Date: January 9th, 2007
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake USA
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
A slide out drawer is at the very bottom, below the intake fan. This will come in handy for storing extra tools that are frequently left over after an install.
The top is ridged with a handle on each side that spans the entire length of the case. As heavy as this will be after hardware is inside, these handles will serve a purpose as well as add a nice touch to the overall style.
Hydraulic mechanisms slowly raise the top panel up in a fashion that is similar to a convertible. Presumably this feature is for additional cooling, although at the cost of being intrusive. Two 120mm exhaust fans can be found on the underside of the panel for cooling when the top isn't open.
The rear of the case sports a rounded door that when opened…
…reveals a couple interesting things. First, there are two 120mm exhaust fans mounted to inside of the door to push warm air out. Nice! Secondly, instead of a spot for the I/O shield, there is simply a large empty space. This is by design - the SwordM will not accommodate an I/O shield, instead the back of the case will be much more open than a traditional setup. We'll get another look at this after the motherboard is installed.
The side panel is ridged as well with a large section of it vented. It is actually divided up into two sections held together by four thumbscrews. Removing them releases the panel…