|Thermaltake DH101 HTPC ATX Case VF7001BNS|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 05 November 2007|
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Detailed Exterior Features
So far, Thermaltake has done a good job fashioning the DH101 HTPC case for their Digital Home Series of products. Since I plan on using the VF7001BNS for my own digital home theater project, I have confirmed that the product line is aptly named.
There are two HTPC product SKU's in the DH101 Digital Home Series: the VF7001BNS (pictured below) and the VF7000BNS. The VF7001BNS is the more advanced of the two products, offering a 10-button hot-key function area, and a Volume Control Knob. The VF7000BNS is identical in every other way, but does not include these items in the front bezel design.
Thermaltake placed the I/O panel behind a slow-release door assembly which clips securely into place. The DH101 HTPC ATX series offers both the headphone and microphone mini-jacks, two USB 2.0 capable ports, and a single IEEE-1324 Firewire port. Keep in mind that your motherboard must support header connections for each of these features for them to work.
The high performance thermal management ventilation is evident at ever angle of the VF7001BNS. With so much open mesh ventilation, you might even consider a passively cooled system to maintain complete silence during operation.
Although the front panel VFD screen does not generate much heat, the vented bezel offers a subdued location for cool air to be drawn into the DH101 HTPC ATX case. With a single 120mm fan resting behind the front panel, this ventilation should provide more than enough airflow, and the location should assist in restricting noise leaks.
Thermaltake has used several different engineering techniques to strengthen the VF7001BNS HTPC chassis. With a press-formed lower tray section, the structural rigidity is enhanced by the many long (and functionally useful) bends in the sheet-metal panel.
Located at the bottom of the DH101 series are four gold-plated cushioned foot stands. Even with the smallest features, the VF7001BNS blends high-tech fashion and aesthetic elegance.
Now that we have a good understanding of what we are working with on the outside, it's time to remove the cover and take a look inside this HTPC case. Please continue on to get a closer look at the DH101 interior features.