Date: April 25th, 2005
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake
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THERMALTAKE CORPORATE PROFILE
Thermaltake Incorporation, based in Taipei, Taiwan is the global leader Thermal Solution and Thermal Management for PC & Industrial Market. Its Engineering Staffs masters in Airflow Analysis, Material Conductivity and Heat Dissipation Efficiency. Thermaltake offers a wide range of products and services, providing effective and cost-conscious cooling devices. The Company has more than 1,000 employees worldwide supporting customers from its headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan, as well as from offices in China, Europe and United States Continent.
Shortly after I got my first computer, I was bitten by the modding bug. Some of the case modifications I tried were successful, some were not, but the process was always satisfying. Case manufacturers knew an opportunity when they saw it, and pre-modded cases soon began to appear on the market. Available with side windows, blowholes, lighting and color schemes these cases allowed enthusiasts to have a “customized” computer without the time, tools or skills necessary to mod a case themselves. Modders could also use these cases as platforms for further modifications.
Thermaltake has been a major player in the computer chassis market for several years now. Never content to follow the latest trends, their cases continually push the envelope of form, function, fit and finish. Bold styling, innovative features and superior cooling are their hallmarks. The case we’ll be looking at this time is no exception. The new Kandalf chassis from Thermaltake delivers all the above and much more. Let’s have a look and see if the Kandalf lives up to it’s heritage.
Here are the basic specs of the Kandalf chassis. (Thermaltake also makes a black case, identical to this one, but of steel construction.)
Case Type: ATX Full Tower
Material: Chassis: 1.0mm Aluminum; Front Bezel: Aluminum
Drive Bays: (external/internal) 5.25" x 10/0, 3.5" x 2/6
Motherboard Compatibility: Micro ATX, ATX, Extend ATX, BTX (with optional kit)
Expansion Slots: 7
Ports: 2x USB 2.0, 1x IEE1394, 2x Audio
Cooling System: 1x 120mm front intake fan, 1x 120mm Blue LED rear exhaust fan, 1x 90mm rear exhaust fan, 1x 90mm top exhaust fan
Dimensions: 20.9" x 8.7" x 22.1"
Weight: 22.25 Lbs.
Power Supply: None
As you can see, the Kandalf (Where do they come up with these names?) is big and quite light for its size. Four high-quality, low noise (17 dBA @ 1300 rpm for the 120mm, 19 dBA @ 1800 rpm for the 90mm) fans are included with the case to provide plenty of air flow inside the case. The Kandalf will mount just about any motherboard you throw at it, including BTX boards (with the optional BTX kit, more on this feature later). These specs barely scratch the surface of what this case has to offer.