Introduction When it comes to computer casings 3R System probably won’t be the 1st company that would come into your mind, but we hope that’ll change after this review. There are many case manufactures out there in the market; however the ones you remember are those who manufacture really innovative ones. And we’d like to believe 3R System falls into this category.Today we bring to you one of 3R System’s new additions to their product line-up; the “R110 – The One” mid tower casing. We found this casing to be quite innovative and well suited for today’s overclockers demands, but before we go onto the details time to look at the specs for the case.
The R110 was shipped to us in a standard brown cardboard protecting with good protection inside to keep the case from any damage during transport.
Taking the case out of the packaging reveals the stylish design of the R110. Its got a very sleek design painted with a black mat finish. The R110 also comes in a silver flavor as seen below, so depending on what you fancy you got a choice.
The front of the casing boasts four 5.25” drive bays with the top 2 bays designed for optical drives only. They consist of front covers which hide the optical drives from view and show them only when the drive tray is open.
The R110 also consists of a 3.5” floppy drive bay too, so if you’re one of those rare people still using a floppy drive you can still use it. Certain add-on devices like USB card readers, fan controllers come in the size of a floppy drive, so you could use this space for something of that sort too.Next comes an interesting device on this casing; as you all would have noticed by now, the front LCD panel.
The LCD panel not only boosts the look of the R110 but it also serves a true purpose. It monitors the system temperature, has 2 fan controllers with 6 levels of control which also has an auto mode where by the fan speed is controlled by the system temperature. It also shows the system running time, hard drive activity and a mascot (a little dog) catching a Frisbee.The top left buttons is to mode and the bottom for resetting the settings. The two buttons on the right are for up and down controls.Below the LCD panel contains the power button with a bluish outer glow ring. The reset button is placed in the right side of the casing in case you're wondering there is no reset button on the case.
On the left side opposite to the reset switch you find two USB ports, MIC and AUDIO jack for convenient access to these ports from the front.
The front air intake is stylishly hidden away as per the picture below. It can draw air from both top and bottom intakes. The front air intake fan is a 140mm cooling fan drawing ample air flow to the casing. Dust covers on the inside of the casing stops dust particles getting in through the intakes.
The front plastic panel comes off quite easily for installing optical devices and for initial setup. All the circuitry is exposed once you open the front panel, but make sure you do not damage anything in the process. The front dust cover is also exposed here, so in the future if and when you need to clean it, simply removing the front panel you’ll have easy access to it.
Now going to the rear of the casing you’re offered with 7 expansion slots, 1 x 120mm exhaust fan and a standard space for an ATX PSU.
One of the most unique features of the R110 is it’s 3.5” internal hard drive bays. Pretty much the whole 3.5” internal drive bay for the hard drives is an aluminum heat sink. There are two heatsinks on either side of the hard drive mounting points and on each mounting point there are thermal pads to ensure good contact for heat dissipation and minimize vibration.
To install the hard drive you need to remove the heatsink pad on the left and using the screws provided you install the drive while it’s laid flat on a surface. One thing 3R System’s should ensure is to provide their instructions manual in English as well, even though the diagrams in it do make sense and you really don’t need any manual to install the case.
This setup is an excellent for people having RAID setups or multiple hard drives since you don’t need to worry about putting in extra heat sinks to keep the drives cool. Mind you, hard drives do create a lot of heat and add significantly to the overall temperature of the case. And the 140mm cooling fan being located right in front of the 3.5” drive bays adds more punch to the cooling power.
One of the drawbacks of this case is you cannot remove the motherboard tray to install your motherboard. It would have been very convenient if this was possible, a feature offered by some of the higher end manufactures like Lian-Li. Nevertheless the case supports both ATX and micro ATX motherboards.Another thing to be concerned is if you plan to use all the hard drive bays as it’ll become a problem when trying to install a high end graphics card. Remember that this is a Mid Tower casing, so if you’re planning on a water cooled setup you will not be able to do that as the case will not have any room for it.