|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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Closer Look: Spedo Interior
The interior of the Spedo Advance is all done in satin black paint which matches the external color perfectly. It is very smooth with no sharp edges that I noticed and the black color gives any case that clean finished look.
With the front bezel removed you can see mounting room for four 5.25" external drives at the top and three 5.25" drives at the bottom. In the center, directly over the HDD bays is a single red LED 140mm intake fan. This fan as well is uses the standard 4 pin molex plug. To the right of the top external bays are the power and reset momentary switches, the HDD activity LED and the power LED. Although fans usually equal cooling, I'm starting to notice there are many fans which may contradict each other. Blowing front to back and left to right and out the top. Let's hope this does not create too much noise.
Here's a good view of the A.T.C 3 (Advance Thermal Chamber 3) design. In theory this should keep each heat source separate from the others and allow each cooling system to do its job better without interference. The quick release system for the 5.25" and hard drive caddies work extremely well and are well thought out. An easy push on the grey tabs and the black bar swings out releasing the drives. The hard drive caddies can be removed singly or in two groups of three. If you are wondering why there is a slot in the metal with a locking tab, read on, this is the optional positional fan mount.
The first thing I noticed with the right door off was these three large squares. These are part of the C.R.M. 3 (Cable Routing Management 3) design. The top right quarter of these squares offers a mount for a single 120mm fan. This in my mind is another must have in this type of case. Again, even if you do not mount a fan there, it would not take much to remove the fan grill and use the opening to change HSF on the fly without removing the motherboard. At this price range and level there is no reason not to have this hole there from the factory. This to me is one more leg up the Spedo has on its competition. To the left you can see the hard drive mounting system which gives very easy access to power and data connections to your drives. At the very inside top is the 230mm exhaust fan. Very similar design and function to the Antec 900, 1200 series.
Here's a good example of how clean this case can be. The cable management is excellent. There are strategically placed holes in the motherboard tray which allow all wiring easy access from front to rear of this tray. The big squares although not more than just covers for the wires do add a nice touch. Under these squares are cable ties and the bulk of the unsightly cables. This was certainly the easiest case to keep wires neat and tidy with. There is plenty of room on the back side of the motherboard tray. I've seen so many cases with hardly any room between the motherboard try and the side panel which makes it near impossible to do a nice clean wiring job.
When you first open the case and remove the left door there is an accessory box in the lower 5.25" drive bay mounts. The included accessories are one 120mm fan, several screw bags, a PSU connection extension, an 8 pin CPU power extension, a single 5.25" to 3.5" external mounting bracket and bezel and 5.25" to 3.5" internal mounting brackets. Not an overwhelming group of accessories but certainly a decent amount of included value vs. having to purchase these items and possibly holding up your build.