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 (cont'd)
The other side of the Soprano VX is unremarkable and has the same shiny, but orange peeled, paint finish. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad finish and I wouldn't even mention it if Thermaltake hadn't made such a production of it.
Inside, there are some interesting features involving installation, but the layout is conventional. The rear 120mm fan is the only fan included here. At 1300 RPM and 17 dBA, the fan will be quiet, but I'm skeptical that this will provide the cooling performance most PC enthusiasts expect. There is a placement for an additional 120mm fan at the bottom-front of the case.
Thermaltake has come up with another tool-free drive installation solution. Turning the center knob releases the bracket and the pins securing the drives. This is a simple and elegant solution, but I fear for the longevity of the latching cams.
While there is no removable motherboard tray, Thermaltake has provided a blank standoff to locate the motherboard and stamped standoffs. A few conventional brass standoffs are included for mATX and any non-standard motherboards.
Just below the exhaust fan is Thermaltake's tool-free expansion card solution. The slot covers are replaceable and the plastic mechanism can be removed, should the user wish to go old school and attach the cards with screws.
Well, that about does it for the tour. Let's get some hardware in the Soprano VX and see how it performs.