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Rosewill SPECTRA X ATX Mid Tower Case Review

Airflow, RGB and tempered glass in a budget class?


The Rosewill Spectra X with its tempered glass side panel, mesh front panel, 4 included RGB fans, and coming in at $119.99CAD seems like a great deal but is it worth your hard-earned?

 Like the popped collar on our jean jacket, the Rosewill SPECTRA X is fly! Unlike that popped collar, we won’t be the only ones to think so.

I recently put a build together in this case and found it easy to work in. It has a nice layout for cable management rubber grommets on the cutouts, plenty of room for the components, and room for upgrades. The basement was large enough for the power supply, which can be an issue when looking at similar cases from other manufacturers. Let’s take a look at the specifications from Rosewill.

Rosewill Spectra X Specifications


Weight17.20 lbs
Dimensions17.56 x 8.74 x 19.02 in
Case TypeMid Tower
Case MaterialSteel, Plastic, Tempered Glass
Motherboard CompatibilityATX, Micro ATX, Mini-ITX
With Power SupplyNo
Power Supply MountedBottom
Side Panel WindowYes
LED ColorRGB
Internal 3.5″ Drive Bays5 (1)
Internal 2.5″ Drive Bays3 (7)
Expansion Slots8
Front Ports2 x USB 3.0, HD Audio In & Out
Fan OptionsFront: 3 x 120mm or 2 x 140mm fan (3 x 120mm RGB LED fan pre-installed)Top: 2 x 120mm or 2 x 140mm fan (optional)Rear: 1 x 120mm RGB LED fan (pre-installed)
Radiator OptionsFront: Up to 360mmTop: Up to 280mm
Max GPU Length Allowance330 mm
Max CPU Cooler Height Allowance170 mm
Max PSU Length Allowance220 mm
FeaturesNOTICE: Please make sure your motherboard is equipped with on-board USB 3.0 socket before purchasingTop I/O Panel: 2 x USB 3.0, Audio Out, Mic In, LED Switch/Reset120 mm Fans:
– 3 x Front RGB LED (pre-installed)
– 2 x Top (optional)
– 1 x Rear RGB LED (pre-installed)140 mm Fans:
– 2 x Front (optional)
– 2 x Top (optional)Water Cooling Radiator:
– 360 mm in Front (optional)
– 280 mm on Top (optional)
– 120 mm in Rear (optional)Supports 330 mm long VGA CardSupports 170 mm high CPU CoolerSupports 220 mm max length PSUBottom Mounted PSU and HDD/SSD Shroud28 mm Panel for Organized Cables/Cords/WiresMesh Front PanelFull Size Tempered Glass Side Panel WindowTop and Bottom Dust Filters

Cooling


The Rosewill Spectra X does a great job of keeping all your components nice and cool. The cooling potential is thanks to its mesh front panel and 4 included fans. The included fans seem to push enough air and are quiet enough. I had this build running next to me for the better part of a day while testing and did not find myself wanting to move it further away because of noisy fans.

Rosewill Spectra X Cooling

Cleaning


Keeping your components dust-free should be easy as the Rosewill Spectra X has dust filters top and bottom and the mesh front panel comes off pretty easy for cleaning.

dust filters

Cable Management


Managing the cables for this build was pretty straight forward. I didn’t find myself wishing there was more room or a tie-down spot here. It cleaned up nicely, and the finished results looked great!

the rubber grommets in the main holes was nice to see, a lot of cases at this price point skip the rubber. I am not sure how much they save by doing that but it can’t be much.

Cable Management

Rosewill Spectra X Front I/O


The front I/O is pretty standard. There are two USB 3.0 ports, a Power button, mic, and audio ports, which is good if you prefer that. I prefer the combined port some companies are now using but not a big deal as most headsets that use these come with adapters. The reset button has been relabeled and re-purposed to be the led modes button.

Front I/O

Final Thoughts


The Rosewill Spectra X overall build quality is good, with plenty of boxes ticked that people now look for in an ATX mid-tower in 2019. Its got plenty of airflow, quiet fans with room for upgrades. I would have no issue recommending this tower to anyone looking to spend around $120.00CAD on a case. The market is dense at this price point giving us PC builders and lovers plenty of good options and this one is one of the great options.

Rosewill Spectra X Gallery


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Charles Leverehttps://www.riverbankwebdesign.ca/
Charles Levere is the editor-in-chief (dork-in-chief) of Urban Dork. When he is not writing, or tinkering with hardware, he is most likely playing one of his favorite video games. He also loves being near the water, kayaking, water skiing or anything that gets him on the water and in the sun.

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  1. Hi Charles, I recently bought this case. I was not able to figure out how to switch the default LED Fan color of purple. I really wanted to have that ability. Were you able to get it? Thanks.

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