The Nighthawk 117 is an excellent case. It certainly has a great look to it. I like the design inspiration from the jet (even though I see a flare of Nightwing in there) and the fins on top were a huge selling point for me. Quality was top notch on this guy. ROSEWILL prides themselves on fitting in a budget, but you wouldn’t know it from the look and feel of this case. It’s solidly put together and like I said many times throughout, it’s the details that are almost perfectly thought through. It made building fun and that’s not something I can say after every case. We could almost wrap this up in a pretty bow and call it done, but there’s a few things we should mention here.
As far as full tower cases are concerned, the Nighthawk is in an excellent position. At $120, it’s one of the least expensive full tower cases you can find. Unfortunately, I don’t think it will compete with just full towers. NZXT is offering a killer line-up these days with many mid towers hitting the $100 mark. Some of these cases are raising the bar with radiator support and fan hubs, and these are things that the Nighthawk falls a bit behind on. On top of that, ROSEWILL’s own Thor V2 offers a tempting alternative as well. Personally, I would like to see the fan controllers get replaced by a fan hub. On top of that, a little bit more radiator support would be nice, but that’s certainly a personal preference.
Overall, the Nighthawk is an excellent case. I think it’s the lack of a modern feature or two that hurts it a bit, but the quality is certainly there. Attention to detail really sets this case apart. I found that during the build, I wouldn’t notice something small at first, but then I’d get to that component and realize it was a notch above experiences with other cases. If you have SLI or Crossfire, you’ll really appreciate the extra room, but I’m certain the aesthetic will sell people on the case as well. Once again, ROSEWILL made a great case and we happily award the Nighthawk 117 the Pure Overclock’s Great Hardware Award.
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