Thermaltake Spedo Advance Package Review

Desja - 2008-11-12 15:36:51 in Cases
Category: Cases
Reviewed by: Desja   
Reviewed on: December 1, 2008
Price: $199.00

Introduction:

It is finally happening; winter is here and it seems like it is going to stick around for awhile. It's cold outside and you have to bust out the ice scraper just to get to work. You pop your key in your ignition, and your car sputters and dies. This happens for a couple minutes until you just hear clicking when turning over your key. "Great just freakin great" you say grinding your teeth "the battery is dead." Looks like you are hoofing it to work today. On your way to work you pass by the lake and see a bunch of geriatric polar bear swimmers in their speedo's running into the freezing cold water and loving every minute of it.

 

What can we take from this lesson? Well the Thermaltake Spedo Case states better then anyone in its slogan "think excitement think spedo." Personally a speedo isn't the first thing that comes to my mind when I am thinking excitement but apparently someone in the marketing department in Thermaltake does. Let's see exactly how exciting the spedo is and also see if it measures up to a 70+ year old man running into ice water wearing glorified bikini bottoms; as far as its cooling capability goes.

 

 

 

Closer Look

I was pleased to see they went with a picture of the case and a ghosted image of a car going fast on there packaging instead of a creepy European sunbather guy sporting a leopard speedo. Once again I question their reasoning on the name but I digress. The packaging has a lot for interesting information on the case. The Thermaltake spedo is totally loaded in fact this is no standard spedo it's the "advanced package." At this point I was feeling pretty impressed with myself it's not just anyone that get the "Advanced package spedo." Sexual innuendo's aside I can't wait to get a look at this case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Thermaltake Spedo Advanced Package is well packed as are all Thermaltake products the foam protects the case from drop damage and the cheese type cloth keeps the case scratch and dust free.

 

 

The Thermaltake Spedo Advanced Package includes everything you would need for a new case plus a few extras, there are 2 psu extension cables one for pci-e and one for the motherboard cables. It includes all the hardware you need for mounting your board and fans. It includes an additional 120mm fan to put where you like. It also includes extra drive bay sleeves and a floppy drive bay reducer and faceplate.

 

 

Let's take a closer look at this case and its additional features

Closer Look:

The Thermaltake Spedo Advanced Package is a monster of a case not unlike its brother case the Thermaltake Armor. With of course one major exception it doesn't weigh 900 pounds like the Armor does. Which I exceptionally liked about this case. If any of you have ever tried carrying your case to a lan party or stubbed your toe on an Armor case then you can sympathize with me.

The look of the Spedo is very sleek and not disturbing at all like other Speedos I have had the torment of seeing in the past. If you were to wear this case as bathing attire you may actually pick up some ladies as apposed to the speedo's regular female repellent qualities. Also, you would stay nice and cool due to the abundance of fans this case has. Okay, I will admit this review is getting a bit ridiculous, but let this be a lesson to manufacturers: If you are going to release a product with phrases like "think excitement think spedo" and offer this product in a standard and "advanced package" mode, be ready to receive some serious ridicule at your expense. I don't know whether to congratulate the marketing department on a great marketing ploy or slap them. Of course this reaction hinges on some fact finding on the part of the seriousness of their title of the product.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After removing the front panel you can see the 120mm intake fan for the hd cooling, the exhaust fan's out the back are definitely adequate as well. There is a lot of drive space and modding space on this case. This would be one major server case due to the number of drive bays included.

 

Now we have seen the case, let's check out the extras it has to offer.

Closer Look:

The outside of the Thermaltake Spedo Advanced Package is impressive and all but let's see what is really going on with this case. There is a lot of boasting of cooling ability and multiple cooling chambers. There are also enough fans in this case to have central air in your house; let alone a computer case.

To start off with I will point out the number one reason I love Thermaltake cases. Tool-less design after years of breaking down and building one pc after another I am sick to death of my Robertson screw driver the less I see it the better. The Thermaltake Spedo Advances Package offers great tool-less expansion card and drive bay access. The tabs don't feel as flimsy as some I have seen in the past which is a bonus. I don't like leaving things to chance when plugging in $300+ videos card. I have had more than one instance with some "tool-less" cases where I popped out my card while plugging in a monitor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another great addition to the design of the Thermaltake Spedo Advanced Package is the wire hiding panels. This case has everything you need to keep a clean case. It also includes the extension cables you need to run everything cleanly.

 

 

Fans, fans, and more fans. The Thermaltake Spedo Advanced Package comes with a ton of cooling. There are 2 120mm fans in the rear of the case for exhaust. There is a 230mm at the top of the case for exhaust and a 230mm intake fan on the side panel. There is a 140mm intake fan in front that was shown when the bezel of the case was off and also a bonus 120mm fan shown in the extras photos on the first page to place either at the bottom of the case or behind the mother board. I mounted mine as an intake behind the motherboard. There is also a multi-chamber cooling system that uses plastic dividers to channel the air better.

