Date: November 2nd, 2006
Article by: Mike Carter (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake
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PRODUCT PICTORAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Above the hose pass-through is a small, single-bay drawer, which will hold a few CD's, a small toolkit, or other miscellaneous parts. As with the rest of the front panel, the drawer can be placed in any location you choose.
On the top of the case is a large, oval inset, which holds a small circular panel, a mounting location for a 90mm “blowhole” fan, and a large, meshed ventilation port.
Opening the panel reveals the USB, FireWire, and audio ports. While I like the top-mounted design, it may be a problem for those who like their computers on their desks, rather than on the floor.
On the backside, you'll find the PCI shield, which is removable. This can be replaced with a BTX formfactor plate. This plate also holds a 120mm fan, which is included. Above this plate is the mounting location for a PSU, and another 90mm fan mounting location. This fan is also included. And, even though the Kandalf LCS includes a liquid cooling system, the familiar punch-outs and grommets are still available, if you choose to change cooling systems later.
The side door is unchanged from the original Kandalf. The door is held in place two ways; a pair of thumbscrews secure the door, as well as a pair of quick-open latches. The top latch also has a key lock. Between the two, there is no way this door is coming open (and exposing your expensive components) without your approval. The Thermaltake name and motto are etched into the bottom pane.
Zip tied to a bracket on the backside of the case is a pair of keys for the side door latch. This is a very thoughtful touch. Believe me, fishing the keys out of a case which arrived with the door latch locked is no fun. Thermaltake's attention to detail is excellent.