|Thermaltake Spedo Advance Package VI90001W2Z|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Tim White - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 01 June 2009|
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Detailed Exterior Features
The chassis exterior is made up mostly of black painted steel, black steel mesh and plastic trim on the front, top and feet. The molded plastic pieces blend very well into the steel parts. The fit and finish are all very nice, no gaps, no sharp edges. This case is very large and weighed in around 32 pounds.
Above you can see what is quickly becoming standard with front external inputs. Left to right is USB, 3.5mm headphone jack, 3.5mm mic jack, eSata, and another USB. Missing is the firewire port. Firewire seems to be losing ground to eSata very rapidly. This sits ok with me as nowadays the newest electronics; specifically digital camcorders aren't requiring firewire anymore.
To the side is the monster 230mm intake fan centered in an acrylic window. The fan is a wireless design of sorts, not that it gets power through the air but when you remove the door there are no wires to tug and pull out. It uses a simple contact system to power the fan when the door is attached. Notice the fan wire making its way to the bottom of the door to a very small contact. The door is held on with a rear latching system. This will be handy for those of us that constantly tinker. Simple but it works well. There are also thumb screws to fasten the door more securely.
Here's a closer look at the contact area for the door fan. This contact is on the bottom of the chassis side. These small contacts mate up with the contact plate mounted to the door. This system works great so far. In the small amount of time I've had with this case I've had zero issues.
Finally! I got my backside CPU vent. This can benefit users in two possible ways. One, you install the included fan and either direct cool air in directly on the back side of the CPU and motherboard or pump hot air out, or two, don't install the fan and remove the fan grill (granted some easy mod work, cutting etc.) to allow easy access to your screws on heat sink/fan without removing the motherboard. I like this a lot! ***follow up, since writing this article I've used the case a bit more. When used as an exhaust, this fan creates a good bit of noise. Enough that I have since unplugged it. I will follow up down the road, given the chance and try the fan bringing cool air in to see if it makes a difference in noise levels.
Rounding out the exterior features are the positional feet. These feet swivel outward to allow more stability. The case weighs enough in my experience that this would be unnecessary. Although if for some reason it was freestanding somewhere for example in the middle of the floor and not against a wall or desk it's tall enough that it could get pushed over if bumped so this could be a case of better safe than sorry? These feet swivel in and out and are held in place by friction and eight small offsets around the swivel point. Once the feet are positioned they stay in place very well.