Raidmax Raptor Case Review

Raidmax Raptor poster

A Closer Look

The first thing I noticed about the chassis was the airfoil design on top.  Three overlapping plastic fins, much like dragon scales, that allow warm air to be pushed up and back when exiting the case.  There’s no real reason for this design, other than aesthetics, but the result looks pretty damned cool.  My only issue is that the “fins” are made of some pretty flimsy plastic.  A little pressure, and I foresee them snapping off with a quickness.

Just in front of this is a recess with a built-in carrying handle.  The top is made of some pretty thick and sturdy plastic.  I don’t see any issues when it comes to its ability to bear weight.  Forward yet again, is the multimedia panel.  Pretty basic stuff here.  There are ports for audio (mic and headphones), two USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 port, power button, reset button, LEDs, and controls for the internal fans.  The case comes with three red LED fans, and you can use these controls to change their speed and brightness.

Now on to the front of the case.  Embossed with the Raidmax logo, the fan features three 3.5″ bays for optical drives.  Below these are another series of fins and protect the mesh covering the fans that provide intake for the case as well as cooling for the hard drives just behind them.  It only comes with on fan in the front, however.  The second fan is up to the customer to provide.  The fins are made of thick plastic, but knocking them into a hard surface while carrying the chassis will probably result in broken fins.  The parts that will most certainly break are the dual plastic “shields” that cover both sides of the front.  These are made from the same stuff as the airfoil on top, and the slightest touch bends them.  Be cautious when moving this case.


The right side of the case comes off to allow access to the back of the motherboard for replacing heatsinks without the need to remove the mobo from the chassis.  All the wires for the fans were also pre-wired through here, allowing for a mess-free installation.  There’s sufficient space back there to allow for heat dissipation as well.  But the best part is easily the access to the mobo’s heatsink from the back.  I hate taking motherboards out just to replace a heatsink for review.

Going around to the other side we see the inside of the chassis.  Using tool-free design, all of the 3 optical drives, the 5 HDDs, the single SSD, and the 7 rear expansion cards can be removed and replaced without the use of tools.  The HDD cages are very nice, thought the design is far from new.  The hard drives slide in so that the connectors are at the back, reducing the inevitable mess of wires that blocks airflow and looks unsightly.  The only issue here is the lack of space in the back.  If you use a regular SATA data cable you’re going to have to deal with pressure on the connector.  Raidmax includes two low-profile data cables, but most enthusiasts are going to need more.  I would suggest using these two for HDDs and using a regular cable for the optical drives.