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Thermaltake Matrix Review

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The Thermaltake Matrix Cases CPU temps are way too high for my tastes, instead of optional fans the cooling features could be standard fare. Of course, this will raise the price to some extent. I liked seeing the 120mm fan instead of the 80mm, but it still needs to come stock with the 120mm fan up front and not just have it as an option. This would provide an awesome blow through system to help keep the components cool. The design is very nice, that is one point for this case, but at first glance it's not very eye catching. I do like the Matrix's sleek simplicity but the M9 has a much nicer, more eye catching design to it than the Matrix.

Normally, I am a fan of Thermaltake products, but this one just wasn’t up to par with most cases in its class. During the installation I had major problems getting the hard drive and DVD-ROM into the bays, they are a little too tight for my liking.

All of the cons aside, it wasn’t the worst case I have ever used by any means; I still really like the side USB and audio access. The fact that it does not come with a piano black finish like the other Thermaltake cases is a bonus as well. The piano black looks great, until you actually touch it or if there is any dust in the room. At that point all bets are off when keeping that finish clean. This is not an issue with the Matrix

So in the end, would I recommend this case? Not as a case for an extreme enthusiast, but as a standard desktop case or even as an HTPC case, the Matrix is well suited for the job. I would however, love to see Thermaltake’s next stab at this design. I want to see better temps but keep the side access option, that was a nice touch. For now, as it sits without the additional optional cooling features, the case was outperformed by the comparison cases. At less than $50, you get what the case comes with. As a performance PC case, the Matrix is ill suited in stock trim, but add the optional cooling features to reduce component temperatures and you have a classy looking mid tower case.



  • Price
  • 120mm exhaust fan is a better choice over 80mm
  • Tool-Less design is sturdy and well made
  • Locking case
  • Potential



  • The bays are a little tight for my liking
  • Needs better airflow
  • The optional fan should be mandatory



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