Raidmax Viper: A Modern Budget Tower

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Raidmax Viper: A Modern Budget Tower

December 29, 2011 by Lawrence Lee

Product
Raidmax Viper
ATX Tower Case
Manufacturer
Street Price
US$60~$70

Raidmax is an a well-known case manufacturer headquartered in the United States with a long history of producing affordable towers but with a splash of garishness to differentiate them from the majority of the mass-produced OEM cases. Their latest case is the Viper, a budget tower in the US$60~$70 range that borrows heavily on the design of Cooler Master's Elite series of cases which typically retail for US$40~$50. The Viper aspires to be a bit more though, outfitted with all the modern trappings one would expect to see in a more respectable tower.


The box.

It's a change of pace from the types of cases we typically review, but is just as worthwhile as not everyone can afford US$100+ for what is essentially a shell protecting all the really important components inside a PC. It would be easy for us to snub our noses at such a product, but even a cheaply constructed case can be a good product as long as its design is fundamentally sound. We don't have high hopes though as manufacturers tend to most of their care and thought into their more profitable, high-end gear.


The Viper.

The Viper is a classic example of an affordable enthusiast tower --- it has more features (like USB 3.0) than generic towers and is dressed up a bit to appeal to those who can't afford something like the excessively excessive In Win Dragon Rider. According to Raidmax, the front panel has an "aggressive design" consisting of a swinging door with orange trim that bulges out slightly and decorative intake vents angled upwards. Our sample shipped with three 120mm fans with 4-pin molex connectors; The ones placed on the front and side are translucent models graced with blue LEDs. There's a window on the left side panel to better view the light show inside.


The accessory pack is Spartan, consisting of a few standoffs, washers, screws, a PC speaker, and a few pieces of gear to to tie off cables and such.


Specifications: Raidmax Viper
(from the product web page)
EXTERNAL DRIVE BAYS 4 X 5.25", 1 X 3.5"
INTERNAL DRIVE BAYS 4 X 3.5" H.D.
SYSTEM BOARD 10” X 12” MAX SIZE ATX FORM FACTOR / MICRO ATX
EXPANSION SLOTS STANDARD ATX 7 SLOTS
I/O PORTS 1 X USB3.0 + 1 X USB2.0 / 2 x AUDIO*
DIMENSIONS 521(L) X 185(W) X 445(H)mm
COLORS Black, White, Red
COOLING SYSTEM
FRONT 1 X 120mm blue LED fan
SIDE 1 x 120mm blue LED fan (optional)*
BACK 1 x 120mm Black frame with Black leaves fan
TOP None
*Possibly typos as our sample had two USB 3.0 ports and the "optional" side fan was included.


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