Date: November 28th, 2006
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Mr. Bones likes the highly reflective finish, but there is a bit of “orange peel” in the paint, not what I would call “mirror coating.” The masking tape protects the corners of the plastic front bezel during shipping. I like the silver swoopy accents here. There are four 5.25” and two 3.5” front bays up front, and…
…the finish is very good on the bezel. A large silver power button and a recessed reset button are just above the power and HDD activity lights. Near the bottom is a small door for access to the front panel ports (audio, USB2 and FireWire.) Mr. Bones and I like this feature and its placement, but if a user wishes to have the case on the floor, access to the ports may be inconvenient.
Rubber feet will protect your desktop from scratches and an open slot provides front air intake for the case.
Moving around to the rear, we see a fairly conventional layout with a PSU opening, 120mm exhaust fan, a useless I/O shield and seven expansion slots. A pair of thumbscrews secure the left side panel and pair of keys are provided for…
…the locking latch on the side panel. There are two latches, of course, but only the top one has a locking feature. Here you can also see the tiny multicolored flakes in the black paint, only visible under strong light. The screened area is an air intake for…
…an adjustable side air duct to snorkel cool air to the CPU area. A 92mm fan would fit here, but is not included. Ventilation holes are provided for the VGA area as well, but no active cooling is included.