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Reviewed by: Norman Tan [date=03.21.05]
Manufactured by: Thermaltake

Lowest Price Finder $159.99 $155.00 $151.93 $148.00

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Along with the 7 external bays you saw, there are an additional 5 3.5" harddrive bays that slide in horizontally as shown. As you can see, there is plenty of space for cables which means, no issues with SATA cables at all.

If I didn't know better, I'd say that these parts were straight out of a Sonata! Take a look at the harddrive tray below. Note the rubber isolating grommets and the side rails.

Speaking of trays, have I mentioned that this case has a removeable motherboard tray? Sorry duallie folks, ATX only.

Very nice indeed, but the following is what I will call one of the best case features I've seen in a while. Looks like a little torture device doesn't it?

The bad news is that it's not a new fangled torture device. The good news is that this easily the best tool free PCI slot securing bracket that I have ever seen. No really, this bracket ROCKS! It's secure, works with anything and isn't the cause of frustration unlike other products out there on the market.

The quest for the perfect case continues, but let me tell you, this Thermaltake came very close. You can't really complain about things when everything just plain works... and works well at that! Top notch construction, plenty of expansion space, an intelligent PCI bracket, a removeable motherboard tray, great cooling performance by the dual 120mm fans and cool blue lights.

If it seems that I am raving about this case, I am. What keeps it from a perfect score though? Just two things, well, one and a half things. Firstly, the big gaping hole in the side of the case just didn't bode well with me. Yes, it could possibly help with cooling performance, but it was also a great way for dust to get into the case. Somewhat related to that was the front intake fan. You either have a filter or you don't. There's no point in putting a filter over the fan, but leaving a gaping hole right underneath it for dust to get in. Finally, there's the small issue of the 3.5" bays being a little more trouble than they need to be.

Another issue you may have is the price. The lowest price we could find at a reputable retailer was $148 at Other places like and TigerDirect were slightly higher, at $159. Keep in mind that this is a full-featured full-aluminum case though. Those rarely come cheap - expect to pay at least $100 even for a modest one.

With all that said and done, it's not enough to keep me from highly recommending this case and oh yes, it is worthy of being Hardcore.

  • Plenty of expansion space
  • The bestest toolless PCI bracket ever
  • Removeable motherboard tray
  • Top notch construction

  • Holes in the side and front of the case
  • 3.5" bays are a little akward
  • No E-ATX support (I know, that's pushing it)
  • Price

Final Score: 94%