MSI Ravager Review

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MSI Ravager Review

Cheap, but not inexpensive

The MSI Ravager looks like it was extruded from Monster Energy cans. Its exterior is black-painted SECC steel with bright blue claw-mark decals, and the inside is black with the mobo tray, drive trays, slot covers, and optical bay mechanisms picked out in bright blue.

The Ravager has six HDD trays (all with SSD mounting holes), three toolless optical drive slots, and seven PCIe expansion slots. The top hard drive cage is removable, though there’s plenty of room for extra-long graphics cards even with the cage in place. The mobo tray has four cable-routing cutouts, a CPU backplane cutout, and plenty of tiedowns.

The Ravager ships with one 12cm intake fan and one 12cm exhaust fan, and can take two more 12cm or 14cm fans on the side panel, two on the top, and one more 12cm fan on the front, although only the stock front fan is filtered. Strangely, the front fan uses a Molex connector rather than a standard fan connector—and the power LED uses Molex as well, instead of the normal front-panel connector pins. The case’s top panel contains two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 (internal) and audio jacks.

Radioactive blue: the color that goes with everything.

The build quality of the Ravager leaves much to be desired. The front panel is built of plastic so cheap that half of the mounting posts had snapped off before we opened the box. The hard drive trays are flimsy, and the PCI thumbscrews are just regular screws wrapped in blue plastic, which left shavings everywhere each time we used them.

The Ravager would be an OK, if ugly, case at $50. At $100, it’s insulting. For the same price you can get a much better-looking and better-constructed case from Fractal, Silverstone, Corsair, or NZXT. MSI should stick to the stuff that goes inside cases.

MSI Ravager

Viking

Decent build experience; interesting colors.

Fracking

Mediocre build quality; overpriced.

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Benchmarks
  Antec Eleven Hundred Silverstone TJ04-E Corsair Vengeance C70 MSI Ravager Corsair Obsidian 550D NZXT Phantom 410 Thermaltake Level 10 GTS
Idle CPU 21 20 24 22 24 21 21
Idle GPU 45 43 47 45 48 41 47
Burn CPU 45 43 58 47 52 44 41
Burn GPU 88 85 90 91 91 88 87

All temperatures measured in degrees Celsius. All systems tested with a stock-clocked AMD Phenom II X6 1055T on an Asus Sabertooth 990FX mobo with a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ cooler, a GTX 480 GPU, 4GB DDR3/1600, and an 800W PSU in a room with an ambient temperature of 22 C.

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