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RIOTORO CR1080 Review


RIOTORO CR1080 Specifications:

Form Factor:
Mini Towerr
9.625” (W) x 14.125” (H) x 15.5” (D)
(245mm x 359mm x 394mm)
Drive Bays:
5.25 inch optical drive bay
Two 3.5/2.5 inch drive bays
2.5 inch drive bays
Motherboard Support:
ATX, micro-ATX, and mini-ITX
PSU Support:
Standard ATX 175x150x85 mm
Steel and Plastic
Graphics Card Support:
Fits full-length reference graphics cards up to 300mm
Maximum CPU Cooler Support:
Expansion Slots:
Cable Management:
Cutouts and mounting points
Fan / Radiator Mounting Points:
Front: Two 120mm mounts
One blue 120mm LED fan included
Supports single 120mm radiator
Bottom: Two 120mm mounts
Storage bay: 80mm mount
Front Panel:
Dual USB 3.0 ports
Microphone and headphone
Tool free side panels


RIOTORO CR1080 Features:

  • Support for full-size ATX motherboards and GPU’s.
  • Dual compartment design for cooler operation, reduced noise, and increased reliability.
  • Direct airflow layout for improved cooling of critical components.
  • Integrated cable management to reduce cable clutter and improve airflow.
  • Large window to showcase system interior.


All information courtesy of RIOTORO.   http://riotoro.com/cr1080/


RIOTORO CR1080 Testing:

Testing involved recording temperatures for the CPU, and GPU during idle and load phases. The load was simulated by running Prime95’s small FFTs and 3DMark Vantage for one hour. The maximum temperatures were recorded using HW Monitor 1.21.0. Please note that each case is tested from its factory setup, including location of fans, unless otherwise noted. 

Typically, we test a case using the Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler as our standard test cooler. This cooler is still relevant today despite the fact that it was released in 2009. Unfortunately, it was too large for our CR1080 case, so we had to use a cooler that would fit. The first choice was the be quiet! Shadow Rock LP, and it fit beautifully in the CR1080. But after some initial testing, the temps were going into the upper 80s (°C) and creeping into the 90s, so we decided to shut it down and try another cooler. Next in line was the be quiet! Dark Rock TF, which is a considerably larger cooler that uses two fans. The larger size of this cooler, however, did not allow the use of both fans, so we only used one fan for the testing.


Testing Setup:



The CR1080 is a small case and with one factory 120mm fan, it is no surprise that the airflow throught the case might be a bit on the light side. Consequently, you would expect to see the case temps to warm up during stress testing, which is exactly what we find. Idle temps with the CPU at stock clock and with an overclock come in at 27 °C and 34 °C, respectively.  It is when we crank up the heat that the temps begin to climb. Stock CPU temps under a load are 70 °C and push all the way up to 81 °C with an overclock.

Now, if you were to add fans to the open positions in the case (one in front and two at the bottom), I have no doubt that the temps would come down a bit with the improved airflow. You have to get that heat out of the case. So RIOTORO provides the option of adding case fans if you like. Of course, there can be some sacrifices with extra fans, and that comes in the form of more fan noise. With the single 120mm fan, the case is rather quiet. And really, if you aren't going to be constantly hammering on your CPU, then you really won't see the temps get out of hand.

Moving over to GPU testing, we see idle results coming in at 33 °C, which is certainly in the normal range, and even under a load the GPU temp hits the 81 °C mark, which is consistent with other cases. I don't usually see much variation with the GPU load testing. The video card I am using (NVIDIA GTX 770) is a reference design with a blower-style fan, which pushes the hot air out of the rear of the case. I find this design is beneficial to keeping internal case temperatures down compared to cards with fans mounted on the heat sinks that tend to circulate the hot air in the case.

  1. RIOTORO CR1080: Introduction
  2. RIOTORO CR1080: Specifications, Features & Testing
  3. RIOTORO CR1080: Conclusion
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