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Reviewed by: Norman Tan [10.12.05]
Manufactured by: Thermaltake

 

Introduction

Now Thermaltake is not often known for being very original. In general, the designs are very heavily influenced by others in the industry with the additional of gaudy shiny lights. When the Tai Chi arrived for testing, I scoured the web for anything that was remotely similar to this case. The closest thing I could find was the Zalman TNN 500AF, at least on the exterior. The intereior, was a completely different story. When stuff is usually delivered to use, the happy FexEd or UPS people will usually lift up the box and carry it to the door. Not so with this case. As you can see from the picture below, the box that it came in was HUGE and absolutely dwarfed this little Shuttle box that I've put here for comparison.

Taking the case out of the box, I was simply amazed. Thermaltake can make some pretty amazing stuff and this Tai Chi was one of them. Every little thing on this case, from the doors to the frame to the 5.25" bay covers were made of alunimum. The case simply felt, solid.

The case opens to reveal the whopping 11 drive bays. The doors were held in by little magnets and I must admit, it was very 'click'. The amazing build quality of the case was evident everywhere and the doors were comparable to those made by Silverstone (a VERY high standard to meet!).

Coming in at 17.1 kg, this case is not light, especially with components installed, so Thermaltake decided to build in a pair of carrying handles at the top of the case. You can also see the USB, Firewire and Audio ports at the top. Towards the back of the case were several vent holes for heat from the PSU to escape.

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