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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Thermaltake Spacecraft VF-I Computer Case
Closer Look: Spacecraft VF-I Exterior
Closer Look: Interior
Spacecraft VF-I System Build
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: Interior

Onwards with our journey now, time to go inside and see what's good or not. Removing the side panels from the Spacecraft VF-I was not easy to say the least, I thought they were secured elsewhere but they are just on really tight. Replacing them is much the same and is a right pain in the backside, it's these sort of things that can give a company a bad name..

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The interior of the Spacecraft VF-I is quite basic as interiors go. Simple screws to secure your expansion cards, simple plastic tool free drive mounts and a very minimal amount of metal used to construct the chassis. It looks like a cheap case in person but actually feels quite solid to handle and work with. You have room for CPU coolers up to 168mm tall and video cards up to 320mm long and room for a 120.2 (240mm) watercooling radiator in the roof.

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When you look at how close the 120mm exhaust fan is to the top and the side of the chassis you get a good idea of how tight it is going to be inside the case when installing your hardware, in this case it is going to be rather tight up at the top end but if you install your CPU cooler and it's fans beforehand you won't have so much of a problem in this department.

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In the back there is enough metal to allow us to hide our wires out of the way, due to the lack of cable routing cut-outs and the fact that the left edge of the motherboard tray is turned and actually stands 6mm proud negates any space that there is back here, normally you would have a hole to pass through your 24-pin and VGA power cables but we will have to be creative to overcome this little obstacle.

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Where there are no obstructions you get 12mm of clearance to route cables, add to that the clearance you get from the raised area of the side panel and you get approximately 18~20mm for cable routing.

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The front panel pops off real easy and gives you access to remove the filtered 5.25" ODD covers and the external 3.5 inch cover, you also get access to the removable front air intake filter. You may notice that there is no fan installed in the front, there is only one fan installed in this case and that is at the rear as an exhaust. I think I would have preferred intake to exhaust, still it's only four screws away from rear to front I guess.

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The PSU area has a slightly raised part that allows your PSU to sit off the bottom of the case but there are no type of anti vibration mounts in sight.



 

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# RE: Thermaltake Spacecraft VF-I Computer CaseAdam 2011-09-21 15:07
It looks like a spaceship made of pure ugly.

But then again, for 50 you could do far worse in terms of functionality.
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# InterestedCharles Etheridge 2011-10-03 23:56
This sounds like a case worthy of attention, but as it happens I currently have a CoolerMaster 922HAF, and I am happy with it.
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# MehEd 2011-10-04 17:53
What is it with Thermaltake? Their cases never have any room behind the motherboard.
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# RE: Thermaltake Spacecraft VF-I Computer Casedlb 2011-10-04 18:38
Overall, a pretty good case for the price IMO, but I've never really been a fan of ThermalTake's aesthetics on their cases, but I know this one (as the others) will definitely appeal so a lot of budget gamers... the inclusion of a single fan really what I would call "cutting back to save a buck"; one in front plus the rear exhaust is generally considered standard, even in so-called budget cases...
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