Raidmax Alpha RGB (White) Mid-Tower PC Case Review @ ModSynergy.com
In my recent review of the gaming oriented XCELLON KU-MB100B wired backlit keyboard, I showcased an inexpensive option for those gamers on a strict budget wanting to own a cool backlit keyboard for under $29.95 USD.
Today’s review follows the same path for gamers on a strict budget wanting to upgrade, or who may be building a new PC system, but wanting to dip their feet into the crazy RGB lighting market that has been infiltrating the PC industry.
Within the last year, any product that contains RGB lighting has come with an inflated price premium. Raidmax has taken notice by creating the Alpha RGB mid-tower PC case that infuses RGB lighting into a modern PC case, offers a remote control to cycle through the various RGB lighting modes, and hopes this will be the inexpensive solution for those on a budget. Raidmax may have created a niche with their $74.99 USD price point and we’ll be testing the white exterior version of the Raidmax Alpha RGB to see if it’s a worthy platform for your hard earned money.
Raidmax was founded in 1988 with the mission of providing the best solutions: specifically, meeting your requirements for innovative designs, excellent performance and quality products.
In early 2003, Raidmax was the first to debut the design "Scorpio": an alien eye shape on its general front panel. At the time, it was the best ever hit in the gaming case business and almost every factory had owned at least one similar design back in China. Two years later, Raidmax released another cutting-edge design, Samurai, and people who had seen the case itself instantly fell in love.
After numerous global feedback, Raidmax is known all over the world. It is said our company is not only a case designer but also the perfect budget keeper. You can simply spend a little but you receive higher quality than you expect.
It has been more than 10 years since Raidmax began its work on its unique product lines and market position. The name of Raidmax is synonymous to gaming design and budget cases. In the United States, Raidmax is considered to be a major brand in this regard; in Asia, it is said that only Raidmax can offer the budget cases with great designs; in Europe, with almost no brand management, Raidmax' followers are still showing their loyal support in many ways.
Raidmax Alpha RGB Product Features
Raidmax Alpha RGB Specifications
The Raidmax Alpha RGB PC case comes in a beautifully designed colored corrugated box. This was surprising considering the lower price point which made a plain brown box seem more likely. Raidmax went all out with their fancy colored attractive box design showcasing the Alpha RGB in white and black versions, main features of the case, and main specifications. Unfortunately the only thing rather puzzling about this rather large box was no handles for easier transport.
Visual Overview – Exterior
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I love the modern and sleek look the Alpha RGB exudes. The beauty of the Raidmax Alpha RGB is fully appreciated once it’s laid out on a table to behold, with the front grille the first thing that strikes my attention because it resembles that of a 3D hologram. Depending on how the front grille is viewed, it seems to change depth like its jumping out at you. The front grille section is where the RGB lighting will shine when the computer is turned on.
The RGB LED lighting system inside the Alpha RGB supports 22 dynamic modes, 20 static colors, and promises very smooth lighting effects. The included RF wireless remote control can adjust the speed of the lighting effects dynamically, adjust the static color, cycle through 7 direct color selections, adjust the brightness of the LED, dynamically adjust the lighting effect modes, and the lighting system can be turned on or put into standby.
Going over some of the main features of the Alpha RGB, there’s a magnetic dust filter on top of the case that can be easily removed and washed if need be, the front of the case houses the front panel RGB lighting system and comes with an RF wireless remote control, the Alpha RGB can support graphics cards with a maximum length of 390mm (15.35”) and CPU coolers with a maximum height of 175mm (6.88”), there’s a unique full length power supply shroud that makes cable management a breeze and makes everything look neat and tidy, internally there is a side cable passageway that promotes cable tidiness, and there’s support for 360mm liquid cooling systems at the front. In terms of case fans the Alpha RGB supports 120mm x 3 or 140mm x 2 up front, 120mm x 3 or 140mm x 2 up top, 120mm x 1 or 140mm x 1 in the rear. A single 120mm rear exhaust fan comes pre-installed.
The Raidmax Alpha RGB comes with a large side panel and isn’t the usual clear one you see on the market, but is of the smoky tinted kind which subdues the LED lights inside the PC case.
On one end of the side panel there’s a power button, reset button, and two LED indicators, while on the other end we find two USB 3.0 ports and two HD audio ports for headphone and microphone. I would have liked to see (4) four USB 3.0 ports in this day and age.
There are side ventilation ports so air can flow through but very small, and air can flow through the open port at the bottom of the front panel. Unfortunately, front airflow isn’t the best as the front grille is blocked with the 3D hologram-like front panel insert.
