|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 Interior Features
The front bezel is removed for cleaning and drive insertion or removal very easily. All that is needed is a sturdy tug outward from the bottom of the bezel. There are six friction pins located one in each corner and one mid way up on both sides. Seems Thermaltake took a page from one of my favorites, Lian Li with this design.
This system works very well and I would not mind one bit if all chassis manufacturers did this. Once pushed in place there is no hint that the front is not held on with screws. Very tight, tight enough that if you didn't know this type of system was in place you might think you're going to break it by pulling it off. You can also see the foam inserts behind the mesh covers. This will keep the dust out of your system but it will also lower airflow. This foam is easily removed if you desire more airflow.
Here are the hard drive caddies. You can see three individual caddies here. There are six like this in total. One easy push on the grey tabs releases the caddy and allows the removal of any single disk. To put the disk back in, just push the caddy all the way in and close the black lever until you hear it snap into place.
Behind the hard drive caddies is the optional and adjustable internal fan mount. This fan mount can slide up or down enough to cover all either the top three internal 3.5" bays and the lowest top 5.25" external bays (this would be handy if you use the 5.25" to 3.5" adapter) or the bottom three 3.5" bays and the upper most lower 5.25" bay, again would help if using the adapter. This fan mount will also tilt up or down approximately 15 degrees.
Here is a single hard drive caddy. The hard drive is held in place by those small rectangles. On the inside of those rectangles are posts that pivot into the screw holes and when slide into the chassis are held in against the drive. FYI, I have a Seagate 500GB drive installed here. Now these drives are lower height than most others but I'm unaware of any other outside dimension difference, however I did have trouble getting those pins into the mouting holes of the disk. I've looked at this some more and have found that all that is needed is a slight push down to allow the holes to line up. This is very easy once you've done it a few times. I tried a Western Digital and a Samsung drive and did not have any trouble.
This is the PSU vent on the bottom of the case. It comes with a filter installed as most intake fan mounts do. This filter probably blocks airflow by at least 50% (my best guess). If I were going to have this case sitting on say longer carpet I would definitely leave this in place. If I would have this case on a desktop or some other hard smooth surface I would probably remove this filter for increased airflow. I love this bottom mounted PSU vent. The omission of this always makes my cons list in bottom mount PSU case designs. Another leg up on the competition... This design has my Corsair TX750 running cooler than it ever has. Simply due to the fact that it does not have to recycle hot internal air from the chassis.