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Reviewed by: Ed Lau [02.03.03]
Edited by: Carl Nelson
Manufactured by: Thermaltake

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Nice Rack!


The most obvious change to the reference Chenming design is the HD rack, which faces the side instead of the back.  This makes installation easier in that your video card doesn't get in the way, which it did for me in the Xaser II.  You can also change jumpers easier when replacing drives.  The cages are no longer removable but that's not much of a problem.  In fact, the drives are more accessible than ever.


Everything is on drive rails, including the hard drives.  Personally, I love drive rails.  They make installation much easier, not having to remove both sides of the case.  That being said, I have sort of a love/hate relationship with these drive rails in particular.  While they're easier than any other rails I've ever used since they don't even require screws, the rails themselves, being entirely plastic, are a little flimsy.  The Hardcano mounted at the top of the case on rails moves slightly if you push it in or out.  They do not feel as solid as the standard Chenming rails but I haven't had much of a problem with them. 


This has got to be the best implementation of the Hardcano yet.  Along with the usual temperature readouts from the flat thermistors, the new Hardcano includes a rheobus for temperature control, allowing you to make 4 of the 7 quiet fans even quieter or if you feel like installing a Vantec can turn it from a tornado to a gentle breeze.  A very handy feature if your computer is in the same room as your bed.

Totally Toolless

I cannot emphasize enough how this case is the most user friendly case I've ever used.  I've used some that are also completely toolless but none that are of this caliber.


In addition to the drive rails and clip-on fan mounts, even the PCI slots don't need a screwdriver!  To install a PCI card, pull the mount's tab up, insert the card into the slot and then pull the tab back.  It just doesn't get any easier.  At first, I thought that the tabs would be a little flimsy as they're made of plastic but they hold very securely.  Probably not as solid as using screws but hell, ever installed a PCI card in 10 seconds?


Now, there's a problem with this particular feature: it won't fit all PCI cards.  If the PCI card is too wide, then the clip won't fit it properly.  I had to do a little cutting before it would fit my GF4 Ti-4200.  Most cards will probably be fine but if they're wider than the slot itself, then you're gonna have to do some work.

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