With the styrofoam end protectors and plastic bag removed, we find the owners manual and get our first look at the Rosewill THOR V2-W. Looking at the THOR V2-W for the first time, I just can’t help thinking of Star Wars Imperial Storm Troopers; which could lead to some interesting case mod ideas. The white with black accents color scheme works very well with the THOR V2-W white editions futuristic look. We can also see that the case is indeed quite large in size. The finish isn’t a gloss white, but more of a matte / satin white and the black is more of a gloss / universal black, which gives a great contrast to the two colors.
My initial thought on the build quality of the Rosewill THOR V2-W, is that the case seems to be built very well. The case is a heavier than I imagined and the materials seem to be thicker than some of the equally priced cases. I gave it several good pushes from the top corners and there was very little flex if any while the case was completely assembled.
Moving on to the side panels of the THOR V2-W, we see that Rosewill opted for the black mesh approach (for more Ventilation) instead of a see through window. The mesh window is kind of in an X pattern and has 230mm intake fan attached to it. Above the mesh window area Rosewill added three slanted mesh ventilation holes (approximately 3×4) mainly for aesthetic appeal, however also functional.
As we move to the other side panel we see that it is a solid panel with no vents or aesthetic coloring to it. This has become pretty much the norm for most all enclosures.
Looking to the top of the case we can see that Rosewill gave it a bit more attention in design and functionality. The THOR V2-W front I/O panel is located at the top of the case and has a slight downward angel to it, this helps users with it on their desktop more easily reach the various ports. These ports include from left to right : a Fan Speed B control knob, an E-SATA port, 2 USB 3.0 Ports, 2USB 2.0 ports, a headset jack and mic jack, 1 Fan Speed A control knob, there is a reset switch located under the Fan Speed B control knob and a large white power button located at the top center position. The THOR logo at bottom center lights up with the help of white LEDs when powered on. Also, you can see on each side of the I/O panel there is a light bar, these light bars are your HDD activity LED lights and sort of go from Blue LED to a flicker of White when activity is shown. This, in a way, gives off a lightning effect to the top of the case when the lights are off at night. After all was not THOR the God of Thunder and Lightning! Kudos on the Cool effect Rosewill.
Note: The reset button is not the normal type reset we see and accidentally bump into from time to time, instead it is like a reset button on the back of a router. In other words, it is inset into the I/O panel and requires you to use a pen or pencil to push the Reset Button. Some may find issue with this, however since I never use my reset button anyway it is a good thing to me, as I will not be accidentally hitting reset when reaching up to adjust fan speed or remove a flash drive etc.
There is also a black half hexagon shaped indention just passed the I/O panel. This indention has a black rubber surface and is made basically to place small items while not using them, say your thumb drives, SD cards, an ink pen or maybe even your car keys.
Moving on toward the back of the case you can see the Chevron shaped vents that we will be discussing a bit later in the review.
As we look at the bottom of the case we can see several items of interest. Let’s start with the removable PSU filter. It simply slides out and you can then clean it for reuse. Just like other parts of your case high powered PSU needs clean air circulating through it also, hence the honeycomb mesh opening in the PSU area and the need of a filter.
Next we move to the chassis bottom intake fan mounting area. The bottom of the case also has a honeycomb mesh design under the intake fan mount. We can see by the screw hole layout that a 140mm or 120mm fan can be utilized here. More on this a bit later.
Looking around where I have the PSU filter pulled partially out, you can see the nice large rubber bottomed case feet included on the Rosewill THOR V2-W case. This is a good thing for several reasons. 1) It gives the case room to draw in clean air from the bottom. 2) The rubber bottoms protect your desktop surface. 3) The rubber bottoms also provide a cushion to help reduce vibration and noise coming from the case.