Rosewill Viper Z Mid-Tower ATX Case Review

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Rosewill Viper Z Mid-Tower ATX Case Build

Motherboard: MSI H97 PC Mate
Processor G3258
CPU Cooler Thermaltake Frio Silent 14
System Components 1x 2.5″ OCZ Vertex 480A 240GB, 2x 500GB 3.5″ Seagate, 1x Plextor DVD-RW
Power Supply Corsair RM650

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Installation into the Rosewill Viper Z was very simple.  I started by installing a Corsair RM650 power supply unit, which screws into the rear of the case.  Installation of the PSU went smoothly and it was actually satisfying strapping it into the case.

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This is the strap that holds the power supply into the case.  I don’t think this strap will come in handy, except in extremely rare circumstances, but it’s not in the way or causing any inconvenience.  Strapping the PSU down within the case is actually a refreshing experience, as you know your PSU is extra secure.

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Thanks to Rosewill installing the standoffs for the motherboard, I didn’t have to do anything to prep the system for the motherboard besides install the IO shield, which snapped into place without issue.  There was plenty of clearance for the Thermaltake Frio 14 heatsink to be installed.  Taller units like the Noctua NH-D15 shouldn’t have any issues installing in the Viper Z.

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Thanks to the well thought out cable cutouts and routing paths, I was able to route the USB and audio headers to the board in a very clean manner.  Front panel headers were also very cleanly labeled and laid out, with a nice slit beneath the board present to optimize cable management of these headers.

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The rear of the case cleans up pretty well, despite there only being a couple of zip ties included to aid with cable management.  I had no problem closing the side panel.  Thanks to the ample cable ties and rubber grommets for cable management, the Viper Z was an absolute pleasure to work with and building the system was a very simple affair.

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Here, we can see an unfortunate situation presented by the Viper Z.  The side panel closes very close to where cables insert into SSD drives and the side panel can push against the power and SATA cable, possibly.  This is an oversight and something end users will need to be aware of in order to avoid possible damage to their drive.  We didn’t note any issues with our configuration, but users without flat cables should definitely be weary.

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Besides our issue with the way SSD’s sit too far back in the caddies, I didn’t have any problems with building into the Rosewill Viper Z.  The cable management in the case is well thought out and there is adequate cable tie down points on the rear motherboard tray.  The Viper Z would be a great case for a first time builder, as it offers a straightforward, spacious internal design with minimal frills, along with solid build quality.  I was able to build the test system into the Viper Z and do adequate cable management within an hours span.

 

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  • nice article

  • A very nice looking case for a decent gaming PC

  • Nice review. Appreciate your hard work in arranging all the stuffs

  • Nice case and good review. But maybe you should have put more images of that case.

  • Billy Dark0

    Great review! Thank you for taking the time to look at it so thoroughly and provide pictures.
    I do have one question about this case. I did read that a 240mm radiator was supported. Would you say that just about any 240mm AIO liquid cpu cooler would fit? With it being a mid-tower, and judging by the pictures, it seems it would be a tight fit on top.
    More specifically, the Corsair H100i GTX (240mm) as the AIO cooler.
    Thanks again! Great read.

    • Sean Kumar Sinha

      The H100I GTX will fit just fine but you need to run the fans on top. It won’t fit with the H100I GTX and fans installed within the case, the fans will have to sit in pull mode above the radiator in the dedicated fan chamber, while the H100I GTX sits in the main case (See my MasterCase 5 review for an example of this). This actually works quite well, as the fans are able to draw out warm air and it minimizes dust build up.

      • Billy Dark0

        I checked your other review out and I see what you’re saying. Thank you very much for your help!

        • Sean Kumar Sinha

          The way the case is setup makes radiator installation easier because the fans can sit in their location and then you only have to line up the radiator, rather than hold the radiator and fans in place while screwing them in. Let me know if you end up getting a Viper Z. It’s a great value for the money and I was pleasantly surprised at how good it is.