Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
We all know that Rosewill tends to take products already on the market and readdress some of the features to deliver their take on what that product should be. Sometimes they do this very well, and there has been a time or two where their ideas have not panned out so well. On the whole, Rosewill has a fairly decent track record with this type of production, however. There have been many instances in the last few years, where Rosewill has either delivers something better than the original, and if not better, these products tend to be sold at a greater value than others on the market. In the end, most of the time, what Rosewill is doing tends to be a win for the masses of buyers out there, who are either looking for something a bit better or those who do not have pockets deep enough to buy these products from the original maker.
If you remember back to about this time last year, we ran across a chassis called the Anidees Crystal, which we believe to be the first of its kind. Even if they were not the originator of this assembly of parts and components, they were the first to send us one to bring this design to our attention. At that time, we found this chassis to be a top of the line submission and awarded it highly, but since then, we have seen this chassis in some form or another, too many times to count now. Whether it was AeroCool that followed them, or Raidmax, or even other Rosewill cases, one thing is for sure, the basic form of this chassis has become very popular among many manufacturers. What then is left for Rosewill to do after the Rosewill Meteor XR was not such a huge hit with us? Well, you can follow the originator to a further extent as not to cut off the airflow, yet at the same time, deliver a chassis which is more impressive than the original form of the chassis we loved so much.
The latter is exactly what Rosewill is up to with the chassis we are looking at today. We are bringing forth the Rosewill Cullinan MX Mid-Tower Chassis, which follows very closely to the Crystal chassis but has bested that case in a few ways in which we did not see coming. Instead of a set of four LED fans, Rosewill has opted for four RGB fans with a remote control. Beyond that, there are inclusions to the interior which offer more storage options and also more cooling options. Lastly, rather than running head to head with the Crystal, Rosewill has decided to lower the price as well. So not only is it improved well beyond the first of its kind that we saw, but it is also more affordable, which will make anyone's bank account happier too.
The Cullinan MX is a mid-tower chassis which is made of steel and plastic, while also sporting three sides covered in tempered glass. To give this chassis a sleek look, not only is the inside and outside painted black but when it came to choosing the tempered glass, Rosewill went with clear glass to deliver the look of a glass obelisk when the chassis just sits there but also allows for an unimpeded view inside. Also on the exterior of the chassis is the front I/O panel, found at the top of the chassis, which includes all of the bits we are used to in cases, but also adds a three-position fan switch. Also, part of the exterior is the expansion card slots, and what we find there is a departure from many if not most of the mid-tower offerings today. Rosewill not only went with eight slots running horizontally rather than the typical seven, but they also add in two vertical slots so that one may show the bottom of the video card to the tempered glass panel.
Inside of the Cullinan MX, we find not a single optical drive bay. However, when it comes to storage, this chassis has many options. 3.5" drives can be placed in up to four locations, and all of these locations are also removable and is why there is also the notation of zero locations. When it comes to 2.5" drives, there is the pair of HDD cage trays which will house them; there are two trays hidden behind the motherboard tray, there is a pair of locations on top of the PSU cover, and three more options on the side of it as well. As for motherboard compatibility, there is room for Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, or ATX motherboards, but due to the way the motherboard tray is formed, you may not squeeze in anything larger.
Cooling is handled well in the Cullinan MX. Out of the box, the front of the chassis is filled with three 120mm fans, as well as a fourth 120mm fan at the back. All of these fans are RGB LED capable, but the choices of colors are made with a remote control rather than having to cycle a button or flip switches on a fan hub. Beyond what comes in the chassis, there is the ability to use a pair of 140mm fans in the front, and the top of the case will house a pair of either 120mm or 140mm fans. The back of the chassis also has the option to swap to a 140mm fan, but that is not where the options stop. With the layout of the new PSU cover inside of the Cullinan MX, there are five locations to add fans, but any fans added to it must be 80mm in size.
If what we have discussed is not enough to wet your whistle, there is one other factor that may still sway your decision-making process. While the Cullinan MX is very similar to the Crystal, Rosewill has upped the game with many more options to be had. On top of that, Rosewill also thought that the $149.99 price of the Crystal was too much. So, in the Cullinan MX, not only do you get much cooler fans to look at under the tempered glass, you get many more storage locations, a remote control, a fan speed adjustment switch, and all of it comes at just $129.99. That being said, even though many may be tiring of the internal design of all of these similar cases, it appears Rosewill hit the nail on the head and is now offering the best of the bunch.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IX Code Z270 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: NZXT Kraken X62 (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Team T-Force Night Hawk RGB TF1D48G3000HC16CBK
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: Samsung XP941 256GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
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