Introduction and First Impressions
A full-tower enclosure with RGB lighting
A newcomer in the PC enclosure space, RIOTORO has a lineup of unique-looking products to offer in a market flooded with options at every price-point. With this full-tower PRISM CR1280 enclosure the company says that they are providing not just a home for your components, but “the world’s 1st fully RGB case with unparalleled personalization options”.
Clearly, RGB lighting has been one of the biggest trends in PC hardware for the past year or so, and if you are so inclined the PRISM CR1280 promises fully customizable color with lighted accents on the front of the case, and included RGB intake fans.
Beyond the RGB lighting, however, the PRISM CR1280 has a rather unusual industrial design. There is angular black plastic over a steel body, and a large edge-to-edge side panel window (not to mention those bare aluminum feet). It looks like a premium enclosure, and it’s certainly priced like one with an MSRP of $169.99 (selling for $149 currently). Is it worth it? Read on to find out!
Before we move on, here’s a look at the specifications from Riotoro:
- Material: Steel, aluminum and plastic
- Motherboard Support: Mini ITX, micro ATX, ATX, eATX.
- Expansion Slots: 8
- Drive Bays:
- 4 x 3.5” internal screwless
- 4 x 2.5” internal screwless
- 2x 120 or 2x 140 mm fan mounts in front
- 3x 120 or 2x 140 mm fan mount on top
- 1x 120 or 1x 140 mm rear exhaust
- Water Cooling Compatibility:
- 1x 140 x 25 mm or 38 mm rad + push/ pull fan in rear
- 3x 120 x 25 mm rad + push fan on top (full clearance)
- 2x 120 rad or 2x 140 mm + push/ pull fan in front
- Front I/O:
- Power and reset buttons, high and low fan speed, RGB LED switch, 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, headphone and mic, HDD light
- Component Clearance:
- ATX Power Supply: Up to 220mm
- Max GPU Length: Over 400 mm
- Max CPU Cooler Height: 180 mm
- Dimensions (LxWxH): 478.1 x 250.72 x 577.50 mm (18.82 x 9.87 x 22.74 inches)
Thanks to RIOTORO for providing the enclosure for our review.
- RIOTORO PRISM CR1280 Enclosure: $149.99 – Amazon.com
Design is a highly personal thing, of course, so this won’t be for everyone. I found this to be an attractive-looking enclosure out of the box. I also noticed how light the enclosure feels, though it does seem sturdy upon initial inspection; well-braced despite the lighter weight.
The wide metal feet help make this tall enclosure feel very stable, with the front of the case rather unassuming otherwise (without the RGB fans powered on) as there are no front drive bays. The front panel is completely vented with large perforations backed by a foam filter layer. This should aid in cooling at the expense of some noise.
Looking at a rather busy top I/O, we have a number of options including fan speed (always appreciated!) and RGB controls, along with the usual USB and audio. The buttons here feel good, lacking any sort of ‘cheap’ feel.
The large side panel window dominates the component side of things, and is similar to the recently reviewed Corsair 400C enclosure with its edge-to-edge plastic window design.
The top of the Prism CR1280 is also windowed, which I haven’t seen before, and this plastic panel pops off to reveal a magnetic filter beneath. (More about intake filters on the next page.)
Around back we have the 8 expansion slots and 120/140 mm fan mount (with factory installed exhaust fan). Oddly, all but the top pair of slots is an old-fashioned steel punch-outs – though a full compliment of expansion slot covers are included in the box. Why these were not pre-installed in favor of the punch-outs is beyond me.
The bottom of the enclosure is fully vented, and there are slide-out air filters at the front and rear of the case.
Next we'll take a close look inside the CR1280 enclosure.