While we were not especially fond of what Rosewill presented with the Meteor chassis which uses a similar interior, that is all behind us now, and we cannot fault this design in any of the same ways. The ventilation at the front of the Cullinan MX is wide open to draw in whatever airflow is needed from the fans behind the glass. Since there is no HDI cable or port for VR, we cannot complain about the way in which it exits the chassis and has to be run, and with all the extra bits that are included in the Cullinan MX, we are looking at a far superior offering now. The Cullinan MX is sleek, attractive, full of life with RGB LED fans and full of reasons to look at this as your next mid-tower solution.
There is a three-stage fan controller, and even set at maximum speed, the chassis is nearly inaudible, and from a foot away the meter was reading only 29 dB. While many may never opt to add 80mm fans, they can provide more airflow under the PSU cover, or be used to inject air into the bottom of horizontally mounted video cards. If extra fans are not on the list of things to do, how about using the five locations for SSDs, 2.5" HDDs, or on top of the PSU cover, option to try to install a pump or reservoir there. We were even able to use a 240mm AIO mounted in the top of the case even without a bunch of room above the motherboard. The chassis is modular in that you can remove the HDD cage or the cover in the PSU shroud which allows for a thin 360mm radiator and fans to go inside of the front. Yes, there is a view of the back of the motherboard through the tempered glass, but with it being as dark in there with black steel and black cables, only bright stickers on drives or the PSU will stand out and be visible. For us, going from what we had last from Rosewill to the Cullinan MX, it is like a complete one-eighty, all build from the same basic components.
We were huge fans of the Anidees Crystal when it came out, and this whole rush of cases with similar interiors began. Along the way, there were some winners, and those that got participation trophies, but now getting our hands-on the Cullinan MX, we may have just seen the best of the bunch. Pricing varies wildly depending on what features and additional bits you want with the chassis, but what we love is that Rosewill is trying to not only deliver the best version of this chassis, they did so saving money as well.
At just $129.99, we have seen the best, well rounded; the most feature-rich version of this chassis to hit the market. We can only imagine we will see similar cases like this again, but to date, our money is on Rosewill and the Cullinan MX, as it is the best bang for the buck option so far.
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)
|Overall TweakTown Rating||98%|
The Bottom Line: The Cullinan MX is the best of its design! It competes well with many other mid-tower case's included features, modularity, compatibility, and doesn't break the bank to give you all you need and some!
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