Raidmax Raptor Case Review

Raidmax Raptor poster


Like many good cases these days, the PSU goes on the bottom.  It’s the way it should have been since the day that home PCs came of age, but lucky for us the time is here now.  The PSU mounts easily, using for included screws, and below it in the bottom of the case is a removable dust and lint filter.  This is also another favorite design for me.  Many PSUs have large fans on the bottom that pull air from under the case, rather than from inside the case like older power supplies.  The dust filter prolongs the life of these PSUs.

The Raptor comes with no shortage of fans, and all of them are very quiet even at their highest speeds.  I’m sitting two feet from them right now, and can barely hear them.  The airflow on the inside is very solid, even with the side of the case off.  I put my hand near the CPU heatsink fan and can feel cold air coming from the front.  With a side of the case on, the force of the air exiting the top and back is fairly impressive.  I would say that with a fan installed on the side, it would be a cooling Utopia for any air-cooling enthusiast.

The rear contains a plethora of expansion slots.  Seven, to be exact.  This is pretty average for most full-sized ATX case users, but for those use micro-ATX boards, this is a lot of slots.  And many Average Joes are trying to get small quiet cases these days.  For those of us who like having lots of space for dual video cards and extra USB cards, having plenty of expansion slots for a full ATX board is great.  However, this case does make things a little harder on you than many I’ve seen.  Having a tool-less design is great, but the Raptor’s expansion slot blanks don’t readily come out.  They have thick chunks of retaining metal, and when you get ready to use a slot, you have to break them free and work them out.  I bent the frame of the case trying to get one out for a video card.


The Raptor, like many gaming cases, is set up for water cooling.  It has three holes for tubing beside the expansion bay.  I would have preferred that they be above the bay to avoid the tubes resting on any expansion cards, but I’m sure with sufficient tubing and a few zip ties this can be remedied.