Date: September 10th, 2010
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 bottom of the case features rather tall rubber feet to elevate the chassis just a bit. This allows more breathing room for the PSU via the filtered air intake near the back panel. Servicing the filter will require access to the bottom of the case, but it's better than having to remove the PSU, as I've seen in some cases.
The front panel comes off easily and Thermaltake uses some nicely designed spring clips for this purpose that should be up to the job for many uses. The three big bay covers have foam filter elements and are secure, yet easily removed from the inside. I like the fact that no wiring enters the front panel or door; this makes for much less anxiety when installing drives or otherwise working in the front of the case. Several cooling configurations are available to the used up here. The included blue LED fan can be moved up to a higher position in the chassis front, augmented by another 120mm fan or replaced with an optional 200mm fan available from Thermaltake.
With the side panels off we can get a look at the interior. As I mentioned earlier, the black finish is applied to the interior as well, and there are a few other interesting things to look at in here as well. There is a rather narrow access hole in the non-removable motherboard tray to facilitate CPU cooler swaps, but there doesn't appear to be any openings for cable management, a very similar situation to what we saw in the A90.
At the rear, we've got the 200mm top and 120mm rear exhaust fans and the seven replaceable expansion slot covers. The slot covers snap out, but there is no tool-free feature here, and the cards are secured with screws in the conventional manner. To be honest, the vast majority of tool-free solutions I've seen for this application aren't very good, and I won't be knocking the A60 for omitting this feature. The motherboard tray has some stamped “bumps” in place of standoffs, and Thermaltake supplies a few standoffs to complete the installation needs of supported boards.