Case Build & Finished Product
The front of the RL08, like many cases, does not change much when everything is built. The front fans are still visible, but due to its overall opaque nature, it's hard to discern what or if anything is inside.
We attempted to place our H100i up top here, and it would not fit with the GPU comfortably, so we opted to install the H60 to cool the CPU. We could have mounted the AIO in the front, but then we would have omitted the RGB fans, which is one of the chassis features, so we would prefer to keep that active. The placement of the primary x16 slot on the Maximus XI Gene does mean that the GPU is one slot closer to the top and accounts for some of the blame of the AIO not fitting up top.
The rear of the RL08 fills in as you would expect except for expansion slot usage. As you can see, there's one slot that is unused as the Gene's x16 placement is moved up by one.
Cable management with the Velcro straps is quite easy, and depending on your needs; you can almost get everything in that main channel at the leading edge. Our GPU cable was slightly short for this run as we did not like the look of it coming through the PSU shroud in this build. Overall the cable management was quick, and the number of zip ties was minimal, which means things can be adjusted later with less chance of having to cut and replace a zip tie.
The RL08 does have the distinct advantage of a darkly tinted window panel. The reason I say the advantage is that the opaque nature of the glass allows your internals to be hidden mostly until you have internal lighting in the chassis via LED strips or RGB lighting of components. In theory, if you like the sleek aesthetic but prefer your system not to be visible, you can select components properly and run a stealth rig looking like what you see here.
Once powered on, however, if you have LEDs in place and you hookup the RGB fans, things start to become visible. If you wanted your rig to pop through the glass, then a white or colored LED strip may be in your future, but otherwise, you can make out some of the components without the chassis turning into a fishbowl. The front RGB fans are not addressable and, therefore, will show a single color according to what the RGB controller on your motherboard or other RGB feed tells it to be.
Last updated: Jan 30, 2020 at 06:11 am CST