Rosewill B2 Spirit HPTX Full-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Rosewill is one of the most popular chassis manufacturers in the US, offering up an impressive product range that caters to every part of the market. Recently, Rosewill has moved their products across the Atlantic, giving the wider world a taste of their chassis, power supplies and more! With that in mind, we’re very happy to see their flagship product, the B2 Spirit, in the eTeknix office today.

“Rosewill’s flagship case, the B2 SPIRIT delivers an aesthetic touch with a stealthy appearance, although seeing can be deceiving… Underneath its silent strength is a formidable arsenal with serious expansion flexibility. Whether you are building a massive storage monster, a sophisticated cooling system, or a pure performance beast, the Rosewill B2 SPIRIT has got you covered – with style!” – Rosewill

The B2 Spirit, a name derived from the legendary B2 stealth bomber, is not to be taken lightly. Equipped with room for (up to) HPTX motherboard, a colossal amount of storage drives, extensive cooling, it’s an extremely capable chassis for the enthusiast and workstation market.

“Rosewill B2 SPIRIT is compatible with the largest HPTX mainboard. Two sets of HDD cages support up to 13 HDDs and/or SSDs. You can easily install multiple graphics cards (up to 15.75” long) into the chassis. With strong performance comes great cooling exigency. The B2 SPIRIT supports up to seven 140 mm fans. But if that’s not enough, two 280 mm liquid-cooling radiators can be installed on the top and front.” – Rosewill

The only downside of being able to support such a large motherboard and so much more hardware is the size and weight. The B2 spirit is a thundering 39.24 lb (approx 18kg) and has some rather colossal external dimensions too.

The chassis is huge, no doubt about that part, with a massive matte black side panel and a sizable window that’s perfectly placed to show off the PSU, GPU and CPU cooler hardware.

Down the right-hand side, another large matte black panel, and just like the left, it’s held in place by a pair of thumbscrews at the rear of the chassis.

The front panel is coated in a stealthy soft-touch rubber, giving it a hard-wearing matte finish. There are four 5.25″ drive bays at the top, and they should give you some impression of the overall size of the chassis.

Each bay comes with a clip-in cover to held keep the design nice and uniform.

The bottom half of the front panel has a magnetic door, opening it up shows a good thick panel that should block a lot of system noise, as well as two smaller doors for the front panel cooling.

Each “door” opens out allow you to slide out their individual dust filters for quick and easy maintenance.

While the fans mouse to the same door using quick release clips, meaning you can remove the entire fan housing and clean that easily too! This is very handy, I like this feature a lot as I live in a dust area, so have to clean my fans and filters often.

Around the back, you’ll see again just how tall this chassis is. At the top, you’ll find four rubber grommets for cable/water routing, a 140mm exhaust fan, 10 ventilated expansion slots and the PSU cut-out.

The top panel keeps the same matte rubber finish of the front panel, giving it a nice and uniform appearance. But what’s this? The top panel is closed up and theses a little slider on the side?

That’s right, the B2 Spirit has a deployable roof for the top panel cooling. If you need to fire up your top fans for extra cooling performance, pop the roof open and get extra cooling, if you’re wanting silence, stop the fans and close the top back up again! This is another cool feature, not something we haven’t seen before, but still a welcome addition.

The front panel has a nice and large power button with the reset button to the right of it. The main I/O panel is hidden under a slide-away cover to keep it free from dust and debris.

Behind the cover, you’ll find four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports and HD audio jacks, so you’ll certainly not be left wanting for connectivity here.

The base of the chassis has four large feet with hard-wearing rubber grips on the bottom. There’s also a 3/4 length dust filter to cater to any bottom ventilation, especially so for the power supply.

Lian Li DK01X and DK02X Desk Chassis Now Available

While I’m sure many of you are familiar with the desk chassis designs from Red Harbinger, they’re not the only ones out there who can create an impressive PC-in-desk style chassis product and if anyone can do it better, it’s Lian Li. Today sees the release of now one, but two new desk chassis products as Lian Li unleash their single system ready DK-01X and the dual system ready DK-02X. Both of the chassis are crafted from aluminium, although we wouldn’t have expected any other choice of material from the legendary Lian Li, topped off with a huge slab of tempered glass.

The DK-01X and DK-02X front panel features a locking door which can slide out, allowing you easy access to the internal components of your system, which should make installations, upgrades and maintenance a lot easier. The front panel also forms an adjustable and removable keyboard tray, their is even a side mounted pocket with headphone rack to help you store your mouse and other peripherals.

The DK-01X will handle up to an HPTX motherboard, with the DK-02X will handle both HPTX and a mini-ITX simultaneously. Both are air and water cooling compatible, with room in either chassis for 360mm radiators on the side, while the DK01 has room for another 360mm radiator in the front and the DK02 has room for two more 240mm mounts.

The DK01 features 10 removable hard drive bays, and the DK012 will house 8 hard drive bays for the smaller system and another 9 HDD bays for the larger system, but all the storage is flexible, removable and you can configure until you have something you’re happy with.

Comfort for Your Viewing Pleasure

Both desk chassis have a height of 805mm (31.7″), but can be raised to 835mm (32.9″) to provide more leg room. On the back, up to 3 monitor mounts can be installed for multiple display setups.

