Two standard case screws on the back hold each side panel in place. Once they're removed, the panels slide backwards slightly and then lift out.
Once the left panel is removed, we can see the spacious interior of the Conqueror and a plethora of cables dangling from the port cluster. There are no cross braces to get in the way here, which should help make system installation a snap. Everything in the Conqueror is made of steel, and unfortunately, a few sharp edges lurk in its dark, remote recesses.
Moving along, we can take off the right-side panel to gain access to the back of the (non-removable) motherboard plate. Here we find a few nods toward cable management, but also some missed opportunities for even more.
Granted, if super-tidy cabling is your thing, it wouldn't really be all that hard to put a few more holes in the appropriate places in the motherboard tray. At least Rosewill included large ones at the top and bottom, where one would be likely to route the exterior port cabling.
We weren't really expecting to see anything of interest on the interior's back panel, but the Silverstone sticker on the fan was a surprise. Rosewill says it worked with Silverstone on the Conqueror's design and construction. Silverstone makes some pretty sweet cases, so that's a good thing.
The drive cages also sport 120 mm Silverstone fans; this time they're clear units with blue LEDs.
The cages offer great airflow over the hard drives and fit well in the case. Drives fit horizontally as they do in most enclosures, giving each bay a capacity of three drives. With two cages, that bumps the Conqueror's drive capacity up to six. However, I would have preferred to see Rosewill arrange the drives vertically like Hiper does with the Osiris, which would allow the bays to accommodate four drives each. Arranging the drives vertically would also sidestep an annoying problem with the Conqueror's cages:
We had a hard time taking a good picture, but the screw in the center of the shot above lies deep behind the access hole you have to guide your screwdriver through. A magnetic screwdriver does much to help here, but if you slip (which I did twice, even with a magnetic screwdriver), you have to rattle the whole cage around to get the screw to fall out. This isn't really a major problem, but more elegant solutions have been around for a while, and Rosewill should have come up with something better.
After wrestling with one drive cage to get our hard drive installed, we put both cages back in the system and also secured an optical drive up top. As you've no doubt noticed by now, we're securing components with traditional screws; the Conqueror isn't a tool-free design, and I noticed that the overall system build time was a fair amount longer than with cases that don't require a screwdriver. We didn't find our test build too difficult aside from the drive cage shenanigans, but it would have been easier with more thumb screws and fewer tools.
Although we won't be looking at it in any depth, Rosewill sent us its RD-600N-2SB-SL power supply (which is a recommended companion for the case but not actually included with it) for our test build. Aside from lacking modular cabling, I couldn't find much to complain about. The PSU is nice and weighty; it has an extra-large fan for cooling; and it comes with nice, long, sleeved cables.
The Rosewill PSU's cables protrude right in the way of the massive, rubber-coated steel clip coming out of the motherboard tray. This clip's position could prove problematic for users with longer PSUs, but they should be able to just push it out of the way. You might have to move your optical drive if you wanted to squeeze in a massive 1kW+ unit, however.
With that massive clip helping with the cable management, installing other components in the Conqueror is particularly easy. There's plenty of room for our massive Silverstone CPU heatsinkand even more for notoriously large coolers like the Tuniq towers.
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