 

 

 

I normally hate molex connectors; it is high time we changed the industry standard because they suck.  But, I will say the way the Thermaltake Spedo Advance Package designed the molex for the fans is ingenious. The connectors plug right in to each other in a daisy chain without the cumbersome wire jumpers. Another great feature of this case is the e-Sata, usb, audio, and firewire inputs that are located on the top of the case. I hate having inputs on the front, I end up kicking them and shorting out my usb port I have done it twice now. Granted this is mostly my fault but the front usb is a thing of the past in my opinion.

 

 

Let's get a closer look at the specs on this case.

Specifications:

 

Case Type

Full Tower

Material

SECC 0.8 mm

Front Bezel Material

Metal Mesh Color   

Color

Black

Side Panel

Transparent window

Motherboard Support

ATX,
M-ATX

Motherboard Tray

No

5.25" Drive Bay

7

Ext. 3.5" Drive Bay

1 (convertable from 5.25")

Int. 3.5" Drive Bay

6

Expansion Slots

8

Front I/O Ports

USB 2.0 x 2,
eSATA x 1,
HD Audio

Cooling System   

- Front (intake) :
  140 x 140 x 25mm red LED fan, 1000rpm, 16dBA
- Rear (exhaust) :
  TWO 120 x 120 x 25mm TurboFan, 1300rpm, 17dBA
- Top (exhaust) :
  230 x 230 x 20mm fan, 800rpm, 15dBA
- Bottom (intake) :
  120 x 120 x 25mm fan (optional)
- CPU (exhaust) :
  120 x 120 x 25mm fan (optional)
- Fanbar (intake) :
  120 x 120 x 25mm TurnoFan, 1300rpm, 17dBA
- Side (intake) :
  230 x 230 x 20mm fan, 800rpm, 15dBA

Liquid Cooling Capable

Yes

Liquid Cooling Embedded

No

Power Supply Supported

Standard ATX PS2

Power Supply Included   

No

Dimension (H*W*D) 

24.0 x 9.1 x 21.1 in
610 x 232 x 536 mm

Security Lock  

No

Application   

High-End Gaming System

 

Features:

Testing:

I will be comparing the Thermaltake Spedo Advanced Package Case against the Thermaltake Matrix, Apevia X-Telstar Jr. G Type, Thermaltake WingRS 100, and the Thermaltake M9 cases to determine if sporting a Spedo is not only more fashionable but more practical than other smaller cases, by this I mean best cooling in a range of tests. My testing will compare the CPU, GPU, chipset, and hard drive temperatures in each of these cases in degrees Celsius for both load and idle states. To ensure a level playing field, I have recorded ambient temperature at 25 degrees Celsius.

 

 

 

 

Testing Setup

Comparison Cases:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although I would say the Thermaltake Spedo did pretty well I wouldn't say it was so much better that it justifies the price difference. I would say the fact I could lift up the heat sink on my graphics card in front of the large side panel fan helped quite a bit and having the intake fan on the back of the motherboard helped a bit with chipset temps. Over all the case is huge and I was putting it up against smaller cases. The large fans in the smaller cases moved the hot air out much more efficiently. As far as air cooling it is ok, it does have the ports on the back to provide the ability to water cool which would take this case up a notch over the others. Now let's see how things stacked up.

Conclusion:

The Thermaltake Spedo Advanced Package tried its best and didn’t do too badly in the end. I personally wouldn’t be overclocking my cpu with the temps I saw with this case but I would be content over clocking my gpu with the temps I saw with it. The hd temps were good as well, which means more life for my drives which is always a plus.

Of course it comes back to the name, this case was not nearly as cold as an elderly polar bear swimmer after a dip. It did not live up to its name because my wife was not repelled by it so that is a plus for this case. This is a personal message to Thermaltake’s marketing department: What were you thinking? Is this going to become an industry standard? Are we going to see a cooler master plum smuggler or perhaps an Apevia Tighty Whitey? How much worse is it going to get? The day I see Asus release the Jock Strap Extra Large Package Gaming Case is the day I hang up my hat as a Reviewer.

Back to the point this case was great, I do like it. I would have liked to see better temps but it made up for the temps with some incredible extras and new case innovations. I would recommend this case to serious gamers and enthusiasts because if the case is good you can always throw on a water cooling system or some super loud deltas to bring your temps down. I like this case a lot more than the bulky cumbersome Thermaltake Armor and the design is very slick and easy to work with everything fit in this case without any issues. As a post script I will say; don’t beat your self up marketing department. This case wouldn’t have been nearly as fun to review if you hadn’t named it Spedo so for the wonderful innuendo filled time I spent reviewing your product I say thank you.

 

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