Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Rosewill
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
At almost two feet tall, this is a very large case, but is nicely proportioned to avoid the “beanpole” look of some full-towers. The front panel features six big bays (with one adaptable to 3.5-inch devices,) and liberal use of metal mesh to deliver air to the 230mm red LED fan that lives behind the lower panel. What appear to be louvered vent openings on both sides of the front bezel are purely aesthetic and non-functional, with the exception of the lower right pod that features a button switch for fan LED lighting and the right side panel has no design features to comment on. Up top, however, there are some nice features…
…starting with the well-appointed I/O panel. Top center is the large power button which will activate the light strips and Thor logo when the machine is on. A tiny, recessed reset button lies just below the left-hand fan control knob followed by an eSATA port, a pair each of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, audio jacks and the control knob for the other fan channel. The two channel fan controller will support up to three fans each, for a total of six, but there aren't any other specs available. The panel itself is plastic, but features a faux brushed aluminum look for a bit of contrast with the rest of the case. Just behind the I/O panel is a small pentagonal recessed tray, complete with rubber mat, to hold a few personal items. Behind the tray…
…is the top venting system. Manipulating the sliding button opens and closes the vent plates to provide egress for the air from the 230mm exhaust fan just below the vents. While this is a unique and innovative feature that seems to work well, I'm at a bit of a loss as to why one would want to keep these vents closed. It does give the top a unique look and may very well be a draw for some gaming enthusiasts.
Out back, the Thor V2 features four tubing access holes, complete with rubber grommets, for watercooling applications. A 140mm exhaust fan and motherboard I/O opening top the expansion card area with its ten slots, each with a vented, replaceable cover. At the bottom, the PSU opening will support installing the power supply in either orientation and features a foam gasket to minimize any vibration noise. The side panels are secured by thumbscrews and the left panel features a large X-shaped mesh panel that supports the 230mm intake fan. Optionally, the 230mm fan can be replaced with up to four 120mm fans, and there are an additional three mesh panels near the top.
The bottom of the Thor features four tall plastic feet with rubber inserts to protect fine furniture finishes and provide a non-skid base for this big behemoth of a case. PSU fan intake is supported by a large meshed area, complete with a filter that is easily removed for servicing without having to tip the case. This is a detail I really like and find lacking in many otherwise competent cases. Another meshed area, just forward of the PSU vent, supports an optional 120 or 140mm intake fan on the floor of the chassis. As you've probably already noticed, all surfaces of the case, inside and out, are finished in the same black paint finish for a uniform look. While Thor doesn't feature a side window, the black interior is something that I've come to appreciate in a top-level chassis and contributes to the overall impression of quality evident in the Thor. Let's get the side panels off and check out the interior.