Revoltec Rhodium

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Revoltec Rhodium
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Revoltec Rhodium
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Flip the case round to looking at the rear and it’s the usual layout, with the power supply at the top, 120mm fan next to the motherboard hole, and seven PCI holes below. Interestingly, the fan isn’t mounted with screws and instead requires the supplied mounting bracket. This bracket has some Revoltec anti-vibration mounts which have rubber grommets on both sides of the mounting ‘screw’ unlike the NZXT Hush. The provided fan for this slot doesn’t have any funky LED’s or anything special, but is likely to be nice and quiet.

Revoltec Rhodium
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Revoltec Rhodium
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You get another free fan which is mounted at the front of the case behind a removable dust filter. This fan is a little more interesting as it has some blue LED’s in it, and its name is ‘Dark Blue’. If you want to clean the dust filter, you’ll need the provided Allen key to pop off the front facia. Now you can clean and wash to your hearts content. Once this facia comes off, you’ll find that there is a very interesting method keeping your case secure. There is a small knob which when turned will prevent the side panel from being removed. While you won’t be able to easily access this knob, it is useful if you have set up your PC as you like it and are at a LAN party. Most people won’t even know that removing the facia gives you access to the unlocking mechanism. Nice little feature in my mind.

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The PCI brackets at the back are made of ultra-crappy steel that’s thinner than paper. On the plus side, you get the Revoltec tool-less add-in card mounting system. Simply flick up the flap and side it away from the PCI hole, shove in your card and then side it back and flip it back down. Job done. The supplied manual tells you that you can’t use this with dual-slot cards (such as an 8800) and you’ll have to remove it, which does mean that you’ll need a screw driver, but its pretty easy to do. If you find that you have no clue how to use the tool-less clips, there is a nice little sticker on the bottom of the case which lets you know the ins and outs.

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Speaking of tool-less design, there is much more to see. In one of the three HDD bays, there is a fairly odd looking bunch of plastic things which are more useful than they look. You get six HDD rails, and eight 5.25” ones. You need two per drive and they just clip on and then you can easily slide the drive into one of the mounting positions. No screw driver is needed at any stage. If you want to use a 2.5” external bay then you have to use screws.

The motherboard tray is labelled well with stamped numbers by each hole which the sticker tells you are needed for different motherboard layouts. This 10p extra is quite useful and I would love to see it on more cases.

To provide the case with more strength, there is a bar that runs from the optical drive cage to the back of the case below the power supply slot. Normally this is quite annoying as it doesn’t give much space to move your motherboard about and you have to take your CPU cooler off to take out/install your power supply. However, Revoltec know this and have given a couple of extra centimetres to allow a power supply to easily pass through.

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While not a major feature, the feet of this case keep with the rest of the silver colour scheme and are nice and large. The centre of them also has a pad of rubber stopping your computer sliding about.

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Last modified: February 15, 2011

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