Performance in a budget case can be very subjective. It really depends on your end goal. You have to figure out if you’re looking for style, noise performance, cooling, and just plain room for all of your components. At this price point you generally can’t get all of the above, frankly you’re lucky if you get any at all lol. With the Raptor you can tell that they have taken a low budget case and packed it with features found on more expensive designs. Installing a PC into the case is going to go smoothly but because the Raptor is based on a low budget case you’re not going to have the room for wire management that you would see in cases closely priced to it. Once everything is installed you have features like the built in card reader and built in USB 3.0 with an internal connector that will more than make up for the installation.

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Cooling and noise performance for the Raptor was considerably better than the last budget case we took a look at. The reason for that is simply one extra fan to push the air. The Blue fan and LED fans included with the case are surprisingly quiet for a case in this price range. Generally you are lucky to have fans at all let alone good quality fans. Because of this the noise levels are kept down. This is good because the thin gauge metal that makes the Raptor so lite weight isn’t going to do the best job keeping the noise in the case. A loud fan would be extremely noticeable.

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Posted: 27 Jan 2012 08:20 by garfi3ld #22365
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how did you guys get a cutout of me?
Posted: 27 Jan 2012 07:54 by Wingless92 #22364
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Lersar wrote:
Done, but you can't make them in the shape of mudflap girls. This will have to go in the same room as my soon-to-be wife. ;)

How about

Posted: 27 Jan 2012 07:18 by garfi3ld #22360
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BTW take a good look at the space between the motherboard tray and the side panel. There just isn't any space for wiring, holes wouldn't be useful. Size wise its just to small to fit in wire management of that style. Its noticeably smaller than the "normal" mid tower for most people.
Posted: 27 Jan 2012 07:15 by Lersar #22357
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Done, but you can't make them in the shape of mudflap girls. This will have to go in the same room as my soon-to-be wife. ;)
Posted: 27 Jan 2012 03:40 by Wingless92 #22350
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Sure, make it your wedding gift?
Posted: 26 Jan 2012 22:49 by Lersar #22339
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doesn't cost extra to cut holes in the motherboard tray.
I've got a few mods going right now that need some holes cut, want to come over and do it for free for me?
Posted: 26 Jan 2012 22:32 by Wingless92 #22338
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How about, no wire management. While it is a cheap case, it doesn't cost extra to cut holes in the motherboard tray. It would have been nice to see this included.

Loving the installed card readers along with the USB3 header. Not sure about the blue but it does stick with the MSI theme.

No fan filters either but again, cheap price, not gonna get many options. Atleast you can buy filters if you ever wanted to go down that road later. Then again, my case didn't come with filters and that was way more than this, lol.

Seems like a stout entry level case. Good to see MSI doing something different.
Posted: 26 Jan 2012 19:59 by garfi3ld #22336
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A case from MSI? Take a look!

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