Date: February 19th, 2007
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake USA
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Both of the clear acrylic side windows have a venting feature that appears to be cast into the window panels. The window edges are relieved to sit flush with the panel and the windows are secured with color matched plastic rivets.
Audio style feet add protection and give some clearance for additional intake for the front fan. Note the folded edge, making the side panels integral with the bottom of the case. As we'll see later, all installation chores are performed from the top and rear of the Lanbox.
Around back, the most noticeable thing is an abundance of thumbscrews. Eleven of ‘em, to be exact. They essentially hold the Lanbox together and will all have to be removed, along with a few more, before we're done. The manual does a surprisingly good job of illustrating the steps necessary to get the Lanbox apart and the user should read it through carefully. This is no ordinary case and care must be taken when working with it. Ventilation holes are everywhere; even the expansion slot covers are louvered to facilitate air circulation.
The top comes off by removing three screws. With six more out, you can use the chrome ring at the bottom to pull the motherboard tray/backplane module out and away from the case. Twin 60mm fans pull exhaust duty here and the indicated tab can be removed to facilitate routing watercooling tubing. A flexible plastic grommet is supplied, should the user wish to take advantage of this option.
Removing the final thumbscrew, along with six flathead screws, releases the PSU module from the rest of the chassis. In the background, the 92mm blue LED intake fan sits dead center near the bottom of the front panel.