Date: July 10th, 2007
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: ThermaltakeUSA
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
Drive rails for the 5.25-inch devices are stored on the back side of the bay covers. This is a very nice feature assuring that the rails will always be right where you need them.
The 3.5-inch bay covers are screwed to a sliding tray, another very nice feature of the Shark.
Moving around to the side, there's another shark-themed feature. There is no window per se, but a couple of honeycomb mesh panels that will allow plenty of ventilation (and dust, I'm afraid) into the case while allowing outsiders to get a peek at all the goodies inside. The mesh is surrounded by a plastic bezel that also houses the side-panel lock and the crescent-shaped latch handle.
The rear is fairly conventional with an opening for the PSU, a honeycomb fan placement for the 120mm blue LED exhaust fan, an I/O shield and seven expansion slots. At strategic places on the rear panel, Thermaltake has included knockouts to aid the user in installing a liquid cooling system. Grommets are provided for these openings and they will accept up to 3/8-inch tubing. The raised bracket on the right allows mounting a reservoir from one of the Thermaltake Bigwater kits. The side panels are secured with screws; oversize thumbscrews for the left panel and regulars for the right. The top and right side panels are unremarkable, other than the nice silver finish.
With the thumbscrews removed and the latch tripped, the panel comes off to reveal the interior. The inside front is completely filled with the drive cages. For convenience, I generally like side-facing HDD cages, but they often impede airflow from front intake fans. Thermaltake's design has large, oval holes to minimize, but not eliminate, airflow disturbance in this area. We've already seen the drive installation solutions for the external bays, and Thermaltake hasn't ignored the internal bays.