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RIOTORO Prism CR1280 Review


RIOTORO Prism CR1280 Closer Look:

Okay, let's get down to business. Without any optical drive bays in the way, there certainly appears to be a lot of room. There is nothing to obstruct air flow through the case and nothing to get in the way of long video cards. In fact, you can actually go over 400mm, which is almost 16 inches. RIOTORO's DAT (direct airflow technology) directs the air where it is most needed, and if you think about it, the air from the two front fans will be delivered right to the GPU and the CPU cooler - assuming you use an air cooler. Liquid cooling may not benefit quite as much, but even then,  fresh, cool air across the motherboard is not a bad thing.

There are six cable routing holes - each with a rubber grommet. The motherboard tray has a nice cutout for access to the rear of the motherboard when installing a CPU cooler, but there is a minor issue that you will see later. There are two 120mm front fans that supply fresh air into the case and one rear 120mm exhaust fan. Looking now at the back side of the case, you can see that the bottom section of the case is reserved for the power supply and hard drives. There is room for four regular hard drives at the bottom left and there are four 2.5" solid state drive trays that mount in a vertical column along the left side. There is also a small green circuit board in the center, as well as a second one hidden behind a cover with the RIOTORO logo on it. We will see what the purpose of these boards is later.



The front panel pops off to reveal the two included 120mm RGB front intake fans. You can also mount two 140mm fans up front, if you like larger fans. Below the fans is a small protruding mount for two LEDs that illuminate the RIOTORO logo, which we will see in action later. From left to right, the top I/O panels consists of the power button, the RGB button, two fan speed buttons, the hard drive activity light above the headphone and mic jacks, two USB 2.0 ports above two USB 3.0 ports, and finally the reset button. I always like to see the reset button off by itself to avoid accidental resets. I like the layout of the USB ports - they are perfectly spaced for wide flash drives.



Here we have the clear top cover panel unattached and tilted up so you can see the tabs that keep it in place. When it is installed, it has a nice gap around it to allow air flow, and beneath the top cover panel is a fine mesh filter panel. This filter panel has a thin magenetic strip around the perimeter to hold it in place. The top has provisions for three 120mm fans or two 140mm fans. As for water cooling, you can mount up to a 360mm top radiator with push or pull fans and still have full clearance for the motherboard. In the rear you can mount up to a 140mm rear radiator with push / pull fans, and in front you can mount up to a 280mm radiator with push / pull fans. So you do have some decent cooling options with the CR1280.




The photo on the left shows a closer look at the hard drive bays (in the hard drive compartment), with the space for the four hard drives(shown with trays removed, while the photo to the right shows the power supply compartment. There is a vent above the power supply opening to allow for fresh air intake, depending on which way the fan on the power supply faces. There is enough room for up to a 220mm power supply and some space to stash extra power supply cables.



With no optical drive bays in the way, you have an unobstructed view of the two front 120mm RGB fans. This is also a nice spot for a 240mm front radiator. To the left of the fans there are circular perforations that allow air flow to the back side of any SSDs mounted on the opposite side. The next picture shows the floor of the case. The slots on the right allow air movement into any hard drives installed below, and there are mounting holes so you can install a 120mm fan to deliver air directly to the hard drives. To the left of the slots is a vent that also allows the installation of a 120mm fan to move air into or out of the power supply compartment that is located below the case floor. The ability to add two fans to the case floor is a great option. Also notice the rubber grommet toward the back plane for additional (and rather convenient) cable routing.



The hardware kit consists of motherboard scews, fan mounting screws, hard drive mounting screws, zip ties, and expansion slot covers. The ones in the case are the knock-out style, so RIOTORO supplies these to cover any that you knock out and need to fill in later. The instruction set is mininal, but really, how much do you need? My only complaint is that the pictures are a bit dark and hard to see any detail - not a show stopper by any means.



The solid state drives have their own plastic trays (four total) and the 3.5" drives also have four plastic trays. They easily attach to the hard drives without screws. The solid state drives trays are then mounted behind the back plane and snap into place, and the 3.5" drive trays slide into the slots and also lock into place. The next picture is of the rear of the motherboard, and you can see that the mounting bracket / back plate for the CPU cooler is blocked on the left side. Something to keep in mind when installing a cooler - you will want to get the bracket / back plate mounted before you install the motherboard. Too bad the cut-out in the motherboard tray isn't about a half inch wider.



The installation went smoothly - no problems. Here the motherboard is ready for the CPU cooler to be set in place. On the right we finally have the cooler and GPU installed and the build is finished. I like the cable routing on this case, as you end up with a clean build rather easily. The CR1280 can handle a variety of motherboard form factors, including Mini ITX, micro ATX, ATX, and eATX. The front fans can deliver fresh air to the CPU cooler and the GPU with no obstructions in the way. Having no optical drive bays really opens the case up and makes it look larger than it is. So now it is time to power it up and see how this RGB case looks.


  1. RIOTORO Prism CR1280 Introduction & Closer Look
  2. RIOTORO Prism CR1280 Closer Look: Working Components
  3. RIOTORO Prism CR1280 Closer Look: Working Components Continued
  4. RIOTORO Prism CR1280 Specifications & Features
  5. RIOTORO Prism CR1280 Testing: Setup & Results
  6. RIOTORO Prism CR1280 Conclusion
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