Today we are having our first encounter with Riotoro, a manufacturer of personal computer cases, power supply units, cooling-related products and peripherals. Riotoro is a company that came to be from former NVIDIA and Corsair employees. The current number of products they offer is small, consisting of just a couple of cases and mice, but we expect that to change rapidly in the not so distant future.

Introduction

Riotoro is somewhat of a new company, as they came into business in 2015, however they originally made their products available into South America first. These markets are set to be the primary focus of the US-based company in the near future as well, which might explain the Spanish name (Riotoro roughly translates to "Bull's River" in English, and there is an actual river in Puerto Rico that is sharing the same name).

Nevertheless, the company is now making their products available in the North America and is marking their debut with the Prism CR1280, a large (58 cm, ~23-inch) tower case with RGB lighting. Riotoro is claiming that this is the world's first full RGB case, capable of 256 colors. The company is also claiming that the Prism CR1280 also has "unprecedented cooling performance", high durability, "improved cable management" and a "unique, powerful design". With the MSRP of $140 and a retail price that is likely to be lower than list, the Prism CR1280 seems to be a very interesting product if it can deliver half of what Riotoro's marketing is claiming.

 

Riotoro CR1280 Prism
Motherboard Size EATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Drive Bays External -
Internal 4 × 3.5" (internal drive cages)
4 × 2.5" (Rear of motherboard tray)
Cooling Front 2 × 120 mm (2 × 120 mm RGB LED included)
Rear 1 × 120 mm or 140 mm (none included)
Top 3 × 120 mm or 2 × 140 mm (none included)
HDD -
Bottom -
Radiator Support Front Up to a 280 (2 × 140 mm)
Rear Up to 140 mm
Top Up to a 280 (2 × 140 mm) or 360 mm (3 × 360 mm)
Side -
Bottom -
I/O Port 2× USB 3.0, 2× USB 2.0, 1× Headphone, 1× Mic
Power Supply Size ATX
Clearances HSF 184 mm
PSU Up to 200 mm
GPU 400 mm
Dimensions 580 mm × 225 mm × 475 mm
22.83 in × 8.86 in × 18.7 in
Prominent Features (as per the marketing spiel) · World’s 1st Fully RGB CASE with unparalleled personalization options.
· Taking up the best and adding our own improvements to cases most successful technologies.
· DAT (direct airflow technology) built from the ground up to cool the most demanding and hotter product providing unprecedented cooling performance by directing air where it is most needed.
· ICM : improved Cable management design! For the most demanding users and configurations.
· Durable and strongly built to last many years.
· Next generation Full Tower design. Unique and powerful design, that takes your rig to the next level and to the future.
Price $140 (MSRP)

Packaging & Bundle

Riotoro supplies the Prism CR1280 in a very large and sturdy cardboard box that instantly hints the actual size of the case. The artwork is very simple, with only the company's logo decorating the main sides of the box. There is no picture of the case itself or any significant information printed on the box itself. Inside the box, the case is well secured between thick Styrofoam slabs and wrapped in a soft nylon bag. The packaging ought to offer more than sufficient protection during shipping.

As we received an early production sample, we have no clear view of what the bundled items will be. The company supplied us with just the basic screws and a few cable ties, with no manual or accessories to speak of. Since Riotoro is coming into a highly saturated market is going to have to strongly compete in terms of value, we do expect that the bundle will be kept to a minimal, although a basic manual is obviously going to be included with retail products.

It is worth noting that the font being used for Riotoro looks eerily similar to the ASUS Republic of Gamers' font. We're not sure if this is intentional, or if there the original font is owned/licenced by one of the two or an external entity. It's an interesting thing to mention at least.

The Exterior of the Riotoro Prism CR1280
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  • SaolDan - Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - link

    Neat!! Reply
  • Olaf van der Spek - Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - link

    You might be able to set the BIOS to power on after power loss and then use the switch on the PSU or an external switch. Reply
  • plopke - Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - link

    Speaking about cases , anyone know of a 5.25"front panel expansion with a new power button/reset button. I know Lian li and Scythe used to have some models but either very hard to get or extremely expensive because comes with lot of extras.

    <rant on>

    Maybe I am just unlucky, or it is Antec but goddammit do power button on cases get crappier and crappier these days and every time I look at a review of cases these days the words "flimsy/weak" tend to be used or quality is ignored. On the plus side cooling and noise are properly reviewed.

    Also quiet common to find the problem on the internet with following solutions :
    -get new front panel if the case still made
    -get new case("I GO UUURGRH inside")Speaking about cases , anyone know of a 5.25"front panel expansion with a new power button/reset button. I know Lian li and Scythe used to have some models but either very hard to get or extremely expensive because comes with lot of extras.

    <rant on>

    Maybe I am just unlucky, or it is Antec but goddammit do power button on cases get crappier and crappier these days and every time I look at a review of cases these days the words "flimsy/weak" tend to be used or quality is ignored. On the plus side cooling and noise are properly reviewed.

    Also quiet common to find the problem on the internet with following solutions :
    -super glue
    -horrible mess because the enteir panel is one big hump of glued together plastics
    -get new front panel if the case is still made
    -get new case("I GO UUURGRH inside")

    So in the end I was thinking of drilling a hole in a 5.25"bracket and putting for example one of these in it
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Phobya-system-cabinet-but...

    Sometimes I wishes the reviewer of a PC case put a robot on the button until it breaks :P.

    PS Luckely it isn't all bad , there actually still cases to be bought where the idea is not look as a neo lighted up brothel with a stealth fighter crashed into it.
    <rant off>
    Sorry I will stop being grumpy now , I tend to get grumpy when a easy problem turns into a day of googling !

    So in the end I was thinking of drilling a hole in a 5.25"bracket and putting for example one of these in it
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Phobya-system-cabinet-but...

    Sometimes I wishes the reviewer of a PC case put a robot on the button until it breaks :P.

    PS Luckely it isn't all bad , there actually still cases to be bought where the idea is not look as a neo lighted up brothel with a stealth fighter crashed into it.
    <rant off>
    Sorry I will stop being grumpy now , I tend to get grumpy when a easy problem turns into a day of googling !
    Reply
  • plopke - Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - link

    Woeps Reply
  • plopke - Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - link

    I kinda went a bit crazy with copy paste after logging in Reply
  • Murloc - Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - link

    yeah it kinda makes you look cray-cray.

    I don't push the button more than once a day but I've never had or heard of any issues with cooler master cases.
    Reply
  • fluxtatic - Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - link

    That would have been pretty much exactly what I would have suggested, drill a hole in one of the 5.25" blanks and put in vandal-resistant switch.

    On another note, I think it's you - I've never had a problem with a power switch in any case I've ever owned.
    Reply
  • JohnMD1022 - Saturday, June 04, 2016 - link

    I only power off/on once a month or so. Reply
  • Valantar - Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - link

    Any idea if Riotoro will expand distribution to Europe in the near future? For my next platform upgrade, I want a smaller chassis, and their CR1080 seems to be the _only_ compact, full ATX + full length ATX PSU case out there that doesn't look like utter sh*t. I don't mind moving to mATX, but the selection there isn't that much better, tbh. The Kimera Cerberus looks awesome, but it's not available (yet, perhaps ever), and $250 is a lot for a case. Reply
  • britjh22 - Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - link

    Wow, having just built a system in a Zalman H1, I really wish I had seen this case first. I love the placement of the 2.5 & 3.5 drives. Reply

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