Rosewill Rise Glow Full-Tower Chassis - Specifications and Installation

Article Index
Rosewill Rise Glow Full-Tower Chassis
Closer Look Outside and Inside
Specifications and Installation
Final Thoughts

Rise Glow Features:

The following features and specifications have been taken from the Rosewill product page and posted here for your convenience. If you have any other questions and want the latest information, please always refer to the manufacturer's site for all the latest details. The information below is just for your convenience.

  • Support up to E-ATX(12"x10.3") Motherboard
  • 8 expansion slots
  • Advanced Cooling System:
    • Front 3x 120mm Fans (pre-installed)
    • Rear 1x 140mm Fan (pre-installed)
    • Top 2x 140mm Fan (option) or 2x 120mm Fan (option)
    • Rear 1x 80mm Fan (option) (if only 1 bottom PSU is installed)
  • Removable HDD cage
  • HDD trays support 3.5" or 2.5" HDD/SSD
  • Top & Front dust filter
  • Top IO ports– 2x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0, Audio out, MIC in
  • Advanced Dual PSU Design
  • Advanced Bottom-Mounted PSU Design

 

Specifications:

Specs

 

Installation:

The layout of the case looks pretty decent and there is a lot of room for cable management. Although it looks promising there are always some issues that may arise when we install a system. We dropped in some pretty recent hardware into this case. Included in the build is a MSI Z97-G45 Gaming motherboard, a pair of 2TB Hard Drives as well as an OCZ Vector SSD mounted behind the motherboard tray. Taking up space in the uppermost optical drive bay is a Plextor Blu-Ray Writer and all of this hardware is powered by 8GB of DDR3 memory, an Intel Core i7 4790K processor and a HIS R9 270X 2GB graphics card. All of this hardware makes a decent build, but it not crazy expensive either. It's hardware like this that you may find in a case such as the Rosewill Rise Glow.


Mobo Installed

Mobo Installed


SSD Installed

SDD Mounted on Rear Mobo Tray

   

Optical Drive Rail

Optical Rack

Fan Bus

Fan Bus

 

There are a couple of things to note about the installation. The uppermost optical drive bay has a very short rack that is a hanger for the lower 5.25/3.5-inch bay. If you are installing a standard drive (as we did) there is a great potential for the drive to want to sag as there is no support for the rear of the unit. That can be a bad thing for sure and the other option is in install it in the lower rack, but as you can see in the image above, it's hung pretty much the same way.

Other thing is the lack of drive bays. I realize that the Rise Glow case is more about crazy cooling on an E-ATX motherboard with dual-PSUs, but there simply isn't much room for installing hard drives. There are two tool-less drive rails at the bottom front of the case, but that is it for actual 3.5-inch designated bays. You can squeeze one more on top of the others in a dog-and-pony show type of fastening system, and there are a couple of 2.5-inch SSD (or laptop HDD) brackets on the rear of the motherboard tray that help you expand your storage options a bit. Still, it seems that there should be space for four standard HDDs all lined up instead of using one 5.25-inch bay, the two tool-less bays as well as the Mickey Mouse operation on top of the other drive rails.

Other than the two separate drive issues, there really isn't much to complain about when it comes to installing hardware in this case. I'm pretty happy with the clean build thanks to the spacious rear-side of the motherboard tray and all the wiring routes.

Clean Build

On the last page we'll wrap up with our final thoughts and show a few more images of this case built and running.