Raidmax Horus Reviewhornybluecow - February 11, 2014
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Raidmax Horus: Conclusion
Let us recap my reasoning and scoring method before diving into my final words. First I look at what the company is saying it offers. For example, say the company states the case supports large / long graphic cards or ten quiet fans. In this example, I examine what is advertised versus what is actually offered. Most of this becomes uncovered as I take pictures to document the product. If the company does not stay true to its word, then it loses points because no one ever wants to be sold on false advertisement. Next I look at what the product is marketed for and put it into perspective. An example of this could be trying to overclock a CPU in a Mini ITX case and expecting a low temperature. This would contradict its target market and something I try to catch so it does not affect the score. The last bit is my own interjection. What could the case offer in its price range, and what do other companies offer. This category may include an extra fan, cable management, different color paint, or support for larger video cards. This list is endless so let's move on to the conclusion.
Raidmax has done a great job at keeping a chassis within a reasonable price range, yet provides something worth a second look. Weighing in at 12 pounds, I had my preconceptions of what affordable, lightweight chassis offer, but I was surprised to find the unexpected. So to end this review let me cover the pros and cons. Starting with the negative and pulling the bandage right off, this chassis has a few flaws, but not many. My two biggest complaints go hand in hand, which is the lack of space behind the motherboard tray and the motherboard blocking the cutout for the EPS 8-pin cable. If you managed to have a power supply with flat cables you will be able to put a few cables in the extruded area of the side panel. Prior to that, you must run the cables before installing the motherboard or you will run into the same issues I had. When the space is limited, airflow becomes essential and having cables blocking the front can cause some problems. Finally, the lack of M3 screws nullify the issues of airflow since the only included fan is in the rear and installation of a front fan requires the customer to buy the screws themselves if they choose to install any front fans.
Alright, on to the good things! I must say once again the price is almost perfect. You are getting something decent enough, even with a few flaws, and the chassis doesn't feel or look that cheap to me. Add the fact that the chassis supports the largest video cards on the market today and CPU coolers up to 160mm, you have a something that can hold its own. Lastly, I was happy to see Raidmax address my issues with the window fan mount and instead of having square fan mounting holes, it chose to make them round.
Ultimately there isn't much more to say about the chassis. I would have liked to see another fan included and a bit of a larger chassis so it can support 240mm radiators on top, along with extra cable space. But when thinking about the price, this chassis is geared towards gamers who are on a budget. They want to spend the extra $50 on a more powerful computer component rather than a fancier chassis. Overall Raidmax did a great job with the chassis, but because of a few issues, you just have to remember it's a budget chassis rather than a gold star.
- Decent window fan mount
- Support for long high-end graphics cards (390mm)
- Support for large aftermarket CPU coolers (~160mm)
- Poor cable management
- Lack of M3 screws included for installation of front fans
- Issues running EPS 8-pin power connector behind tray