Rosewill Blackhawk-Ultra Super Tower Computer Case ReviewThu, Mar 08, 2012 - 12:00 AM
Building our System inside the Rosewill Blackhawk-Ultra
If the sheer dimensions of the massive Rosewill Blackhawk Ultra were not clear, the below images should give you a good idea of just how big this case is.
The inside of the Blackhawk Ultra is so massive that it felt like we were installing a system on an open test bench. Look how small it makes our standard ATX motherboard look with several inches before we get near the HDD cage. The only complaint is that they used a USB 3.0 cable for the top I/O ports and there is no converter if your motherboard does not come with the 20 pin USB 3.0 header so the cable just has to lay there. It is too bad when we have seen other cases with USB 2.0 plugs or converters included. Further, if you are not interested in the top HDD dock, you have a lose SATA and Molex power run flopping around. Finally our single SSD and HDD look almost comical with the 8 empty bays.
Flipping around behind the motherboard tray it is no surprise that we have tons of space for cable runs and we want to make sure we mention that these grommets are not the flimsy fall out kind, they are the robust stay in place kind. Of course with a case as enormous as the Blackhawk Ultra we were grateful for the included 8-pin ATX extender and the port specifically positioned for this power run.
With 25mm (.98 inches) of space behind the motherboard tray there should be more than enough to tuck all your cables back here.
For those of you interested in water cooling this beast there is 75mm between the top mounted fans and the edge of the motherboard or 100mm to the metal top panel. There are mounting holes for 3x 120mm or 3x 140mm fans if you remove the two included 230mm fans. If you install a 360mm or 420mm radiator be aware that running cables to the back of your optical drive might be difficult if you use the top one or two bays. Unless the radiators have large chambers at the end they should not intrude into the 5.25″ bay area but your mileage may vary.