Trying to become part of the PC gaming master race, without going broke? That can be a challenge if you’re either a novice, starry-eyed builder with holier-than-thou ambitions, or most likely an amalgamation of the two. Rosewill, a manufacturer whose repertoire involves affordable PC gaming enclosures like the TYRFING ATX Mid Tower is what a cheap bastard like me and many others would consider ideal, when only the most necessary of prerequisites are mandatory for your latest benchmark rig.
And I do mean the necessary perquisites; the TYRFING is big, spacious, and more importantly: very easy to start off with. The main body is straightforward in black coating and made of steel with nothing out of place, the visual features being an asymmetrical character angle on the front, a plastic side window/swinging door on the left. You’ll get connectivity in the form of an I/O button (power), 3.5mm audio jacks, with some USB ports (3.0/2.0) sitting on top.
The inside is equally accommodating considering all the money you don’t have to spend for the ease. First off, you can add up to six cooling fans in either 120mm or 140mm for the top (you start off with two 120mm units preinstalled in the front and back), which is more than welcome here. Second, the semi tool-free tray for 3.5” HDDs make installation of terabyte storage painless, although you’ll need a screwdriver to secure a 2.5” SSD into said bay. And third, there’s a small dust filter located at the bottom to minimize some of the tower cleanup, a mildly clever setup as a whole.
I already mentioned the size and at 17.32 x 7.87 x 19.70 inches (height/width/depth), you can put anything in here, with plenty of room to let everything breathe. From most common motherboards within the ATX/Micro-ATX/Mini-ITX category, liquid cooling alterations in the top radiator position, to almost any power supply (size-conforming of course); the sky’s potentially the limit here.
But there are a few caveats to remind restless builders of the TYRFING’s limitations. Handling the case with or without components screwed in results in some physical flex felt throughout, and probably won’t win much favor among seasoned PC builders. Another consequence is that the steel body and pieces of plastic are on the thin side, and some vibration from the fans resonates when running — becoming more noticeable when under load. And unless you have a hobby modifying graphic cards you’ll only be able to fit one full size (460mm) GPU on a standard ATX configuration, largely due to the placement of the HDD bracket in relation to the second PCI-Express slot. This essentially makes truly hardcore NVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFireX configurations a no-go, but smaller cards should work fine.
But I can’t entirely say that Rosewill skimped out on convenience and thoughtful design with the TYRFING ATX Mid Tower, because it offers a lot of flexibility in order to keep costs rigorously down. A good overall starter case to help allocate your money into a better CPU or additional memory, and a decent performer despite the structural gripes — Just turn your up speakers a little to drown out the occasional hum.