Wanted to test the ‘Rose’ computer with the EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 installed, and right away I discovered why I have moved to a more accessible case (e.g. Apevia). The Rosewill case is a Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case that cost me $20 earlier this year, and light in weight like the Apevia case; however, the Rosewill case is only ‘Easily’ accessible from one side – whereas the Apevia offers ‘2 sides, plus top and front’ (rear is even easier). The Apevia is a Micro ATX Cube Computer Case that was $60 (well worth the extra $40!) … both cases handle micro-ATX and mini-ITX MoBo’s. ‘Rose’ has the Intel® Core™ i3-8100 Processor.

BTW, that same Rosewill case now costs $28.99 plus $3.99 for shipping or right at $33 now. Footprint is 13.78″ x 6.89″ x 15+” (H x W x D) vs Apevia at 13.75” x 10.25” x 15.25” (H x W x D – note: that height includes 1” legs). If you’re not a Gamer or you don’t make many changes or upgrades, then that Rosewill is a good little case, with about 3” less width. However, if you do a lot of tinkering with MoBo and other hardware, the access to 2 sides plus access from top and front that the Apevia offers is the way to go. Going any smaller with a case seems to start limiting the external bay options and I want to have at least two of them…one is just not enough for me. Rosewill has two 5.25” & one 3.5” external bays – Apevia has one 5.25” & one 3.5” external bays. I’m guessing the Gamers mostly use M.2 PCIe SSD on their builds, which is why I see so many Micro ATX cases without any exterior bays. I’m planning on checking out some of the modern demo games, just to see what their Graphics look like & what they can do. My main computer, ‘Antec Jr.’ has three 5.25” and two 3.5” external bays (one 5.25” is empty and so is one of the 3.5” bays), a 256GB M.2 PCIe SSD and two other internal SSD drives. My three main test computers have no internal drives.

Let’s take a look at the MoBo access of the Rosewill & Apevia cases…this is what the Apevia interior MoBo area looks like:

One thing that really stands out – is that there is no power supply in the way…it’s in the bottom area below the MoBo. Full access from 2 sides, plus the top and front, gives you more than enough angles to ‘Attack’ that MoBo. That 3+” difference in the width of Apevia, compared to Rosewill, has probably made that bottom power supply area available (also 2 HHD/SSD bays in that bottom). Let’s compare that to a couple of Rosewill pics:

Power supply is in the way. Internal bays are in the way. Let’s look at the areas to work in:

Basically have full access from the 1 side. The area between the 2 green lines (includes top, front and bottom) is what is left to work in. Fortunately, the Rosewill case is light in weight, and easily moved around – for better light and ‘Attack’ angles. The CPU power supply connector is always a squeeze for me, just below that power supply, and even the CPU 3 or 4-pin fan connector can be a tight squeeze. For me, after building that ‘Test Bench’ from an old Dell case, having all that easy access to a MoBo drove me to find a more accessible case…thusly, the Apevia case is now my new favorite case and main hardware testing machine.

Next, I have the UserBenchmark results from the Intel i3 8100 processor and GeForce 1660 tests. First, the previous ‘Rose’ result without the GeForce 1660:

Here are the ‘Rose’ results with the GeForce 1660:

Jump of 43 percentage points for Gaming result, but only a few points added to previous Desktop and Workstation results. No need for the GeForce 1660 in ‘Rose‘ since there will be no gaming on it – that Intel® UHD Graphics 630 will do just fine for Desktop duty and testing.

A reminder of the ‘Apevia’ results from yesterday:

Ryzen™ 5 3400G has a point Gaming advantage result, a 3 point advantage on Desktop, and 12 percentage points advantage for a Workstation (WOW!). Still, that Intel i3 8100 did a good job…other than a big drop for Workstation duty.

OK … Geforce 1660 back in ‘Apevia‘ and waiting for some more tests…me, I’m taking a break! 😉