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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [05.01.06]
Manufactured by: Thermaltake









Each of the 5.25" bays are shielded with a non-replacable "twist-off" plate, reminding me of a cases I've used that cost 1/10th of what the Eureka does. The door should work sufficiently as an EMI shield when closed, however.

The drive rails are cleverly hidden behind each 5.25" plastic cover. This way, you shouldn't come across the issue of losing drive rails (as I have, in the past). This is good, because the 5.25" bays do not have holes drilled for standard installation without a rail. Thermaltake has made no effort in making the Eureka a tool-free installation. That's fine by me - cases rarely are able to maintain 100% tool-free installation anyway, and when they do, fastening devices often break down or get lost.

Note however that whatever 5.25" device you're installing must have standard installation holes, like those of a DVD ROM drive. If they don't, you may not be able to install the rails, and the Eureka requires rails to isntall anything in these bays.

Installation of external 3.5" devices is handled a bit better; the entire tray comes out, allowing installation of up to two 3.5" using standard installation methods.

In addition to the two external 3.5" bays, the Eureka provides room for 5 more internal devices. Each tray slides out, and the bottom mounting holes on hard drives are used. In an attempt to help with vibration, Thermaltake used rubber grommets and special screws for hard drive installation. This caused more of a hassle than anything though; the rubber grommets were soaked in grease in my sample, and everything I touched after isntallation got all mucked up. Also, you'll need to keep the extra screws, as you won't be able to install a drive without them. Finally, the rubber grommets are somewhat of a futile effort to reduce case noise - this case with two 120mm fans spinning at 1300 RPM, was never intended to be a silent solution. The fans will likely drown out any noise a hard drive could provide.

This is the first time I've come across an expansion card holding mechanism like this. It works quite well; my only complaint would be that when the bracket is pulled out, all cards installed as 'released'. When installed, it holds the cards in quite tightly. There are also standard threaded holes allowing devices to be installed the 'good old way'.

Overall, the Eureka provided an easy installation, and serves well as a good basic extended ATX tower case. It doesn't have much in the way of frills or gimmicks - it doesn't even come with a power supply - but that is fine by me. Most of us will have our own parts we prefer to use, anyhow.

Since it is such a simple case, there really isn't much to say - everything it intends to do, it does well. Of course, it doesn't intend to do much but be easy to use, and look good.

One concern I have is the price - since it's made almost entirely of aluminum (with the exception of the ugly plastic face, which granted will be covered 99% of the time by the door) and is of considerable size, the Eureka isn't cheap. As you can see above, you should expect to pay upwards of $160 USD for one of these, without a power supply.

However, if you're spending the money on a couple Opterons and a server motherboard, this isn't likely to be a big deal to you. If it isn't, I can't see much reason not to recommend the Eureka, unless you're looking for blinking eyes, or a glowing Louis Vuitton logo.

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  • Supports Extended ATX motherboards
  • Almost entirely aluminum
  • Removable motherboard tray
  • Plenty of expansion available
  • Looks great!

  • Expensive for a very basic case