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 (cont'd)
Here's a shot of the big 230mm side panel fan, just one of the four big fans supplied with the Thor chassis out of the box. Checking the UL certification number revealed that this fan, as well as the other fans in the case, is made by Flyalpine in China and a quick search using the model number reveals that this fan is used, in various iterations, in many upper echelon cases from other suppliers. All of the fan mounts in this mesh panel feature rubber grommets to minimize any vibration noise transmitted to the mesh panel from the fan(s.) The fantail terminates in a three-pin connector to interface with a motherboard pinheader, but no four-pin adapters are included. Of course, since this case features a two-channel fan speed controller supporting up to six total fans, Molex adapters aren't really necessary.
With the side panels removed, the interior is revealed in all its massive glory. It's really difficult to convey just how much room there is inside the Thor, but once we get the hardware installed, you'll get a better idea. Suffice it to say that up to four 330mm graphics cards (that's almost 13 inches, folks) can easily fit in here, and the extra width of the case will prevent the relatively tall tower CPU cooler we see today from interfering with the side panel fan.
Nine large cable management openings feature rubber grommets while the three near the top of the tray do not, but they are large enough to fish the 4- or 8-pin Aux power connectors through with relative ease. The tray also features a very large cutout to facilitate CPU cooler swaps and the numerous mobo standoff points are supported in the manual.
Up front, Thor is dominated by the drive cage. With room for up to six 5.25-inch devices (one of which can be sacrificed for a floppy drive or similar sized device,) and tool-free clips for each bay, ODD installation should be a snap. Another six clips on the other side of the bay will assure a secure, robust drive installation. The side facing HDD cage can mount up to six hard drives via the steel drive caddies. These drive caddies feature rubber grommets for the 3.5-inch drives and 2.5-inch drives can also be installed although grommets are not supplied or needed. The HDD cage has relatively large slots to promote airflow over the drives and into the expansion card area. While the side fan will likely be more than up to the task of cooling this area, every little bit helps.
Just behind the cage is a plastic clip that will accept a 140mm intake fan and sports a filter. A 120mm fan can be placed here, but the clip will have to be removed and the fan installed with the screws.
At the top rear, we see the 140mm and 230mm exhaust fans that keep the airflow balanced relative to the intakes. As we saw earlier, the ten expansion bays come with vented, replaceable covers and are secured with thumbscrews. If I'm not mistaken, the original Thor case had some tool-free plastic clips here, but the V2 uses the tried-and-true thumbscrews to secure the expansion cards. Since I'm frequently disappointed by the plastic clips used in this area, I don't generally knock a case for using thumbscrews.
The floor of the case features tall rubber bumpers that not only support the power supply, but provide enough distance between the PSU fan and floor to provide airflow to the unit if the filter should become plugged up. I/O cabling is just what one would expect, given the port offerings on the front panel. USB 3.0 functionality is achieved via a conventional male USB plug rather than the motherboard header that we're seeing with a bit more frequency recently. I'm not going to knock the Thor for this connectivity choice due to the abundance of boards that this system will work with. A nice plus is that the 3-pin connectors are clearly labeled with respect to the controller channel they correspond to, eliminating some trial-and-error during installation, and the other connectors are labeled as to use and well supported in the manual.