Inside the RIOTORO CR1280

To begin looking at the interior we of course need to remove the side panel, which features an edge-to-edge plastic window, and a unique beveled design at the top.

The side panel has a seamless appearance when installed, and the construction is solid – especially considering this side is mostly a plastic window.

Now we'll take our first look inside the enclosure's interior:

That now-typical open layout shared by so many enclosures offers a lot of room for components and cooling.

Looking closely to the right, at the front of the enclosure, we see the included RGB intake fans.

To the rear we have a single 120 mm exhaust fan and the expansion slots. This rear panel is well vented to aid in exausting warm air.

Looking down at the floor of the enclosure – which isn't really the floor at all, and just the top of a partition hiding the PSU – we see an additional mounting points to add fans/radiators.

Up top, with the plastic window panel removed, we see another well-ventilated area for mounting fans and radiators. There is a filter up here, which is held in place with magnets:

On the subject of filters, we take a look inside the front panel – which is easy to remove by simply pulling it out.

This panel has a foam lining to help keep dust from the system inside. I would prefer a removable filter, as the perforated outer surface should allow for a lot of airflow – and dust. I was sorry to see that this foam was not removable, though the front panel could be vacuumed or taken to the air compressor easily enough.

Finally, we have the lower filters, which slide out to the front and back of the enclosure.

As we removed the front panel, here's a look at the front intake area. This also provides a look at the enclosure's steel internal construction:

The back of the enclosure has a solid steel side panel, and behind this we see mounts for SSDs and hard drives, as well as control boards (one is behind a magnetically-attached shroud) for fans and lighting.

Next we'll go over the build process with the PRISM CR1280.

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