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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [01.12.04]
Manufactured by: Thermaltake


My Greatest Fans

Let's have a look at the fans included with the Skull

From the front side (where the window would be), you can see a pair of exhaust fans, and a video card fan on a swinging door. Wheeeee!

The side case fans are in a louvered housing, to direct airflow directly from the CPU. All fans in this case are ultra-low RPM, and make next to no noise at all. They are all connected via 4 pin molex, which can quickly become quite messy if you don't take a lot of care in your installation!

Looking at the other side of the case, you'll find another 80mm fan blowing directly across the hard drive bay. This has to be one of the most intelligent fan placements ever, and the door side includes a grille to accomodate airflow. The fan housing swings down, so you can install the drives (if you choose not to use the included tool-less tabs).

The swinging door serves several purposes. First of all, of course, is the fan blowing over the AGP and some PCI slots. Over to the right of the fan is a place to install a hard drive. I don't know why anyone would want to do this; there are plenty of 3.5" bays where you would normally put them. I guess they saw room for one more, and decided to go ahead and put a mounting position there!

Right beside the AGP cooling fan are sliding tabs to secure all the PCI cards and AGP card. Once you get everything installed, push each tab as far as it goes, until it clicks into the card. This will keep things VERY secure, as you move the case around.

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