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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



Here's a graphic from Thermaltake's website illustrating the cooling scheme and maximum dimensions for CPU coolers and graphics cards. While there are intake fan filters for the PSU and front panel fans, the negative pressure generated by the unbalanced exhaust fans will draw in lots of air through the ventilation areas of the side panels, and dust accumulation may be an issue here.



All the drive bays sport tool-free clips on one side, with the exception of the floppy bays. Conspicuously absent are any mounting options for permanent installation of 2.5-inch drives. I'm also a little annoyed by the short power cables for the docking bays. At the very least, Thermaltake could have supplied these 4-pin cables with a passthrough to avoid having to run two Molex connectors from the power supply up here.



Both exhaust fans are gloss black with no lighting, and there isn't an opening in the tray to facilitate running the Aux 12V cable behind the tray. Fixed standoffs integrated into the mobo tray can be augmented with conventional standoffs included in the hardware bag, and a sticker helps the user identify the correct standoff locations.



The tool-free expansion card locks leave a lot to be desired. Their flimsy plastic construction makes me fear for their longevity and I'm skeptical of their efficacy, particularly when heavy graphics cards are installed. Frankly, I'd rather see seven thumbscrews included in the hardware bag than a lame tool-free solution like this. Expansion bay covers are vented, but are of the break-out variety and non-replaceable, another disappointment in this area.


 


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