Raidmax Horus Review

hornybluecow - 2014-01-21 20:44:47 in Cases
Category: Cases
Reviewed by: hornybluecow   
Reviewed on: February 11, 2014
Price: $49.99

Raidmax Horus Introduction:

Today we are taking a look at one of Raidmax's newest chassis in its ever expanding lineup. Raidmax was founded in 1988 with the mission of providing innovative design, excellent performance, and quality products. Its biggest market is gamers that are on a budget, but will not compromise for quality. The Raidmax Horus is priced at $49.95 MSRP, which puts it under a budget chassis category. Last year’s encounter with the Vampire chassis was a bit of a disappointment, but luckily it is a new year. With CES 2014 recently ending, companies are revising old series and new ones are making their debuts. So let's jump into this review and see what Raidmax is offering in this low budget mid-tower.

Raidmax Horus Closer Look:

Looking at the pictures below, the chassis has a vague resemblance to the Raidmax Agusta, which was inspired by Mechs in anime. With that thought in mind, I can see some of that in this chassis, along with the angled granted front and the extruded side panel. Without spoiling the rest of the review, let me first give you a run-down of the exterior of this chassis. From left to right; the front has three exposed 5.25" bays covered by a hinged door along with the I/O ports down the bottom right side. The back is more or less standard as it comes with a 120mm rear fan, seven expansion slots, and a bottom mount for a power supply. The left side panel includes a medium size window with a single fan mount. Finally, the right panel is solid, but holds a bit of interest with its extruded side. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The top of the chassis has support for either one 140mm or two 120mm fans.  While mounting a 240mm radiator looks possible, it ultimately is not because of the lack of clearance inside the chassis. Flipping the chassis over, the underside has the bare minimum, which includes a vent underneath the power supply for different orientation options. It is worth mentioning that the specifcations list an optional fan for the bottom, but it seems more of a typo on Raidmax’s part. There are four mounting holes in the middle, but no vent. I do not think is this a manufacturing error, but rather a disregarded thought that did not make it into the final version.

 

Raidmax Horus Closer Look:

By keeping the front simple, Raidmax has kept in line with the budget aspect of the chassis. The door opens from the right and is held in place by two plastic clips. Once the front panel is removed, you can see mounts for two optional 120mm fans. Unfortunately, if you happen to have fans to install, Raidmax did not include any long screws. The M3 screws are easy enough to order online or pick up at your local hardware store. In this case, it is acceptable as it is a budget chassis. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next let us take a look at the side, from top down is the power button, reset button, one USB 2.0 port, headphone / mic jacks, and a USB 3.0 port. The power and reset buttons did not cause me any issues and felt well-built. This brings me to talk about the power and hard drive access lights. Unlike other chassis in the past, the lights did not bother me. However, the lights were just bright enough to let me know it was on and the hard drive was being accessed.

 

While taking pictures, I remembered how harsh I was on Raidmax for its poor window fan mount design that used square holes for the screw mounts. I was glad my issues were addressed in this chassis with circular screw mounts presented instead.

 

Inside the chassis was a bag containing all of the screws, along with a few zip ties. The case also includes a paper manual. Due to prior feedback, I have given manuals more of a look over. Last time, my problem with the Vampire case was the lack of information. Once again, not much is different. It only contains six pages of a bare minimum amount of information and nothing really important. In this case, it does not bother me since this chassis does not offer more than the basics of a standard mid-tower.

