Rosewill Micro-ATX Slim Case

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Fills the bill for building a PC for basic computing – Joe

SUMMARY: Fills the bill for building a PC for basic computing.

Case

The good guys at Rosewill were nice enough to send a sample of their Micro-ATX Slim Case (R379-SM) to review. This is a modest footprint case for Micro-ATX motherboards.

Key Features

  • Material: 0.8mm SGCC Steel
  • Dimensions: 3.9″ x 12.75″ x 15.75″ long
  • Drive Bays: 1 5.25″ External, 1 3.5″ External, 1 3.5″ Internal
  • Motherboard: Micro-ATX, Flex ATX
  • Expansion Slots: 4 Low-Profile Expansion Slots
  • Front Access Ports: 2 USB 2.0 Ports, Audio Out & MIC In
  • System Cooling: 1 80 mm Top Fan
  • Warranty: 1 year

The case is vented quite nicely with a top “blow-hole” fan and side vents:

Case

The front has firewire, 2 USB, mic and speaker jacks:

Case Ports


The top door is sprng loaded – a slight push and it opens to reveal a 3.5″ slot (the CD slot is below that):

Case Door

The top fan is a low energy 80 mm fan:

Top Fan

The back show the PS, PCI slots, motherboard plate and rear vent holes:

Case Back

The side panel is held in place with one screw – open the panel and you see this:

Case Open 2

The drive cage on the right side slides completely out of the case – it’s held in by slots in the case and the side panel anchors it in place:

Cage Canted

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With the drive cage out of the case, access is greatly improved:

Case Open 1

The drive cage features mounting slots for the drives:

Cage Out


This cable’s position is critical to mounting the drive cage so that it fully seats – if it’s out of place, the drive cage will not fully seat (this based on 5 very frustrating minutes to find out):

Front Cables

With the cage removed, the front’s back is full accessible:

Inside Front

There are four low profile PCI slots:

PCI Slots

The PS sits at the top of the case and serves as a second exhaust fan:

PS In Case

The PS shipped with the case is a 300 watt unit:

PS

Cables are minimal – after all this is a micro-ATX case – don’t expect to pack this full of extra goodies:

PS Cables

CONCLUSIONS

This case fills the bill for building a PC for basic computing – it has a fairly compact footprint and can be used on the floor or on the desk (although there are no rubber pads for on the desk use). Access is excellent with a slide-out drive cage and cooling is enhanced by generous venting. Overall, a nice package for a no-frills box.


This case can only be purchased at NewEgg for $39.99 HERE. Read about Rosewill HERE.

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Discussion
  1. It's a cool looking case but I agree the limitations of low profile cards and the specialized power supply size are a turn off for me. I actually like the looks of the Minuet better, it has more of a "xbox 360" look to it.