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ATX Mid Tower
Side Panel Window
Power Supply Shroud
Front Panel USB
- USB 3.2 Type-A
- USB 2.0 Type-A
Motherboard Form Factor
- Micro ATX
- Mini ITX
Full-Height Expansion Slots
Half-Height Expansion Slots
Maximum Video Card Length
- 278 mm / 10.945" With Drive Cages
- 420 mm / 16.535" Without Drive Cages
- 515 mm x 250 mm x 497 mm
- 20.276" x 9.843" x 19.567"
External 5.25" Bays
Internal 3.5" Bays
- 63.989 L
- 2.26 ft³
- 29 points
- 21 months ago
from completed build Velocitous Floating-point Digitator
As far as I can tell, there is only one reason to choose this case: the 5.25" bays. Fancy new cases are dropping the external expansion bays, and if you don't need or want them, there are better cases - Fractal has some excellent offerings, as does NZXT. But this case is great if, like me, you want to retain an optical drive or a hot swap HDD bay (I wanted both). I will be using the 2.5" hot swap bay for a Linux boot drive (the machine will boot to Windows 10 from the NVMe drive if there is no bootable drive in the hot swap bay or if the bay is turned off), and I occasionally use the 3.5" bay for checking backups of our family file server.
The case does have a few oddities: first, it is advertised as having six HDD mounting options, but this is a bit misleading: there is an HDD bay with three HDD trays, and there are three locations behind the back panel where you can mount an HDD/SDD by hanging one of the trays. There are no standard mounting holes for screwing in HDD/SDDs. The case comes with only three HDD trays, so you can only have three drives at a time, unless you can get Thermaltake to answer its customer service emails and send you additional drive trays. I couldn't - Thermaltake has ignored my email asking about the availability of additional drive trays.
The cable management holes in the back panel are also placed poorly with respect to the 5.25" bays, so that you cannot screw in your 5.25" drives without removing the bays entirely first. The case provides a toolless mechanism that is intended to make it so you don't have to screw in your drives, but it only holds one side of the drive, so for some drives/accessories, there is a bit of "give" on the other side, without screws. And the hot swap bay I used would not allow the toolless mechanism to lock in at all without me removing the drive bay first. So my toolless install wasn't toolless at all.
Finally, the case overall is rather sturdy, but the front panel where the intake fans/radiators are mounted is rather flimsy, and the removable filter is a bit tough to remove. In fact, the plastic tab that holds it in place broke off when I tried to remove it. :/ I used an inordinate amount of cyanoacrylate in this build.
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