The Raidmax brand is an old-timer of the computer market and is well known to the «old school» enthusiasts due to the very exotic design of their PC chassis. The peak of popularity of this brand came in the 2000s, but closer to 2010 in our open spaces, it went into the shadow of more famous brands. Nevertheless, as of today, Raidmax is still alive and continues to release good case models in the middle and budget price segment. We will talk about one of these modern models called Delta in this review.
|Type of shell||Midi-Tower|
|Dimensions, mm||475 (H) x 210 (W) x 477 (D)|
|Material||ABS plastic, Steel, Acrylic|
|Form factor||ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX|
|Devices 3.5″ external||–|
|Devices 3.5″ / 2.5″ internal||2 / 2, (2.5″ discs fit in 3.5″ baskets)|
|Supported number of expansion slots||7|
|Fans||front — 3 x 120 mm / 2 x 140 mm (optional)
upper — 3 x 120 mm / 2 x 140 mm (optional)
rear — 1 x 120 mm (installed)
|Interface connectors||2 x USB 3.0, mic in and headphone out|
|Other||Acrylic side window, magnetic dust filter on top, removable dust filters in front and under the power supply.|
|Recommended cost, $||55|
Packing and scope of delivery
On the front of the case packaging there is only the brand logo and the product name in the form of an inscription and a stylized triangle. However, from the rear, the details of the structure of the chassis, shown in a schematic form, are already appearing. Extremely short specifications of the case are duplicated on both sides of the box. There are no carrying handles. Internal protection against damage during transportation is made in the form of small polyurethane dampers glued to cardboard inserts instead of the usual foam. Traditional plastic bag and adhesive films on both sides of the clear acrylic window are included. By the way, in order to completely remove the films, it may be necessary to partially loosen the window fasteners.
The set of parts looks scarce, but is sufficient to install the system. It includes:
- case assembly instructions;
- four reusable Velcro straps;
- one motherboard rack (the rest are screwed into the pallet);
- 17 small screws for the motherboard and drives;
- four screws for the power supply;
- diagnostic speaker.
Appearance Raidmax Delta is a strict and even black parallelepiped, the only decoration of which is a colored front panel, consisting of several «chopped» faces. In our case, it has a light blue color, although there is also an orange and black variant on sale. To the credit of the chassis, it should be noted that the plastic in it is used to a minimum and most of it went to the front panel support frame. The painted part of the front is made of thin glossy metal worn over plastic. The company logo is located at the top center, but there is ventilation only from the bottom.
Yes, yes, the only place through which the outboard air enters the chassis is a small trapezoidal grid with small honeycombs at the bottom of the front panel with an even smaller hole in the middle. This moment led me to assume that the results of the thermal test will not be the best. However, we will look at them later.
All external ports and buttons are located at the top of the front panel. There are keys to start and reboot the system, an indicator of drive activity (red) and system power (blue), two 3.5 mm audio jacks and two USB 3.0 ports.
The vast majority of the area of the left side door is occupied by a tinted acrylic window. This panel completely goes to the edges of the upper and lower parts of the case, covering them with itself. It slides backwards, has a handle for easy dismantling and is held on by two plastic knurled screws.
On the reverse side of the panel there are massive stiffening ribs that do not allow it to bend freely across. Therefore, you don’t have to worry too much about the integrity of an acrylic window fixed on metal petals.
The right door is solid. It also has a handle, slides back and is held in place with two plastic thumb screws.
On the reverse side there are the same stiffening ribs as on the left panel, and due to the absence of a window, this door is even more resistant to bending. Although the metal used here does not differ in particular thickness.
The entire top panel is a solid ventilation grill, covered with a magnetic metal dust filter, necessary to prevent dust from settling inside the chassis when its fans are turned off or not at all.
Behind the filter is a ventilation grill with large honeycombs. Seats for three 120mm or two 140mm fans are centered and this should be taken into account when installing CBO heatsinks, which, when assembled with propellers, can interfere with motherboard elements.
The back panel is standard. At the top there is a ventilation grill with a 120mm fan pre-installed on the hood. There are seven expansion slots, the bottom six of them are closed with disposable plugs, the first slot is with a reusable plug. The decorative bar covering the technological hole for mounting expansion cards on the right is held on by two screws with a plastic knurled head. The mounting holes for the power supply allow you to orient it in only one direction — with the propeller down.
On the base of the case, in its rear part, there is a removable metal mesh that acts as a dust filter for the power supply. To dismantle it, the case will have to be tilted or lifted, which is not very convenient. There are two sets of four screw holes on the front. Through them, you can fix one 3.5″ hard drive inside or rearrange the basket for drives. The hole in the front panel serves to simplify its dismantling and, in combination, plays the role of ventilation.
The legs are the simplest, plastic, without rubber blotches. Their height is 15 mm.
Let’s look at the interior of the chassis.