System Build

The build process with the PRISM CR1280 is straightforward, with a lot of space in which to move around. My motherboard is the first component in, and there are plenty of cable routing openings (with rubber grommets) around the motherboard for a tidy build.

After the main components are in place on the board (CPU, GPU, RAM) it's time to look at the cooling options. These are plentiful, with numerous fan mounts and good liquid-cooling capacity. We'll review the full compatibility rundown from RIOTORO from the first page of this review:

  • Cooling:
    • 2x 120 or 2x 140 fan mounts in front
    • 3 x 120 or 2x 1400 fan mount on top
    • 1 x 140 mm or 1x120mm rear exhaust
  • Water Cooling Compatibility:
    • 1 x 140 x 25mm or 38mm rad + push/ pull fan in rear 
    • 3 x 120 x 25 mm rad + push fan on top (full clearance)
    • 2 x 120 rad or 2x 140 + push/ pull fan in front

​By default the front 120/140 mm mounts are populated by a pair of RGB fans, and we'll leave that alone for this build (there is plenty of room up front for a radiator or self-contained liquid cooler if you choose). This leaves the top 3 x 120 mm mounts, and I tried out a Corsair H100i GTX for size:

No clearance issues, though the fan mounts put the radiator about as far back (towards the motherboard) as you'd ever want it. I prefer cases that have offset fan mounts for the top, but this works.

The rear 120/140 mm mount is populated by a 120 mm exhaust fan out of the box. I left this in place for CPU air cooler testing, but removed it in favor of my Corsair H75 for the liquid cooler tests.

Storage Options

There are four slide-out SSD trays located on the back side of the enclosure, running along the left side.

And below the SSDs are four 3.5-inch hard drive mounts, also via slide-out plastic trays.

The plastic drive trays allow tool-free installation, and worked well. There's no extra padding for vibration reduction, but this didn't seem to be an issue.

Completed Build

The finished build looks pretty good, with enough room behind the motherboard tray to organize cables. The ATX power supply is located on the case floor under that partition, so any cable mess there is hidden from view. Overall, a clean-looking build.

Next we'll review the enclosure testing setup and methodology, or you can skip to the last page for the performance results.

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