They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and one look is all it takes to decide if the new Raptor PC chassis from Raidmax
is ugly as sin or one of the coolest designs you've ever seen. There isn't much middle ground here -- it's wild, it's funky, it's attention getting, and according to Raidmax, it was inspired by luxurious themes. We're not sure we see the same resemblance Raidmax does, but it's definitely an eye-catching chassis, if that's what you're after.
There's a dark-tinted airfoil design that sits above the LED illuminated case fans. It's translucent and flanked by fender-like blades on both sides of the front panel. On the inside, there's a modular HDD cage that supports up to five 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives. It slides out without any tools, after which time you'll need to fetch a screwdriver to attach your HDD or SSD. If you remove the HDD cage, you can install graphics cards up to 430mm in length. Another removable drive cage holds two more 2.5-inch drives.
One the cooling front, the Raptor breathes air with the aid of four included 120mm fans, with the option of installing one more in front. The front-mounted 120mm LED fan blows right over the top of the HDD cage or directly on the graphics card. There are also ventilation holes on the side panel and bottom PSU area.
Finally, the Raptor includes pre-routed cable management cutouts and clips, supports USB 3.0, and sports two control knows to adjust fan speed and brightness.
The Raptor will ship in the U.S. and Canada in May for $100 MSRP.