Riotoro CR280 Mini-ITX Computer Chassis: Page 5 of 7
Posted by Damon Bailey on Monday, March 20, 2017 - 8:00am
A Closer Look - Interior
For an ITX case, the Riotoro CR280 has a rather spacious interior comprised of one large compartment. The power supply goes in the very bottom of the case with the motherboard and GPU in the traditional orientation just above.
Here is a good shot of the shallow scratches the inside of the window suffered from the loose hardware. The bright photo lights give very high contrast showing the scratches much better than your naked eye does. With the system assembled, they are not nearly as visible.
The top of the case supports two additional 120mm fans if you need your system in a wind tunnel. A mesh filter is also present, held in place by several push pins.
The push pins for the fan filter are tiny, and made of two pieces. The first piece goes through the case and filter, while the second slides down inside it and causes the underside to fan out to secure the filter. It secures the filter well, but requires high dexterity to maneuver such small pieces.
With the filter removed we can see how fine the mesh is.
Already mounted inside the case, we have two 120mm fans from Riotoro, rated 3.6 watts or 0.3 Amps at 12V/
The front panel is held in place by four metal spring clips, one in each corner.
Thankfully, the front panel is mounted only with metal, no fragile plastic clips to worry about.
Once the front panel is out of the way, you get access to the two fan filters. We also discovered here the Riotoro logo lets light through. It would be quite easy to light it up as a simple mod.
The filters simply slide to the left for removal for cleaning and fan mounting.
The rear of the case is pretty straight forward. The only thing back here to mention is the 3.5” drive mount, just behind the power supply. There are also several wire management locations where you can use the included zip-ties to secure extra cable. There are two on the rear of the motherboard tray towards the rear of the case, and 3 of them right in the middle. The front I/O wiring here is secured to the lowest of the 3 in the middle.
Speaking of the front I/O Wiring, the cables are pretty standard fare, Power and Reset Switches, power and disk activity LED’s, HD-Audio, and a single USB 3.0 header cable.
Towards of the front of the case are two 2.5” drive mounting locations. There are already vibration absorbing grommets in place to quiet down mechanical drives, but they work just as well with dual SSD’s as shown here.
The 3.5” drive mounting location has a box clamped in it with all of the hardware for the case. Out box was slightly open, which explains where the loose thumbscrew came from.
Once we take the box out, we can line a real drive up with the lower pins that slide into the screw holes for the rear and middle and pop the drive into place.
With the drive aligned, the top bracket slides down to engage the top two pins into the drives mounting holes, and the thumb screw is tightened to secure the drive.