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Raidmax Scorpio V: Conclusion

Let us recap my reasoning and scoring method before speaking 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 graphics cards or ten quiet fans. I than 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.

Following suit with my previous reviews, I like to start with the negative things about the chassis and leave on a good note. Raidmax has some major disappointments in the Scorpio V, which makes a dent when it comes to desirability. The temperature charts put the chassis near the worst I've tested and its direct competition only had one fan. Even so it can't change the fact that this chassis has poor airflow, which in turn gives the high temperatures.

Next is the potential cable issue I talked about before. If you missed that part, basically the USB 3.0 cable is bulky, causing it to partly block the top 5.25" bay when installing optical drives. The only solution is to bend the cable lead coming from the top panel. By doing so, it gives just enough clearance to get the drive in with a little bit of stress on the cable. This may damage the port in the long run, but currently the ports work fine. Even so I can't say it was a good design choice as not everyone is willing to fiddle with wires.

Last up in covering the negative observations is another large factor to scoring: the price, of course. Along with the other issues, the price Raidmax is a bit high, considering for $20 more you can get some much better chassis. For the same price as the Scorpio V, all other major brands have a chassis similar in price (+/- $5). There isn't anything to make this one stand out performance wise. The one factor I try to avoid the most is the exterior design as everyone has different tastes, therefore I try not to include it in scoring.

The Scorpio has a few redeemable features that save it from being completely forgettable. The first two are standard for a decent gaming chassis: having support for graphic cards over 280mm (11") gives the ability to provide a future-proof chassis, while many high graphic cards on the market sit just under 11". There isn't a set amount of space companies have to follow, so higher is always welcome. Next is support for large aftermarket CPU coolers. Some of the top performers top out at 165mm, and having that extra space allows for better airflow or even larger coolers.

Finally the extra add-ons this chassis offers are a good selling point. Having a dedicated fan controller makes adding extra fans simple and effective, with the ability to turn it to High, Low, or completely off is very useful. Secondly the hot swap bay is a great addition for someone who has extra drives laying around. Even the cheapest standalone hot swap devices costs $15 or more. If this is something you are looking for, having it built-in can save space and add convenience with no wires to fiddle with.

All in all, the Raidmax Scorpio V's performance definitely hurts its value, but is redeemed by additional features. It's hard to recommend this to everyone as too many gaming chassis are orientated for high airflow and low temperatures. If that isn't a major factor as a buying decision, then the other features like exterior design, lights, decent build quality, and hot swap bay could be worth the asking price.

Pros:

  • Support for long high-end graphics cards (330mm)
  • Support for large aftermarket CPU coolers (175mm)
  • Dedicated fan controller for up to four fans
  • Hot swap bay
  • Quiet fans

 

Cons:

  • Poor stock airflow
  • Price
  • Potential top 5.25" bay cable issue
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  1. Raidmax Scorpio V: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Raidmax Scorpio V: The Case
  3. Raidmax Scorpio V: Working Components
  4. Raidmax Scorpio V: Specifications & Features
  5. Raidmax Scorpio V: Testing: Setup & Results
  6. Raidmax Scorpio V: Conclusion
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