Mini-Tower Cooltek RM1 attracted a lot of attention thanks to a high-quality aluminum finish. New RM3 went further – two side panels are made of real glass, so the body looks luxurious. Premium Cooltek housing was developed in collaboration with Jonsbo, the price for this traditionally quite moderate. But if the body will be able to oust competitors in the market?
Cooperation between Cooltek Jonsbo and has already led to the emergence of the PC market is very attractive buildings. For most models a strong steel frame combined with panels of brushed aluminum. At the same time the body differ modest but stylish design. The interior is also quite spartan, though functional. Finally, Jonsbo / Cooltek models are sold at prices that are very attractive for aluminum hulls.
For the new housing micro-ATX RM3 two companies were added to the successful formula of another ingredient: the side panels of tempered glass. Conventional plastic windows quickly become scratched and unsightly appearance, but the panel of this glass are an entirely different category. It is no wonder that more and more manufacturers choose to equip their housing real glass. Even Cooltek / Jonsbo body RM3 – not the only one “glass” model. The company also introduced housing UMX4 ATX format with a glass window. The difference between the two buildings is obvious: if UMX4 focused on the classic format Midi Tower, RM3 – compact body Mini Tower Motherboard Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX. Despite the dimensions 215 x 385 x 336 mm, in the case plenty of space for a standard ATX power supply, video card, and the average length of a conventional tower cooler.
RM3 can be purchased in black and silver colors. The recommended retail price is 109.99 euros.
Along with the housing Cooltek making manual, installation accessories, speaker system and cable tightening.
Externally RM3 happy harmonious shape and quality materials. Textured aluminum is combined with the side walls of tinted glass. With a label you can easily unstick from the glass.
In front stands a solid and smooth aluminum panel. She interrupted only on a circular power button and I / O ports. The user will get two USB 3.0 ports and two audio connectors – they are located in the lower right corner of the front panel. It seems that Cooltek implies that users will install RM3 on the table, and not to hide it at the bottom. The top panel is installed 140 mm fan, an indoor grill.
Cooltek did not waste your time on the side window, select the panel entirely made of tempered glass. Each side panel is secured with four long screws with thumbscrews. Unlike In Win, rubber pads are made for the screws in the housing and in the glass. Furthermore, the glass is placed on the rubber strip. As a result, it is more convenient to mount the side panels and a little easier than in the case of In Win. But when removed should pay attention to the rubber strips so that they remain in place.
manufacturer’s decision to make the right panel of the housing glass also seems doubtful. Yet behind glass clearly visible cables behind the motherboard tray, so they will have to be laid with due diligence. Although tinted glass hides a lot, it all depends on the lighting and viewing angle. Behind the housing Mini Tower we see quite typical configuration components. ATX power supply is secured from below with a removable lining. The motherboard is installed behind the right body panel. Cooltek decided to abandon the fifth expansion slot. Therefore, the lower PCIe slot in typical motherboard Micro-ATX (with four expansion slots) can only be used with single-slot expansion cards. Recent attached simple cross head screws. In addition, the expansion card fixed behind the plate.
A simple switch on the side allows you to set the fan speed in three steps, the center of which is off the fans. One of the pre-installed fans on the rear panel. Because of the limited space is not established manufacturer fan 140 mm (as under the hood), and the model of 120 mm.
The case is set to RM3 beautiful silvery legs in the style of Hi-Fi. Below them are added rubber pads for vibration isolation. Air vents on the bottom of the housing are closed with plastic dust filter. It is attached with screws, so shoot for the filter will not be so easy.
Jonsbo logo outside there, but the manufacturer has added quite bright inside plate. The interior is quite interesting. Rack storage is not all, as we get the division of the motherboard and the power supply segment. Under the hood you can hide the power supply unit and cables. On the bulkhead located mounting drives.
For air blowing between the two segments meets the third preset fan. As in the case of the rear panel, there is used a 120 mm fan. It receives fresh air through ventilation openings in the bottom of the housing, thereby serving as a front fan, which have no RM3. Instead fans Cooltek use the front panel to set the drives. In front, on the partition of the supply and the motherboard tray unit segment can install two 2.5 “or 3.5” drive and three 2,5 “SSD / HDD. It drives screwed rubber rings, for which they then just hung up. The installation drive is quite simple, but the vibration isolation is provided.
The motherboard tray has a large cutout for installation CPU cooler back plate, there is space for laying cables. Two large cut-out for cable fitted with rubber plugs.
Housing Mini Tower RM3 very compact. The distance between the motherboard and the cover and between the motherboard (Micro-ATX) and the power supply segment is small partition. So better to lay the cables in advance. For example, an 8-pin EPS cable is unlikely to succeed to hold the top after installing the motherboard. But drives partition have to install after the motherboard. Despite some limitations, the body can be collected RM3 neat system Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX.
Cooltek and Jonsbo came to the correct conclusion: glass side panels look much better than plastic windows. Housing RM3 demonstrates how well the look of real glass panels, they are perfectly combined with textured aluminum. Strict enclosure design is also suitable for noble materials as well as possible. Housing Mini-Tower is not only beautiful in appearance, but also offers compelling internal characteristics.
Inside the compact casing can be installed motherboard Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX, tower cooler and relatively long graphics card. Although cabling will have to tinker. But after completing the installation, you can enjoy the outside view RM3. The power supply and the appropriate cables are hidden behind a partition. Manufacturer refused to storage racks, but HDD / SSD can be installed on the front panel or partition PSU segment. Optical Drive settings is not provided.
In the body there are some other restrictions in addition to the relatively complicated installation components. To remove the side glass panels rather difficult (even if they are thick enough), the same applies to the lower dust filter. The body was designed taking into account the installation on the desktop. If you put it on the floor, then up to the I / O ports will be difficult to reach.
Side panels and glass windows are gaining popularity, but they are most often found in much larger buildings. Phanteks released version Tempered Glass Edition of the popular housing Enthoo Evolv ATX, but in the case of Evolv mATX and Evolv ITX will have to settle for plastic windows. If you are willing to give up this window, the Evolv mATX become a viable alternative to RM3. The housing has a substantially greater volume, and cooling capacity has more, including two places for the installation of heat exchangers CBO. Phanteks, as Cooltek / Jonsbo combines a durable metal frame with aluminum panels. Universal housing Enthoo Evolv mATX, despite the simple acrylic window, will cost 120 euros, that is, even at 10 euros more expensive than RM3.
If you are interested in a compact and noble casing Mini Tower, the Cooltek / Jonsbo RM3 would be an excellent choice. Especially since the price is quite reasonable. Such a combination is difficult to find on the market.