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NZXT ROGUE Crafted Series SFF Gaming Chassis Review
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Written by Elgen   
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NZXT ROGUE Crafted Series SFF Gaming Chassis Review
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From functional, but uninspiring, eggshell white cases that held your 486 or early Pentium CPU in the 90’s, to the modern enthusiast gaming case of today.  Granted, you can still get a super cheap case, that is barely functional, and yes, even eggshell white, but there is really no reason to do so, as there are far better choices out there.  Enter the NZXT Rogue, constructed from aluminum and steel, which features a removable motherboard tray, 3 included 120mm fans with room for 2 more, and a carrying strap(!).  This enthusiast gaming case has a full range of features, and a whole different look! Provided by: NZXT

Price: $149

Closer Look:

The packaging is straightforward, and what you would expect, displaying a picture of the color scheme for the model you have purchased (this one is black with blue LED’s, other color schemes are available).  Actually, because a courier must have been having a bad day, this box arrived a bit beat up, but this allows us to confirm that the styrofoam protection was ample enough to protect the unit from any damage.

 

 

 

Out of the packaging, the first thing to notice is the low profile, rectangular design, which differentiates the case from the traditional tower design.  The NZXT Rogue has a fine semi-glossy finish, and although constructed partly of aluminum, has enough steel in it as well to give it a nice weight (9.2Kg), which for me personally at least, allows for easier day-to-day usage.  I don’t like it when my cases are too light, for one they feel flimsy and for another, they don’t stay put when I am installing the third CPU cooler of the evening!  The top of the case sports a plexiglass window, so you have visual access to all the components of the motherboard. 

 

 

The sides are sleek looking and are fully finned to provide ample airflow through each included 120mm fan, one on each side.  There is room for another additional fan on each side as well.

 


The back is compact and functional, with another included 120mm fan, and the obviously needed space for power supply and expansion cards.  These are all accessible with thumbscrews to allow for quick and easy removal.  Also thumbscrew accessible is the motherboard tray.  More on this later.

 

 

The case comes with all the screws you will need, both for additional fans and for optical and hard drives.  It even comes with a screwdriver!  It also includes a carrying strap setup, so you can take your rig to a LAN party, sort of like a really expensive lunch kit!  An expansion bracket for larger power supply units is also included, really allowing for a lot of configurability.

 

 

Let’s take a closer look at some the features this case has to offer…



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Rigs  - mATX Motherboards and the cases that love them...   |74.178.58.xxx |2009-04-09 12:28:28
'...we were unable to find a board to install!'

Do you mean that you didn't
have a board lying around to install or couldn't find one on the market. I
suspect the former, because there are plenty, including the one I built my mATX
gaming rig with, an Asus P5Q-EM. Though I used a Thermaltake LanboxLite for my
build (excellent mATX gaming case btw), I wanted an mATX board that supported
Intel based procs and chipsets. After alomst a month of researching, I came to
the conclusion that the Asus board had the most features and was priced
accordingly. In fact, this board has just as many features (such as eSATA, HDMI,
optical audio, and a PCI-E 16x port) as a regular ATX gaming mainboard. I paid
$180 on MWAVE in Nov of last year, stuck an ATI Radeon HD4870 in there and have
been very pleased ever since...Something you guys might want to look into for a
future feature?

=-Rigs-=
admin   |SAdministrator |2009-04-09 12:37:03
Neither myself or any of my reviewers had one kicking around other than a 1800+
which is a pointless test. Usually I can get stuff from a local associate of
mine but he was out as well and I needed to get the review out. All we do for
testing is show temps seeing as how this case has a potential 5 120mm fan's
there is a pretty good chance it cools just fine. We are looking into some matx
and mini itx boards for future reviews it's just that we were caught off guard
because I didn't read the fine print before asking for this case for review. It
is a fantastic case otherwise looks incredible lit up and the features
themselves sell this case. Everyone loves sliding out mobo trays and purdy
windows haha.
Rigs   |74.170.255.xxx |2009-04-10 23:08:41
Indeed, the Rogue is very well ventilated. It was one of the cases I considered
during my research. In the end, though, I really liked the Thermaltake
LanboxLite. It's a tad smaller than both the Rogue and Thermaltakes' own Lanbox,
but can take all the latest vid cards and power supplies. It also comes in Black
or Silver (the silver is rare it seems) with a blue-LED fan in the front behind
the mesh panel. It also has double clear side panels, so you can see right thru.
It casts a nice light on the motherboard when it's on in the dark. If you want
to review some mATX stuff, I highly recommend placing this case and the Asus
P5Q-EM on the list. As I said before, the Asus board is top notch and paired
with my E8400 Core2Duo and 2gb of OCZ DDR2 1066mhz RAM, plus the HD4870, it
doesn't even break a sweat in most any game, including Crysis!

=-Rigs-=
admin   |SAdministrator |2009-04-11 04:38:09
I am doing some work with both asus and thermaltake right now you will be seeing
some reviews coming up from them. Maybe in the next batch I'll see if I can get
some of those products in.
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