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Rosewill STAR PREDATOR Case Review: Balance Between Price and Value

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Closer Look at the Rosewill STAR PREDATOR

As I have mentioned the core of STAR PREDATOR is steel, SPCC steel to be exact. SPCC steel is made by cold rolling dead steel thus making the skeleton of the case very sturdy and light. The same really goes for the side and top panel. The whole case is about 15 lb which isn’t all that heavy for cases of this type of material.

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The entire case is painted in black and has top and side ventilation as well as front, rear and bottom. The front bezel of the case is made entirely out of plastic. From the looks of it, the bezel is made from ABS plastic. What I found odd by looking closer at the case is that there are no logos or any kind of markings that would point back to Rosewill or the model of the case.

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Upgrading this case with water-cooling set up should be pretty easy as the rear and the top of the case offers hose holes and ability to mount 240mm radiator. Power supply mounts on the bottom of STAR PREDATOR just like the most cases you see out there.

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The front panel offers a pair of USB 3.0 and a pair of USB 2.0 connections along with Audio In and Out connectors. Power and reset buttons are also located on the top part of the bezel. There are two external 5.25″ drive bays which are covered by a plastic door.

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To provide sufficient air flow in to the case, STAR PREDATOR has a pair of 120mm color fans in the front of the case. The ridges you see on the picture above provide direct access to air from the front. Exhaust from the case is from the side door and rear of the case.

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The case doors are made from steel as well. The sides of the doors are folded for better fit in the actual case. As you can imagine, skeleton of this case is pretty sturdy as well. Each corner has been double tacked for better support. When it comes to modding, you really need a solid frame and I think this case has it. As I have mentioned earlier STAR PREDATOR has a slot for power supply on the bottom of the case. To minimize the vibration of the case, there are four rubber mountings that support power supply.

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There are plenty of vents in this case to hold even the most hard air cooling setups, but if you are looking for get some liquid cooling going in here STAR PREDATOR got you covered as well. The top or front of the case supports a radiator up to 240mm. So installing sufficient cooling is a breeze.

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Cable management in this case is relatively good. There are open slots for cables however there is no rubber stoppers to make the cable stay in place. Motherboard tray is non removable and has an opening for socket slot back cover that could be used to install different CPU coolers. There is one SSD slot on the back of the motherboard, if you would like to utilize it. There is enough clearance on the top of the motherboard tray for motherboard power to snake trough.

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There are total of 3 fans that are included with this case, one rear 120mm fan and two front 120mm led fans. The front fans emit blue light that could be seen from the front of the case. If you would like to add more air flow in to the case, you can use two 140mm fans in the front for better air flow.

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While looking over the complete case I found couple of plastic filters, one on the top and one on the bottom to be exact. It looks like they would do an OK job keeping dust out of the case. The whole case sits on rubber feet that keep case from tilting.

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Hard drive cage could be removed if needed. Installation of 3.5″ hard drives takes a little time as you need to use screws in to hard drives to keep them secure in the drive cage. No tool less design here. So if you are going to use long GPUs, installing hard drives might be a challenge.

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Alex Lusakhpuryan

Alex has been part of the media scene for about 15 years now. As a Sr IT Systems Engineer by day and media reviewer by night, Alex brings his expertise in networking and storage aspects of the technology as well as in overall knowledge of the latest technologies.

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