Date: May 29th, 2005
Article by: Jeff Caldwell
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake
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In the top of the SViking you can find 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 FireWire port, Speaker and Mic ports, HDD LED, Power LED, and a nice power button.
Opening this (lockable) door you gain access to four 5.25 bays and one 3.5 bay. Closing doors have always had their downfalls but also have very nice advantages when it comes to aesthetics. It allows you to have those pesky white drives without having to paint them, because you can't see them! I find it also gives a nice uniform streamlined look.
The side window features a locking mechanism which also works as it's handle to open the case when unlocked. It has a very rounded simplistic window without any really fancy designs. I think this could have been improved on, as it seems very plain compared to the bezel on the front of the case. The lock on the other hand is quite a handy feature.
Mounted onto the back of the case is a nice 120mm fan. There is also an exact duplicate to this fan hidden on the front of the SViking. This allows for optimal intake and exhaust cooling. These fans are nice and quiet at low speed, but I noticed that was not enough cooling power. Anything past low speed makes them sound like a 1980's vacuum cleaner.
Here you can see the included temperature sensor and two separate fan controllers knobs. Each of these fan controllers is hooked up to one of the included 120mm fans. The temperature monitor can record the highs and lows, as well as set alarms.