Date: February 22nd, 2005
Article by: Joe Anderson
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth
(Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product Submitted by: Thermaltake
<--SHOP FOR A THERMALROCK CIRCLE SILVER ATX CASE HERE
PRODUCT COMPOSITION (cont'd)
A cardboard box taped to the inside of the case contains
the accessories pictured above. Clockwise from the lower left are four
opaque plastic drive rails for the two front 3.5" bays, ten steel drive
rails for the five 5.25 front bays, four red cd-r disks for the front
panel, twelve steel drive rails for mounting up to six hard drives in
the internal drive rack, a zip bag containing screws and standoffs for
the motherboard and the manual. The very cleverly designed drive rails
require no tools or hardware for installation. A speaker is included
and pre-installed in the case. While the Circle case does not include
a power supply I personally don't see this as a negative. I think power
supplies get too little respect and some users put up with a low quality
power supply solely because it was included with their case. I suspect
that most enthusiasts interested in a high end case like the Circle
would rather choose a power supply more suited to their own individual
Let's crack this big mutha open, take a look at some of
its innovative features, install some hardware and see what the Circle
has to offer.
PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH, SETUP & INSTALLATION
The two USB and one Firewire ports are located on the
top surface of the plastic front bezel, while the audio ports are situated
at the lower left corner of the case. All ports can be accessed with
the door open or closed.
Inside the front door you'll find a metal hook for the
locking mechanism while access to the CD storage feature is provided
by the four disk-shaped retainers that thread onto a central spindle.
The Circle chassis will accept up to five 5.25 inch, and two 3.5 inch
devices in the front panel. Four magnets set along the right edge of
the bezel keep the door securely closed yet allow it to be opened with
minimal effort. Should you wish to lock the front door, a lock with
two keys is provided. The power and reset switches are surrounded by
grillwork with a fair amount of open area to supply the 120mm (included)
and 80mm (not included) fans located behind the grille. The bottom of
the bezel also has a large opening to facilitate airflow when the door
is closed. The aforementioned audio ports are visible at the lower left.
Four plastic swivel feet are provided to keep this potentially top-heavy
beast stable. The fit and finish of the bezel/door assembly is very
good. Aluminum and acrylic accents combined with sturdy hinges and intelligent
wiring show the kind of attention to detail that is sorely lacking in
some cases I have seen recently.
In the hinge area are two thumbscrews for adjusting the
position of the front aluminum accent piece.
Removing the bezel/door assembly from the steel case body
is easily accomplished by depressing six tabs with your fingers and
pulling the bezel forward.
TweakNews Tip: This particular case had
the USB and Firewire cables attached to the top of the case with a zip
tie. Removing the front bezel without first freeing up these cables
may cause damage to the front ports and render them useless.
Like most cases, to use any bay other than the top one,
you must break out the steel blanks that block off the bays. Unlike
most cases, the Circle provides a way to put them back if you wish.
Two screws put them right back where they were.