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



To see how this case did tempurature wise, a 3.6ghz prescott was installed along with a passively cooled x800 card. After waiting 20 mins for the system to get to idle tempuratures, two instances of prime95 were run and 3d Mark 2005 was looped for an hour. For comparison, we used an open bench setup along with an Antec SLK2600AMB.

Under idle and load, having a system installed in the Tai Chi is almost as good as laying it out in the open.

The thing that's great about the tech industry is that every once in a while, a product will be released that will shake things up and just be simply amazing. The Thermaltake Tai Chi is one of them. What's there not to like about the system? It's got simply one of the best builds I have ever seen and the space that it provides users is more than enough for even the most discerning of power users. The fin construction was unique and the removeable motherboard tray was a very nice touch. What's more, this case is future proof and upgrading to future standards is simply a matter of changing around a few parts.

As much as I wish it was, the case isn't perfect. Firstly, if a manufacturer is going to claim that something is tool-less, I expect it to be tool-less! The thumbscrews were nice, but definitely does not categorize this case as tool-less. Secondly, the PCI retention mechanism was unacceptable for a case of this quality. Finally, there was the small issue of the 3.5" cover being a little more work than necessary.

Price-wise, the Tai Chi is right up there. In fact, it is above almost every other case we've ever reviewed! Stores such as and TigerDirect are offering it in the $390-400 price range! However, if you shop around, you can find a 'good deal' such as those found at Digtially Unique for $315 and for just over $300. As always, do your research, and shop with care. We're only letting you know where the bargains are (at time of publication).

With only Zalman making consumer grade cases that are more expensive than this, it might be a tough pill to swallow, throwing down enough money for a decent video card on your case. But if you can afford it, you will be treated to one of the best cases we've ever come across.

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  • Amazing build quality
  • Innovative design
  • Attention to detail everywhere

  • Expensive
  • Not tool-less
  • PCI Retention mechanism