Rosewill Armor EVO Review

Author: Dimitry
Date: October 13, 2013
Product Name: Rosewill Armor EVO
Part Number: ARMOR-EVO
Warranty: 1 Year
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Rosewill’s Armor EVO is a rare case; while it utilizes the massive E-ATX form factor and incorporates a ton of interior space, the EVO actually costs less than most budget-conscious mid towers. Like many of their other enclosures, Rosewill is aiming to incorporate their usual blend of value and features while making large form factor cases accessible to a wider customer base. Will it work? That remains to be seen since we’ve seen both success and failure from this approach. Nonetheless, the EVO should appeal to gamers who don’t want to spend over $150 for an E-ATX enclosure.

With a price of about $100, no one can accuse Rosewill of asking too much for the Armor EVO but some may also assume that such a low price means lower levels of build quality. That isn’t necessarily the situation here since quite a bit of effort has been put into retaining an optimal selection of high level materials without upping the cost or sacrificing in other areas. That’s a tall order but, believe it or not, Rosewill has succeeded in doing just that.

The Armor EVO’s exterior look may be relatively plain and unassuming but Rosewill has given it a completely unique stance. With the height of a mid-tower but a length that is more suitable to much larger enclosures, the compact EVO is actually well suited to today’s computing environments.

From a visual perspective there really isn’t anything interesting going on here but the front meshed panel with its optical drive bays, red LED fans and accessible front panel connectors, the EVO has an industrial looking design but it works quite well.

Speaking of fans, the Armor EVO includes two 120m front fans with a full-sized dust filter, a 200mm side fan, two top 120mm fans and one at the back. We figure that in total this case includes a good $30 worth of fans which makes its price all that much more appealing. To Rosewill’s credit they’ve also added rubber mounts in every fan location which will reduce vibrations. Needless to say, there are a ton of air cooling options here.

The Armor EVO’s interior is simply massive with plenty of room to maneuver and cable grommets strategically spaced to ensure adequate routing options. There’s also a handily placed fan bracket which can accelerate intake airflow while still giving over 13” of graphics card clearance. It can also be used to mount a 240mm radiator.

While the Armor EVO is quite well priced, that doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t any competition in the $100 to $130 E-ATX market. For example, the Fractal Design XL R2 and NZXT 530 both hit similar price points while incorporating their own interesting feature sets and unique designs. So how does the EVO fare in the face of this heady competition? Check out our video review above to find out.

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