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Rosewill Rise Glow Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Rosewill may not be a common name in Europe but after great success in the US, the manufacturer is stretching its legs and taking a walk on the other side of the Atlantic. With a great range of products already at their disposal, it’s great to see some new hardware hitting the market and we kick things off today with one of their more popular products, the Rosewill Rise Glow, a new take on their Rise chassis, except this model comes kitted out with three blue LED fans on the front panel for some added flair.

“The Rosewill RISE case is a unique chassis with a spacious interior, capable of accommodating up to E-ATX motherboards, dual power supplies, and up to 13.9-inch (355mm) long graphics cards. The case is designed to house an advanced cooling system with support for up to three radiators and convenient tubing arrangement. The interior of the design allows unobstructed airflow for a superior thermal performance. To show off the system, the RISE Glow comes with a side window panel.”

This is certainly not a chassis to be taken lightly, offering up a huge range of features for those building a high-performance system. You’ll find it comes ready to handle E-ATX motherboards, a good range of cooling fans and there’s even four fans pre-installed, plenty of storage bays and a well equipped front panel, and much more. So enough of charts and tables, let’s get this thing out of the box and see what all of the fuss is about!

The chassis does look quite tall as there are limited horizontal hard drive bays towards the front, allowing it to be a little less deep that most towers, which is a bonus if you need something to fit under a slimmer desk. There’s a huge and tinted side panel window on the left, giving you a great way to show off your build and it giving you a great way to show off those lovely blue LED fans from the front panel.

On the right, a solid black side panel held in place with two thumb screws; nothing too fancy, but it matches up well with the monolithic styling.

The front panel is nicely designed, with two 5.25″ drive bays at the top, one of which comes with a size adaptor built-in. There’s a huge section for ventilation too, behind which you can see the three pre-installed fans.

Around the back, you’ll notice not one, but two PSU mounts, allowing you to mount one in the top or the bottom, or if your system needs some serious juice, you can use both. There’s a pre-installed 140mm fan further down, although the mount does also support 120mm should you need it, and there are 8+1 expansion slots, each with reusable ventilated covers.

The top panel has even more ventilation thanks to a huge filtered panel; perfect for shifting extra heat out of your system.

The front panel is packed with connectivity options, with three USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and HD audio jacks. One extra feature here that I like is a simple fan controller, which is hooked up to an internal fan hub.

On the base of the chassis, four durable feet each with rubber grips on the base, as well as a slide-out dust filter for the bottom PSU mount. If you look closer, you’ll notice four thumbscrews towards the front, these can be used to remove the bottom hard drive mounts, or move them further back to make way for front panel radiators.

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Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's (but not for long), I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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