RIOTORO Prism CR1280 Full-Tower Chassis Review

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Introduction to the RIOTORO Prism CR1280 Full-Tower Chassis

What do you get when you combine a few former Corsair and Nvidia employees? A new company called RIOTORO. RIOTORO is a few-month-old California based company that’s dedicated to building innovative PC components with leading-edge features and performance. Currently they produce PC cases, keyboards, and mice, though one does wonder if that’s where they’ll draw the line – doubtful. Initially their products were available to Latin America, but they’re now broadening their offerings to the US market and are launching the Prism CR1280 Full-Tower chassis with integrated RGB lighting.

The Prism CR1280 is the world’s first RGB-lit chassis, which I bet we can expect to see other manufacturers follow suit. Comprised of mostly steel, some plastic, and some aluminum, the CR1280 also has a full-sized semi-tinted acrylic window to show off your hardware inside. While you don’t have a giant [unnecessary] 16.8 million palette of colors to choose from, the 256 that you do should be more than enough. So what exactly lights up on this case? Going from top to bottom: The I/O panel features a rectangular ring that lights up, two 120mm intake fans, and also a RIOTORO logo on the bottom of the face. Adjusting the lighting is as simple as pressing a dedicated button within the I/O panel, which will also allow you to adjust the rotational speed of the lighting.

RIOTORO Prism CR1280 - Complete

Also featuring direct airflow technology (DAT), this case will provide better cooling performance by directing air where it is most needed. Also found in the I/O panel is a fan controller to allow you to decide on the level of performance that you’d like to achieve.

RIOTORO CR1280 - Air Flow Tech

You can find RIOTORO’s Prism CR1280 on Amazon with an MSRP of $139.99 beginning today and features a 2-year warranty.

Prism CR1280 Technical Specifications:

478.1 x 250.72 x 577.50 mm (w/foot)
Material Steel, Aluminum, and Plastic
Color Black
Drive Bays 4 x 3.5” internal screwless
4 x 2.5” internal screwless
Cooling 2x 120 or 2x 140 fan mounts in front (2x 120mm included)
3 x 120 or 2x 1400 fan mount on top
1 x 140 mm or 1x120mm rear exhaust (1x 120mm included)
Expansion Slots 8 Slots
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
Front I/O Power button, reset button, HDD light, 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0,
headphone and mic. Slow speed, high speed, and RGB LED switch
Motherboard Compatibility Mini ITX, Micro ATX, ATX, eATX
ATX PSU Max Length Up to 220mm
Max GPU Length Over 400mm
Max CPU Cooler Height 180mm


Let’s move on and see what the outside is all about, and follow that up with checking out the interior, and finally build a test system inside, seeing how easy or difficult it is.

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  • Yes Indeed

    these guys don’t have the benefit of being new and getting a pass. the market is tight with competition and with social media and youtube you can’t really hide the poor quality and design of their cases compared to the rest of the competition. they need to step it up big time.

  • Stoic Stoic

    I would like to point out how this is their first case, which does have a refreshing design and some very good points on functionality. And quite frankly they have addressed quite a few issues I have found with other cases, things like lack of dust filters, poor cable management and low build quality. So I would give riotoro credit for that. As well they do have higher quality than mid range case manufacturers like thermaltake and are definitely more ambitious than many brands I have come across, those that had good designs and ideas but not the drive to expand. With a final note I will say that even though they may have some issues like the missing screws, loud fans and misaligned cutout, these will vanish with time in the market, and I have a feeling riotoro has nowhere to go but up.

  • Anthony Schroeder

    That’s pitiful. I don’t mean to sound awful, but it seems evident why these are former employees…

  • Jerry Lafferty

    Cut out is a deal breaker for sure