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Raidmax Scorpio V: Inroduction
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 quality. The Raidmax Scorpio V is the fifth revision and just over 10 years since the first one was released. It's priced competitively at $79.99 MSRP. This puts it slightly above the rest of the competition within the mid-tower chassis category.
With last year’s encounter with the Vampire chassis being a disappointment, and the Raidmax Horus passing expectations for a low budget chassis, Raidmax has been all over the place. Plus, CES 2014 was nearly sixth months ago, so companies are revising old series with new ones slowly trickling into the market one by one. So let's jump into this review and see what Raidmax is offering with this mid-tower.
Raidmax Scorpio V: Closer Look
Once the packaging is removed and the chassis is revealed, you can see that the newest Scorpio is a mixture of common design elements. Each design choice is placed together to make the chassis stand out and hold its own in the current market. Before getting further, let me first give you a run-down of the exterior of this chassis. From left to right: the front has a similar three exposed 5.25" bays covered by a hinged door that the Raidmax Horus also uses. On the back of the chassis is supplied what should be standard for a modern tower. These items include a 120mm fan, eight PCIe expansion slots, and spacing for a bottom mounted power supply. Moving on, the left panel includes a small window to allow onlookers to peep into the guts of the computer. Finally, the right panel is solid, but holds a bit of interest with its extruded side to allow a little extra space for cables to be routed.
The top of the Scorpio chassis has a few hidden gems, which become more present after the initial glance. Similar to the Raidmax Vampire, the top not only contains all the I/O buttons, but an assortment of other features like a 2.5" hot swap bay, fan controller, and neatly aligned USB and audio ports. A secret fan dust filter that is separate from the panel itself is also included. Simply press down on the mesh section for it to release its hold. By default no fans are included on the top, but for anyone who wants to light up the chassis and add more airflow, this is the way to do it. The built-in fan controller makes this tedious process easier than ever.
Flipping the chassis over, the underside has a nice amount of space off of the floor courtesy of raised corners. Raidmax has added separate dust filters for the power supply and extra fan mount. My experience with a single, long dust filter is that it can be warped over time, which causes it to lose the filtering effect as dust goes around the outside seal. It's good to see the Scorpio avoid this problem by using two separate filters for both the power supply and the extra fan mount.