Rosewill Rise Glow Full-Tower Chassis

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Product: Rosewill Rise Glow Full-Tower Chassis
Provided By: Rosewill
Price: ~$110 Online at time of publication

 

Introduction:

Rosewill has really come a long way since they started making and selling computer cases. Back when they first started, their cases felt and more importantly, looked a bit cheap and that turned off all but the most value minded consumers. The truth is, they've always made a decent product, but their fit and finish over the years has constantly improved. Today they have a bunch of different cases for different form factors including Mid-Tower, Mini-Tower, Mini-ITX and Full-Tower cases. Today we are looking at one of their newer Full-Tower cases - the Rise Glow. If you're not a fan of blue LED fans, you can always pick the standard Rise case, but I do like the look of this one.

Rise Box

Rise Inner Box

 

First Impressions:

The Rosewill Rise Glow is a steel and plastic case that offers a lot of height with a shorter footprint to allow you to use E-ATX motherboards without taking up a ton of floor-space as do some other long-body Full-Tower cases. This gives the case a rather tall appears where it isn't all that tall. It has enough height to hold a couple of power supplies, but it's not overly tall. It should be able to easily fit under any table that you may have in your office or home. 

Side Window

 

I love the tinted side window on this case. That alone makes it worth some extra point based on appearance right there. It doesn't cost much more to have a tinted window and the ability you gain to hide things inside without being quite so tidy is wonderful. That being said, the case has excellent cable management and it really shouldn't be all that difficult to make sure it looks good inside and out. As you can see in the image below, the case is very square and while the front and top are plastic, it doesn't feature gaudy rounded edges and an alien appearance to try and impress 10-year olds. The case looks very impressive and even a bit professional.

 

Front and Back

Front and Back

 

As I mentioned before, the rear of the case shows off that it can hold two power supplies as well as hose ports for an external liquid cooling kit. Also noted on the back is the large fan, and you might just be able to spot the edge of a removable fan filter at the bottom of the case as well.

On the next page we'll take a closer look at the outside of the Rise Glow before we tear off the side panels and take a closer look inside.


Closer Look Outside:

As we start to take a look around the outside of this case, one thing is clear: Rosewill has taken time to learn how to build a case with a decent finish. There are a lot of little details that make this case stand out - including the use of four thumbscrews on each side panel to completely eliminate vibration from drives, fans and more. Other details such as dual-PSU bays, removable fan filters, tall case feel and more all add up to a solid piece of kit.

Case Feet & Filter

Case Feet & Filter

 

Top front of the case only has room for a couple of 5.25-inch drives - or a single 5.25-inch and a 3.5-inch device. At one point this would have been railed on as not being enough, but many compact computer today don't even include an optical drive at all - and towers that include an optical drive usually only include one. Unless you have grand plans to turn this case into a Blu-Ray replicator, you should be good to go. One thing that I do absolutely love about the top front of this case is the sheer number of USB ports. The Rise Glow comes with four USB 2.0 ports as well as a couple of USB 3.0 ports. Beside all of those are the standard microphone and headphone jacks as well as the power and reset buttons.

Optical Bays

5.25-inch Bays

Top Ports

Tops Ports

 

As I mentioned before, the Rise Glow has a pretty impressive rear. In addition to a couple of liquid cooling ports are dual-PSU bays (top & bottom) as well as a large, quiet fan and everything else you'd expect from a Full-Tower case. You may notice in the front and rear image on the previous page that the case supports a total of eight expansion slots - allowing for E-ATX motherboards.

Top Rear

Top Rear

Rear Close

Rear Close

Rear Bottom

Rear Bottom

 

Opening Up the Rise Glow:

The Rise Glow has a bit of an interesting layout that is immediately apparent once you remove a side panel. The case is virtually empty. Of course that may not come as a shock as we haven't built a system in it yet, but there aren't much for drive racks - either 3.5-inch ones at the bottom or any internal 3.5-inch racks at the top. In fact once you remove the side bar that show that there are really only two of each of the 3.5-inch and 5.25-inch drive bays.

Side Open

Side Open

 

 

The Rise Glow is ready to go for some pretty large cooling options as there is room at the top, the front and the rear for a bunch of different radiator and cooling configurations. It is possible to install a 360mm radiator at the front of the case for your CPU or graphics card cooling as well as an additional 140mm radiator at the rear or a 280mm radiator at the top of the case. Rosewill has cut out the extra that a lot of people don't use and instead given us some amazing cooling options.

Front Inside

Front Inside

Inside Rear

Inside Rear

Grommets

Cable Management

 

On the next page, we'll briefly cover the specifications and a few details about this case before we build a system inside and share our 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.


Final Thoughts:

The Rosewill Rise Glow does pretty much what they say it will do. Thanks to the Full-Tower design and fit for E-ATX motherboards and dual Power Supplies, there is a ton of room inside this case. One thing that makes it feel even roomier is the lack of 3.5-inch drive bays. Without these there is a lot of room for three or more long graphics cards and this is perhaps what Rosewill is really gearing up for. As you can see in the image below, the case appears almost empty when running a single graphics card, two HDDs, one SSD and an optical drive. The layout is really nice.

Side Open - Installed

Installed

Side Bar - Lights On

Side Bar - Lights On

 

An interesting piece that comes with the Rise Glow is the side piece that sits and covers the drives and some of the front area of the case. This acts to prevent the lights from shining too brightly out the side window. It also acts as a barrier to hide some of the cables and ugly bits of the build. Once you install the tinted side panel, it doesn't make that much of a difference however.

Side View

Side View

Head on

Head On

 

The images above are pretty dark, but I wanted to show you what the case looks like when lit up in the dark. If you don't like blue lights, you won't be happy but blue on black looks pretty good to me and with the tinted side window and front heavy mesh and filter the lights are blinding in the dark. If you like to sleep in total darkness and want to leave your computer running all night, you'll want to look at the plain Rise case from Rosewill. It is the same case - but without the lighted fans.

One final thing that I do like about the case is the plethora of ports on the top fo the case. It has a total of six USB ports and two of these are USB 3.0. This adds a lot of flexibility and functionality to the case if you're plugging in USB drives, cameras, hard drive docks and more. I love this feature. Many cases have two USB ports and at times, that's just not enough. I love the extras that Rosewill throws in with the Rise Glow.

 

Pros:

  • Supports E-ATX motherboards
  • Lots of rear expansion
  • Lots of USB ports on the front
  • Dual PSU design
  • Flexible cooling configurations
  • Decent price
  • Excellent cable management

 

Cons:

  • Not many HDD bays
  • Flimsy Optical Drive bays
  • Not real quiet

 

 

At the end of the day the Rosewill Rise Glow is a decent case, but it does have a few issues that may be deal-breakers for some. What it has done is replace my previous tower and I'm very happy to leave my hardware in its new home. 

I'd like to thank Rosewill for sending out this case for a review. If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please feel free to post them in the forum at the link below.