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
The floor area has a large intake area for the PSU fan along with some support rails that assure air intake to the PSU if the filter should become clogged. Front panel cabling is what one would expect given the I/O ports and docking feature. The 120mm rear exhaust fan has a three-pin connector while the front and top fans use 4-pin Molex connectors. Cable lengths are generous and connectors are well documented in the manual. Speaking of which, the manual, while pretty complete could be a bit clearer in spots. Overall, it's adequate for even a novice to get a system installed in the Blacx.
There isn't much room to route cables back here, and there are a limited number of tie-points to help route the cables that will fit. That does it for the walkaround, so let's gather up some hardware and do the install.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
For this review, Mr. Bones and I have chosen the following components:
MSI DKA790GX Platinum motherboard
AMD Phenom 9950 BLACK EDITION Agena 2.6GHz (@ 3.0 GHz) 140W CPU OEM cooler
Antec TruePower New 750W PSU
Buffalo 2GB (2 x 1GB) RAM
EVGA 8800 GTS 640MB graphics card OEM cooler
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320 GB hard drive
Samsung SH-S203N DVD writer
Mr. Bones, while being very vain and shallow, has unimpeachable integrity and will be overseeing testing. To get baseline temperature data, I used OCCT (Ver. 3.0.1) to stress the CPU and GPU in the open air setup pictured above. Tests were run for 1 hour and highest temps at idle and load recorded from the graphs generated by the program. We'll compare these temps to the temps in the case after installation. Let's proceed with the installation.
The manual suggests that the motherboard go in first, followed by the optical and hard drives, and I see no good reason to deviate. As I mentioned earlier, cable management is going to be a challenge and anything you can do to get the cables out of the way before PSU installation will make things easier and cleaner in the long run.
Getting the drives in was as easy as it gets, and the mounting is relatively solid for the ODD given the fact that it's only secured on one side. The HDD mounting is another matter. With the clip in place, the drive isn't going anywhere, but it can move around in the bay a bit and there isn't any anti-vibration feature. Now, the PSU.