Hardware Compatibility

CPU coolers up to 180mm (7″) in height and power supplies up to 280mm (11″) in length are supported. VGA cards up to 410mm (16.5″) inside the DK-01X and DK-02X.

Connectivity

For both the DK-01X and the DK-02X, the I/O panel is located at the front side of the sliding drawer. The DK-01X front I/O includes four USB 3.0 ports and HD audio connections, while the DK-02X sports two sets of these same connections for both systems. Also, located on the front sliding drawer of the DK-01X and DK-02X is a slim optical drive bay, which can house an SSD.

Price and Availability

The DK-01X and DK-02X will be available in the US at the end of July for the suggested retail prices of $989 and $1189 respectively.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of TechPowerUp.

DK01 Desk Chassis Revealed By Lian Li

Lian Li has revealed the DK01, which is a prototype chassis that also works as your desk. The DK01 measures 800mm x 795mm x 60mm (W x H x D), it has room for motherboards as large at HPTX and there’s space for graphics cards of up to 410mm long, CPU coolers with max height of 180mm, up to seven 120mm fans, and two 240/360mm radiators.

The DK01 features room for a gargantuan HPTX motherboard, which means it can also hold EATX, XL-ATX, and standard ATX motherboards. The case has room for up to fourteen (14) 3.5-inch drives, which are arranged in detachable bays. Removing half the bays creates room for large motherboards, and long (up to 410 mm) add-on cards. With the caddies in place, that room shrinks to a still respectable 280 mm.

The case supports PSUs as long as 280 mm, and CPU coolers as tall as 180 mm. At various locations, there is room for up to seven 120 mm fans, which you can use to deploy a 240 x 120 mm and 360 x 120 mm radiators. Via TPU.

Thank you Guru3D for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of Guru3D

Nanoxia Preview Deep Silence 4, 5 And 6

Silent case manufacturer Nanoxia have just previewed three of their new cases named the Deep Silence 4 (pictured above), Deep Silence 5 and Deep Silent 6 according to TechPowerUp. These three new cases use Nanoxia’s own 120/140mm Deep Silence fans and noise dampening material. The Deep Silence 4 is aimed at micro-ATX and mini-ITX systems, the Deep Silence 5 is a full tower case capable of everything beneath HPTX and the Deep Silence 6 is the case designed to support just about anything, including a HPTX motherboard and 360mm top mounted radiator. All the cases have integrated two channel fan controllers, extensive bitumen sound-proofing material and are available in white, black or black with a grey front panel.

Nanoxia Deep Silence 4 specifications:

  • Case Type: Mini Tower
  • Form Factor: Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
  • 5.25 inch external drive bay: 2 x
  • 3.5 inch external drive bay: 1 x (optional)
  • 2.5/3.5 inch internal drive bay: 6 x 2.5/3.5″ + 1 x 2.5″
  • Case Fan (Front): 1 x 120 mm (1,300 rpm)
  • Case Fan (Rear): 1 x 120 mm (1,300 rpm)
  • Case Fan (Top): optional 1 x 120/140 mm
  • Height (Approx): 380 mm
  • Width (Approx): 200 mm
  • Depth (Approx): 480 mm
  • Material: steel, plastic
  • Weight (Approx): 7.8 kg
  • Maximum CPU cooler height: 160 mm
  • Maximum VGA Card Length: 265 (395) mm

Nanoxia Deep Silence 5 specifications:

  • Case Type: Big Tower
  • Form Factor: E-ATX, XL-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
  • 5.25 inch external drive bay: 4 x
  • 3.5 inch external drive bay: 1 x (optional)
  • 2.5/3.5 inch internal drive bay: 11 x
  • Case Fan (Front): 2 x 140 mm (1,100 rpm)
  • Case Fan (Rear): 1 x 140 mm (1,100 rpm)
  • Case Fan (Top): optional 2 x 120/140 mm
  • Case Fan (Bottom): optional 1 x 120/140 mm
  • Height (Approx): 550 mm
  • Width (Approx): 232 mm
  • Depth (Approx): 550 mm
  • Material: steel, plastic
  • Weight (Approx): 16.2 kg
  • Maximum CPU cooler height: 185 mm
  • Maximum VGA Card Length: 338 (468) mm

Nanoxia Deep Silence 6 specifications:

  • Case Type: Big Tower
  • Form Factor: HPTX, E-ATX, XL-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
  • 5.25 inch external drive bay: 4 x
  • 3.5 inch external drive bay: 2 x (optional)
  • 2.5/3.5 inch internal drive bay: 13 x
  • Case Fan (Front): 2 x 140 mm (1,100 rpm)
  • Case Fan (Rear): 1 x 140 mm (1,100 rpm)
  • Case Fan (Top): max. 3 x 120/140 mm, 2 x 140 mm included (1,400 rpm)
  • Case Fan (Bottom): optional 2 x 120 / 1 x 140 mm
  • Height (Approx): 644 mm
  • Width (Approx): 250 mm
  • Depth (Approx): 655 mm
  • Material: steel, plastic
  • Weight (Approx): 20,8 kg
  • Maximum CPU cooler height: 200 mm
  • Maximum VGA Card Length: 400 (370) m