Raidmax did an outstanding job with the Cobra Z. It has excellent build quality. It looks like they are starting to change their design a bit to give a more modern look. They have also added extra functionality when it comes to cable management. I was surprised to see the space available behind the motherboard tray which has been an ongoing issue with every other case I’ve seen from them. The blue motherboard tray seemed to be overwhelming at first with an empty case, but ended up looking great once everything was installed. While the expansion slot covers aren’t the normal style that you see, they were easily removable and we had no issues putting them back on once the video card was removed.
Now, there were some minor issues that we need to point out. Even though this is meant to be a budget case, I think the next upgrade that we would like to see is grommets on the cable holes, and at least some form of protection from the edges. The other small issue we saw was that, although the Cobra Z supports 2x 120/140mm fans up top, there isn’t enough room for a radiator and fan to be mounted without hitting the RAM. This forces us to be limited to using a single 120mm rad at the rear exhaust.
At the time of the review, the Raidmax Cobra Z is currently out of stock at Newegg.com with no price available. However, I did find it at superbiiz.com for $63.99 with a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty. Despite the smaller issues we found, most of the features and aesthetics included with this case are exceptional. Taking everything into account, the Raidmax Cobra Z earns the PureOverclock Great Hardware Award.