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



The doors of the case open to reveal something that is very spacious inside. Check out the thickness of the doors (well, the fins). The left door in this case also had mounting holes for a watercooling setup and looked to be more than sturdy enough to accomodate any gear.

In case you were wondering, yes, that is a hydraulic arm on the left door. It probably wasn't needed (well, maybe if you used a water cooling setup), but there is nothing cooler than having a door open with a wooshing sound. If anything, this adds to the uniqueness of the case.

Normally, at at this point, I would talk about the USB and Firewire headers, but it seems like all manufacturers who send cases our way have learned and standardized. In short, it's something that is expected, but no longer worthy of mentioning anymore. If by chance we do get a case that does not have those one piece headers, you the reader will be the first to know.

Let's install some devices shall we? First off, there is the single 3.5" bay. As with the VA8000 Armor case we saw a few months back,  we have a removable bay that allows one to mount a floppy drive in it should they desire. I decided to switch things up a little and install a hard drive here. If a floppy was desired, a pair of pliers would be needed to remove that front cover.

Thermaltake claims a tool-less design, but it really isn't at all. Installing the above bay required unscrewing thumbscrews on both sides of the case, sliding in the part and then securing it with 2 thumbscrews on either side of the case. Of course, you couldn't get it tight enough by using your hands so a screwdriver was needed. A rail system would have been very nice here. Here we can see the top 3.5" drive installed along with an optical drive on the bottom.

Installing an optical drive was a pretty straighforward affair. First, one needed to remove the machined aluminum cover. The attention to detail was simply amazing. These fine pieces of aluminum hooked securely to the case, but thanks to the curved right (left in thise picture) edge, they were also very easy to remove.

With the cover removed, it was a matter of sliding the optical drive in and securing it with thumbscrews as shown above. Thermaltake included a full compliment of thumbscrews that would be enough to fill up all the bays with no problems. Here we can also see the power and reset buttons and LEDs on the 3.5" bay.

But what if we want to install more harddrives?

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