It's been a number of years since we were thoroughly impressed by Rosewill. The Rosewill R5, made back in 2012, landed on our bench as one of the best cases we'd ever worked with. It was exactly in-tune with the market, and shipped at a time when things like dust filters were getting hugely popular and common. Since then, the Throne filled a gap at the high-end, but not much else has caught our eye.
Finally, Rosewill's started making moves in the right direction (following the Gungnir launch). The new “Cullinan” case keeps with the industry's move toward the tinted, tempered glass aesthetic; Rosewill's using a high-quality, thick tempered glass side panel on the left and right of the Cullinan, and also throws one onto the front. The front panel, as one would expect, reveals the 120mm fans seated within the front of the chassis. Three were installed at the show, but we're told to expect somewhere around 4-5 total fans (stock) with the system – that'd be one in the rear, one or two in the top, and two or three in the front (all 120mm).
The Cullinan is a $150 mid-tower enclosure with normal ATX form factor support, 3x 2.5” rear-mounted SSD sleds, 2x 3.5” lower-front HDDs, 360mm radiator support, and a PSU shroud. The case is mostly glass and steel, but has some plastic components on the front panel (containing the glass) for intake.
This is the most promising case Rosewill has produced in years. The name needs work – something as simple as “Tempered” would have been better – but the rest is worth keeping an eye on. Price is estimated at $150. Tempered glass runs the price up on these new cases, and is a large contributor to the $150 price-point. Rosewill has a long history of dipping its price within months of launch, so it may compete more readily as that cycle takes hold.
Editorial: Steve “Lelldorianx” Burke
Video: Keegan “HornetSting” Gallick