Raidmax Horus Closer Look:

Removing the side panels took a bit of struggle to come off, even with notches on the back that allow you to grab it firmly. Once off, you can see the resemblance on the inside to the Agusta chassis with the same tool-less bays. The bottom includes a single hard drive cage with three 3.5" bays along with three 5.25" bays on the top. The chassis itself is very compact and just large enough to house the ATX form factor. That being said, Raidmax made sure any video card currently on the market will fit with 390mm (15.3") of space. This was only possible by using the space where a second hard drive cage could have been placed. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tool-less design Raidmax implemented here was very intuitive. While not the best I have used, when put into perspective of this chassis' price, the use of plastic is decent enough. The 5.25" bays have a simple locking system where the notch up is open and the holder can come out and down, allowing it to be locked in place. Once a bay was used, I did not have much of an issue getting it to lock and generally you have to wiggle it a little to get it to fall into place. Next is the hard drive bay, which uses a locking system based on pressure. In its hold state the bays are held by clips and pressure pushing them to the side. To remove a bay, simply grab both squares and push inwards while pulling the bay out. For installing both, simply pushing them into place and holding the clips should work and if you do not hear a clicking sound, then it is not locked into place.

 

 

Behind the motherboard tray Raidmax has left practically no space to run cables behind the tray. In fact the only reason any cables can fit around the back is because of the partly extruded side panel in which a few cables can be stored. Even when using flat power cables, I could barely get the back panel on because the space is meant more for looks rather than practical use.

 

With the back panel removed, you can see when the motherboard is installed the connecter was unable to fit through the designated cutout. Although using both the cutout behind the CPU socket and the designated cutout may work for flat cables, I did not try seeing as you must run the cable before installation of the motherboard as the connecter will not pass through afterwards. This is a large oversight for Raidmax and just wasn't thought out very well.

 

With everything installed, it puts into perspective how compact the tower really is. Installation of the components was not hard, but did require some thinking of what should be installed first. (This is due to the fact of limited hand space as the chassis fills up). My major issue, besides lack of space behind the tray, is the 8-pin cpu power cable, which I had issues getting it to run around the back again. Luckily, this chassis is much smaller and I was able to route it around the motherboard instead of over it.

 

Raidmax Horus: Specifications

 

Case Type
Mid Tower
Dimension
491(L) X 207(W) X 443(H) mm (19.3 x 8.1 x 17.4 inch)
Side Panel
Transparent Window
Color
Exterior & Interior : Black
Cooling System
Front (intake) :
2x 120 mm Fan (optional)
Side (intake / exhaust) :
1x 120 mm Fan (optional)
Back (exhaust) :
1x 120 mm (included)
Top (exhaust) :
2 x 120mm or 1 x 140mm Fan (optional)
Bottom (intake) :
1x 120mm Fan (optional)
Material
Metal / Plastic
Drive Bays
Accessible : 3 x 5.25’’
Hidden : 3 x 3.5’’ / SSD
Expansion Slots
7
Motherboards
10" x 12" MAX SIZE Form Factor (ATX), Micro-ATX,
I/O Ports
1 X USB3.0 / 1 X USB2.0 / 2 x HD AUDIO
PSU
Standard ATX PSU (optional)
LCS Compatibly
Limited; 120mm Rear Radiator
Other
CPU cooler height limitation: 158mm
VGA length limitation: 390mm

 

Raidmax Horus: Features

 

 

All information courtesy of Raidmax @ http://raidmax.com/chassis/horus.html

Raidmax Horus Testing:

Testing a chassis requires the computer to stay at idle and load for one hour. Doing so will give you an idea of what your computer may be like under stress. Normally your computer will not be running this hot, but we do not all live in cold weather or do similar things. Therefore, a full stress test can give people the idea of what it can handle and whether or not heat gets trapped over time. The case is left with stock features to give you an idea of the temperatures without the need for extra fans. It's almost guaranteed to have a slight drop in temperature when more fans are added, but that will not be covered unless noted. I will be using Prime95 "small FFTs" for the CPU load and 3DMark Vantage "Extreme preset" for GPU for one hour. After an hour the temperatures are recorded using HWMonitor in Celsius (°C).

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Compared Cases:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The chassis overall held up well with an overclocked CPU and only one rear fan. I believe this is due to the fact that the fan is very close to the CPU fan and an opening above it for heat to escape without fans. For the video card, having a vent on the window helped to give it some fresh air. Lastly, because of the compact size, the chipset didn't receive much airflow due to a lack of a front fan and sitting underneath the video card.

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.

 

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