As already stated, there is a removable and washable magnetic dust filter up top. There is another smaller dust filter at the bottom of the case where the power supply sits so that cool air can flow through the power supply.
Visual Overview – Interior
For those who still utilize and prefer an internal optical drive, Blu-Ray for example, the Alpha RGB supports a single 5.25” drive expansion bay with tool-less design.
The exterior color of the Raidmax Alpha RGB case being reviewed today is white. The paint quality is top-notch with no paint defects seen anywhere. The paint doesn’t feel powder-coated but conventional liquid based paint that’s sprayed on and appears to have a hint of semi-gloss and the paint thickness feels generous. The metal side panels have good weight to them, are not flimsy, and add overall weight to the platform.
The interior layout is painted black which contrasts with the white exterior and makes the overall look very sexy. The interior is beautifully powder-coated and has a great quality texture. The motherboard tray comes with pre-installed standoffs so one can start by dropping in the motherboard and build right away. The interior layout is neat, organized, and spacious in the motherboard tray. There’s a nice and large CPU heatsink motherboard cutout so you can make CPU cooler changes down the road without having to remove the whole motherboard from the case.
Coming to the rear of the case we see the dual SSD compartment caddy to the left, HDD caddy bottom left, and power supply compartment at the bottom right.
On top of the metal power supply shroud you can place a single SSD from taking one of the two SSD caddy’s located in the rear. It would have been great if Raidmax included three SSD caddy’s in the first place.
Speaking of the power supply compartment, it supports standard sized ATX size power supplies 150mm in length, but there’s no information on the box or website relating to the maximum power supply size it can accommodate. I used a Rosewill SilentNight-500W fan-less power supply that has measurements of 170 x 150 x 86 mm, and I would say that is the maximum length you should put in this case. The Rosewill SilentNight-500W power supply barely fit with the modular cables hitting and becoming stuck against the HDD caddy cage, and was a pain to remove. Upon reflection and looking at the layout, Raidmax should have moved the HDD cage toward the front to make room for larger power supplies. This would have been easy to do, wouldn’t hurt the design structurally, and made more sense. The current location of the HDD cage is not the best decision.
Taking off the front panel reveals the RGB lighting system, which is a single strip of 18 SMD LEDs that illuminate the front panel 3D hologram-like insert that lies behind the front grille.
Here’s a photo of the included wireless RF remote control that controls every aspect of the RGB lighting system. The magnet on the rear of the remote control is a nice touch so you can mount it anyway around the case you like.
System Build Example & Build Thoughts
Building inside the Raidmax Alpha RGB was mostly pain free and is a positive experience. The case is spacious to work in, has a good number of holes (though without rubber grommets that would go easier on cabling) that can be used to route wires in and around the case promoting neat presentation.
Because the Alpha RGB contains a full length power supply shroud, you can get away by dumping all the wires behind the power supply shroud and it won’t be seen through the window. In the end, building inside the Raidmax Alpha RGB will give you a very clean and eye catching system, especially once the RGB lighting is turned on, taking the coolness factor of the case off the charts.
RGB Lighting Demo Videos
Where Can I Buy One? And For How Much?
The Raidmax Alpha RGB PC case can be purchased on Amazon USA for $74.99 USD.
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The Raidmax Alpha RGB is a pleasant platform to build around. Not only is the Alpha RGB inexpensive and affordable allowing one to experience a controllable RGB lighting system on a budget, at the end of the day the Alpha RGB does many things right and little wrong. I had very little to complain about when building a system inside of the Raidmax Alpha RGB because there’s no glaringly bad flaws and it looks clean overall in every way. The negatives it does have are manageable and can be worked around.
The first negative is that the HDD cage should have been positioned at the front of the case to accommodate larger sized power supplies.
The second negative is there should have been at least two included case fans instead of the single rear case fan that is included. One case fan is not enough to cool modern day gaming systems.
Front case cooling is hampered because the front grille is effectively only for the RGB light show. The 3D hologram paper insert that sits behind the front grille restricts any significant air flow through the grille. Cool air can only come through a small area underneath the front panel and through a few small side ventilation holes on the front panel. Thankfully this negative can be worked around by utilizing the case fan mounts at the top of the case to push cool air down into the case instead. The top of the case supports three 120mm fans or two 140mm fans.
Other than these things, I can easily recommend the Raidmax Alpha RGB Mid-Tower PC case! Very nicely done Raidmax!