Thermaltake Soprano Dx CaseFormer staff writer - June 17, 2007
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Inside the case I found a box with the needed screws and standoffs, and a plastic bag that contained the user manual and a cloth provided to polish the case. This cloth was helpful as the finish showed finger prints easily. You can see that the screw assortment was quite extensive.
From this shot you can see the rear 120mm fan, the I/O plate, and below them the PCI slot back plates. Toward the top is the opening for your PSU. The cables hanging down are from the I/O ports on the top of the case: audio, USB, and the eSATA connection. Notice the audio cable is wired for either an AC97 or Azalia audio connection on your motherboard. The plate covers for the PCI slots are interesting in design and I like it a lot. Basically, flip up the black clip pull up on the back plate and remove it. Once your card is in place, flip the black clip back. It is really simple and completely tool-less.
Toward the front of the case is where we find the hard drive, 3.5, and 5.25 bays. The hard drive bay is removable by removing a thumbscrew at the bottom, then pressing down on a retention tab and sliding the bay out. This makes it easy to put your hard drive into it and securing it down. Notice the rubber mounts for your drive to keep vibration down. Once you have the hard drive bay out, you will also see another place to mount a 3.5 drive, if you so desire, and the front intake 140mm fan is visible.
The 3.5 and 5.25 bays are also tool-less for the drive retention. All you need to do is pinch the plastic tabs and let the retention clip swing open on its hinge. Then you insert your drive and swing the retention clip back down, making sure it snaps back into place. The small plastic tips on the clips will go into the holes where you would normally put the screws.
To insert a CD drive from the front of the case, you will need to remove a plate from the front bezel as well as the case itself by removing a few screws.