RIOTORO Prism CR1280 Reviewred454 -
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RIOTORO Prism CR1280 Introduction:
Ever heard of RIOTORO? No? Well, me neither - not until recently. You could call RIOTORO the new kid on the block. RIOTORO jumps into the highly competitive computer component ring and starts swinging. The list of items offered by RIOTORO appears to be focused on the gaming / PC enthusiast community and includes cases, a liquid CPU cooler, gaming mice, RGB fans, LED fans, and a mechanical keyboard. A few of the items, like the CPU cooler, the mechanical keyboard, and the RGB fans, show "Coming Soon" on the RIOTORO website at the time of this review. It is always interesting to see a new product from a new company. You get to see how well the company can execute a product launch. Will the company find a loyal following or faceplant into a disinterested customer base? Time will tell, but from a visit to the website, I would expect that as RIOTORO becomes established, we will see more products.
Today, we have the Prism CR1280, which is the largest case currently offered by RIOTORO. It is a full tower case and RIOTORO claims it to be the "World's 1st Fully RGB CASE with unparalleled personalization options." The Prism CR1280 offers DAT (direct airflow technology) to help keep the hardware in the case cool. I have seen cases with LED fans, but they are typically a single color. If you don't like the LED color, you have to change the fans. But the Prism CR1280 is different and we will see just how different later in the review. There are three progressively smaller RIOTORO cases that each cover the needs of different sized builds and styles.
RIOTORO Prism CR1280 Closer Look:
Out of the box, the case looks to be fairly standard, although I immediately noticed the large full side window. This is a design that I am seeing more of lately on cases and I do like it. If you are like me and you spend a nice chunk of money on your hardware, you like to show it off, and the full side window lets you do just that. The case stands right at 23 inches tall and sits on what appears to be extruded aluminum feet. The other side panel is solid (no window) and is made from steel. It has a nice black painted finish and both side panels are retained by two thumb screws apiece.
Absent are any optical drive bays, which is the trend now as optical drives are going the way of the once standard floppy drive. And I don't really miss either of them. If you are old enough, you probably had a drawer of old 3.5 inch floppy disks that you didn't know what to do with when the drives were replaced by USB and CD storage. Then DVDs were the standard - well, sort of. Now we are seeing those old drives going away. This gives case manufacturers more flexibility and space. The vented front of the CR1280 has a perforated black metal front with the RIOTORO logo at the bottom. The front fascia trim is a glossy plastic with all sides beveled toward the front of the case. The rear of the case has eight expansion slots with a rectangular vent panel below and to the side of the PCIe slots. the exhaust fan that comes with the case is a 120mm fan, but there are also slots that will allow the use of a 140mm fan. At the bottom is the opening for the power supply.
Here is that huge side window - top to bottom and side to side, you can't hide anything in here. And who would want to? This is the perfect place to show off most of your hardware; your hard drives and the power supply are out of view, tucked away in the lower section of the case. But that is okay since the motherboard, CPU cooler, and graphics cards get all the attention anyway. The side window is one piece of clear plastic with a metal trim piece at the top and bottom. The top also has a clear panel, and we will talk about that on the next page. I did have a problem with getting the windowed side panel off - it was really stiff and took two hands to get it to release. Maybe it will loosen up with some use.
From the top, it appears that there are four separate feet, but looking at the bottom of the case you can see that there are really only two support "feet", one for the front and one for the rear. Each one has two rubber strips attached to protect the floor, and reduce vibration. The height of the feet also provides a nice gap below the case for fresh air intake from the bottom of the case even on carpet. There are two removeable mesh vent panels that slide into some retaining guides and snap into position. They will keep dust from being drawn in from the bottom of the case and are easy to remove for cleaning. Now let's move on to the inside of the case.