Date: August 10th, 2005
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake / ThermalRock
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THERMALROCK CORPORATE PROFILE
ThermalRock Incorporation was established by a group of multinational Research & Design, and Marketing elites. We specialize in the design and manufacture of aluminum, copper and metallic alloy products that raise industry standards, while remaining cost effective. Our expertise in thermal solutions and industrial design have assisted ThermalRock in creating innovative computer peripherals that users will appreciate and makes us the index of many followers. With the rises of HTPC plus integration of PC and home appliances, ThermalRock is providing series of digital entertainment style PC peripherals that users can complete their Digital Home Entertainment Center with and be proud of. ThermalRock will continue to focus on the creation of HTPC applications to make us the leader of Digital Entertainment in the PC industry.
While ThermalRock is a relative newcomer to the PC marketplace, their parent company, Thermaltake, has been around since 1999. Not long ago, I got the chance to review one of the first ThermalRock cases, called the Circle. It was a great case, with excellent cooling, innovative features and a very distinctive look. The look was so distinctive in fact, that some people didn’t like it very much. Pushing the envelope, style-wise, is always a gamble. Like it or not, you have to appreciate the guts it takes to roll the dice in such a competitive market. Well, with the introduction of the Eclipse chassis, it looks like the folks at ThermalRock aren’t afraid to roll them bones again. While I don’t want to turn this review into a comparison of the two, one can’t overlook the obvious similarities between the Circle and Eclipse chassis’. Although the Eclipse takes a styling cue from its big brother, it’s a very different and unique case in its own right. Can we find, as ThremalRock’s motto suggests, “Innovation Everywhere”? Let’s take a hard look at the Eclipse and see what it brings to the table.
PRODUCT FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS
The Eclipse chassis is available with or without a window and comes in silver as well as black. We’ll be looking at a black, windowed example in this review.
With an empty weight of a little over 13 pounds, the Eclipse is reasonably lightweight. It’s a mid-tower chassis and accepts ATX and mATX motherboards. The eclipse can mount up to six hard drives as well as four 5.25-inch devices and two floppy (or similar sized) devices.