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Thermaltake M9 Review

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I will be comparing the Thermaltake M9 VI1000BWS against the Apevia X-Telstar Jr. G Type and Thermaltake WingRS 100 enclosures to determine which case presents superior cooling and ventilation properties. My testing will compare the CPU, GPU, chipset, and hard drive temperatures in each of these cases in degrees Celsius. To ensure a level testing platform, I have recorded ambient temperature at 25 degrees Celsius.



Testing Setup

  • CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
  • Motherboard - Asus P5B
  • RAM - 2GB Kingston PC2-5300
  • Video Card - Gigabyte EN8600GT
  • Power Supply - 450w
  • OS - Windows XP Pro SP2
  • Ambient temperature - 25 degrees Celsius

Comparison Cases:









The Apevia case's side-panel fan earned it the best marks in the CPU and GPU tests, as it provided better airflow around both components.  The GPU temperatures were especially impacted because the Apevia's fan blew directly on the passively cooled 8600 GTS. If Thermaltake were to add a side-panel fan to the M9, I know its cooling potential would be significantly greater. Thermaltake's WingRS 100 case didn't do much to set itself apart from the others, posting middling scores all around. The M9 performed very well in the chipset and hard drive tests, and I was impressed by the drastic temperature differences versus its competitors. Let's see what the verdict is on the Thermaltake M9!


  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Case)
  3. Closer Look (Working Components)
  4. Installation
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing
  7. Conclusion
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