by Rob Williams on October 5, 2005 in Cases & PSUs, Cooling
Titan likes to be unique, and it’s very apparent in their product line-up. We are going to take a look at their Robela case, that’s far from being ordinary. Packed inside is a full fledged water cooling set-up, but also includes many of the features you look for in a regular case.
One side of the case is the radiator, built-in to the door. Because of radiator being here, the door is pretty heavy which is why they put a couple handles to make opening and lifting off much easier. On top of the radiator is where you can pour in water/anti-freeze.
The front of the case is clean and professional looking. The ABS Plastic is clean and mirror like, as you can see in the picture. This is where I ran into my first problem with this case, and it’s an odd one. When the case is received, it’s well covered with plastic, as you can see in the picture of the radiator. The front panel also had this plastic, but once it was taken off, it left a residue. Soap and water did not take this off, but I was recommended by a friend to try another method. I will try that one when I pick up the solution he recommended and then edit the review here if it worked or not.
On the front panel also, are 18 ventilation holes, that allow hot air to be blown out. There is an LED screen which will display info, such as fan speed and even noise. The screen is backlit in bright blue and is very clear to read. It’s a nice touch and fits the scheme of the case quite well.
Opening up the door, we can see that we have (5) 5 1/4″ drive bays available, as well as (2) 3 1/2″, for fan controllers, floppy drives and etcetera. Also here is the Power on and Reset button. This is somewhat inconvenient, since you must open the door to turn on your computer. If you are like me… where the computer is never off, it’s not such a problem. Another large round ventilation hole is here as well.
We can now open up a secondary door, which allows the installation of some components. You can install your CD-Rom firstly, and Floppy drive if you have one. Here also is a filter down bottom, so that dust will not fill the air. This secondary door can be locked, to keep it securely shut. They have included two keys for this purpose.
Now we come to the top of the case, which has a mini door that pops up and unveils some peripheral spots. Available are two USB 2.0, Firewire and an Audio/Mic ports. This is a great spot to have the ports and doesn’t get in the way of anything else. You may notice there are holes right above the ports in the picture. This is of course here so you can mount a fan inside the case, which you could have either sucking in cool air, or blowing warm air out.