting effect.

 

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Since this is an older design, the chassis still has break-outs for the 5.25" bays, and we can also see rails in the motherboard tray for them. There is room for up to two 120mm fans to go here, and we can also see the SSD screw holes to the left of that.

 

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The motherboard tray lacks holes across the top of the motherboard tray, but there is the one off to the left of the CPU cooler access. Around the motherboard there are seven holes for wires, none of them have grommets, and there are eight places to tie wires.

 

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The PSU shroud is louvered at the front to help remove heat from the HDDs, while the rest of the top section is made to have fans sitting on it. The left side is not seen through the window, so the five LEDs can only illuminate the window, not the interior of the chassis.

 

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The fan at the back of the chassis is identical to the one found in the top of the case. Both are RGB lit, they have rubber pads on the corners, and are both wired to a control board. While you could hang a radiator in the back, the top of the case will not allow for it.

 

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Behind the motherboard tray, we are first drawn to the mass of wires that this chassis has here. We do find the hardware tied to the motherboard tray, and we get a look at the control board for the LED lighting, the fan lighting, as well as for the fans speed control too.

 

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If hard drives are needed for the build, you slide them into this cage. On the left is a small rail which supports the left side of the drive, as you use thumbscrews to secure the right side of the drives into the cage.

 

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The rest of the floor of the Orbit-Z1 is left for the PSU and wires. The PSU sits on raised steel bumps and is screwed to the back of the case, but be sure to watch the LED power wire, as it does tend to get in the way at times.

 

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We will say that we appreciate the length of all of the cables, except when it comes time to make them look good with wire management. There is a native USB 3.0 cable, the USB 2.0 cable; the HDD LED wire, the Power LED wire and the power switch wire. That leaves the HD Audio lead and the 4-pin Molex connection which powers the controller board.

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