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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PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH & PICTORIAL (CONT'D)
Just to the right of the fan is one of two mega-thumbscrews that secure the side panel to the case. The latches work just fine for this purpose and I would use these to secure the other panel. Below the fan are four knockouts that, with the included grommets, can be used to run tubing for watercooling. This is just one of the many nice features the Kandalf brings to the table.
Another cool feature is the optional BTX upgrade kit.
Inside the box you’ll find a backplane, SRM (Support and Retention Module) and a bag containing an instruction booklet and hardware pack. Now that Intel has finalized the BTX form factor, it’s only a matter of time before it shows up. With this kit, the user can be ready.
Here’s a side-by-side comparison. The BTX kit comes complete with it’s own tool free PCI retention system that’s identical to the ATX unit in the Kandalf.
The most distinctive feature of the case is probably the front bezel. The curved, brushed aluminum doors give the Kandalf a sleek, streamlined appearance. It’s a very tasteful design, in my opinion, bold and striking without going over the top. I should mention here that while Thermaltake implies that the Kandalf is all-aluminum, there is a plastic transition piece between the chassis and the doors.
Opening the doors gives us a look at more innovative features that Thermaltake has incorporated into the Kandalf. There are eleven front bays in the case and the user can place drives and devices in virtually any configuration imaginable. Let’s start with the button/floppy module in the top bay.
This module is home to the power/reset switches and power/HDD activity LEDs. The mesh insert can be removed and a floppy drive installed. The body is aluminum while the front is silver plastic. Connections for the buttons and lights are well marked and wire length is generous.
There are nine bay covers with aluminum mesh inserts and washable foam air filters. The centers of the mesh inserts can be removed to install 3.5 inch devices.