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Moving on with the show we have a few more features to go over. Probably the most notable at the moment with the first image presented on the page is a hinged side panel door. I have yet to see any case come with such a great feature as a door that opens and closes as opposed to a sliding panel which is on the opposite side. Of course as with most any cases, this one sports a hole in the motherboard tray which allows for easy swapping of heatsink or waterblock back plates without the hassle of having to remove your motherboard. Next up we have the bottom of the case which houses the PSU and is able to take on an additional fan should you choose to add one on the bottom. Last up we have an inside shot of the externally accessible hard drive bays.
Here we have our 5.25" bays. Note that at the very bottom is where you can insert a 3.5" device. In order to do so you must remove the front panel and take out six Phillips head screws to pull of the side of the case where the headphone holder is just to get to the screw holes. This is a little inconvenient however it's not really that big a deal. Next up on the rear of the case you can see our eight rear expansion slots. With the opposing side panel slid off you can now see there are tool-less clips to hold in your 5.25" devices. That being said, it would have been nice to have a tool-less solution for the 3.5" bay at the bottom. Also back here (though not discernable in the picture) is a lot of space. The space between the motherboard tray and the rear panel allowed me to fit almost my whole hand behind without effort. This is a nice touch as it allows you to route a ton of wires behind the motherboard tray and not have to worry about whether you will be able to close the panel or not. Last but not least here we have a close-up shot of the area behind the hotswappable HDD bays which consists of a single SATA power cable which is able to power all five drives. All data cables are simply connected at the rear next to the power connector and of course run into the motherboard. Keep in mind that if you do wish to be able to hotswap you will need to have AHCI or RAID enabled in the BIOS for your hard disk controller in order to be able to hotswap.
Here we have a picture of the back of the side panel door. As mentioned before, the fins behind the fan can move up or down to direct the flow of the inward air. Each of the LED fans appears to be outfitted with a special design on each blade which I assume is supposed to cut down on noise while maintaining a decent flow of air. Each of the clear fans pictured are all colorshift which is to say they are able to change between three different colors which are red, blue, and green, as well as a multicolor mode which displays all of those colors at once. The colorshift is also able to change between colors in a single color flash mode and of course if you don't want the LEDs on at all, it can also be turned off. Of the four fans included with the case, three of them are 200mm and the rear which is independent from the other three, is a 140mm fan.
Pictured here we have our top panel 200mm fan and next we have our included fan filters as well as the top cover to the top 200mm fan. We also have a look at the back of the front panel with the fan filter in it. Of course what case would be complete if it didn't come with some kind of accessory package which consists of a rather large black box.
Inside this black box are quite a few nice goodies. One of most notable mention is an 8-pin CPU extension cable so you can easily route your 8-pin wire behind your motherboard tray. Don't have an 8-pin plug on your board? No problem because the cable also has an offshoot of a 4-pin plug in case you are stuck with a older system. Also included in the box of course is an instruction manual as well as a certificate of authenticity and a ThermalTake 2011 product catalog. Since there weren't any specifications on the outside of the box I decided to include a snapshot of the inside of the manual which has the table right on the second page. Next up is a picture of our internal wiring which allows us to wire up all of the front/top panel I/O.
I have seen my fair share of cases equipped with USB 3.0 and still every one of them does not use internal headers but rather internal USB cables which need to be routed through to the rear to plug into USB 3.0 ports located on the rear of the case. I suppose this must be due to how new USB 3.0 is and probably the fact that no motherboard includes internal headers yet. Here we have a shot of a pair of the hotswappable HDD bays. Last but certainly not least is the finished build. Wire managment was a breeze with the large amount of space included behind the motherboard tray and as a nice convenience, nearly every standoff for your motherboard is already laid out on the tray for you just screw in a few more studs. Depending on your motherboard it could be more than a few especially with any mATX or E-ATX boards. Yes you heard me correctly, and it's right in the specifications. This case supports E-ATX so if you're looking for a full-tower that supports E-ATX this would definitely be a case to consider. Not a single complication presented itself during the build. Every component went in smoothly and there was plenty of space inside the case before and after installation. Only gripe I really can think of is how heavy this case became once it was filled.
Wow what an impressive feature packed case. Not only does it have great looks but great features to back it up. But does it have the performance to go with the package? Let's read on.