Thermaltake WingRS 100 Review

Desja - 2007-11-22 09:25:46 in Cases
Category: Cases
Reviewed by: Desja   
Reviewed on: December 19, 2007
Price: $39.50

Introduction:

If any of you out there are anything like me, you have built many PCs using scrap parts lying around, not paying much attention to aesthetics. At times I found myself stating with disdain: “a case is a case.” This statement brings with it a question; is this truly the case? Cheesy, poorly thought-out puns aside, how much really does a case affect the performance of your PC? Does the design keep it cooler and make better use of small space? The Thermaltake WingRS 100 case wants to take a shot at answering these questions in our review today.

Will the Thermaltake WingRS 100 case truly be your answer for your case needs? Follow along through the review and we can find out together if this case is going to live up to the Thermaltake legacy, or is it as I stated above, "just a case."

 

 

Closer Look:

The Thermaltake WingRS 100 doesn’t come in flashy packaging, just a brown box with black lettering for the label. Thermaltake's website can be found on the side of the box, which is helpful if the manual you received in the box has something missing and you need additional support. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The WIngRS 100 is secured in Styrofoam at the top and bottom of the case. It also comes wrapped in synthetic cheese-cloth like wrapping, to protect the case from scratches in shipping. Thermaltake has taken the time to ensure that the WingRS is secure in its' packaging during  shipment.

 

 

The WingRS comes shipped with screws, a PCI slot cover, and standoffs that will be needed for assembly. It also comes with the user manual. Pertinent information specific to your motherboard will have to be found in your motheboard manufacturer's manual for more in-depth information.

 

 

Now let's have a closer look at the Thermaltake WingRS 100 and its options.

Closer Look:

The case is very sleek looking. I am a big fan of black cases. The problem I have with this case is that the gloss black paint smudges and holds fingerprints, so I feel I cannot touch it. Much like any of you that have used a black iPod Nano, you know you are constantly wiping your fingerprints off of it. I will admit I do like the shiny black surface on the front, but it's just not conducive to something that will be touched dailly. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The side panel has an air intake and duct to feed cool outside air directly to the CPU heatsink. The duct is adjustable to get the cool air as close to the heatsink fan as possible. The large vent below the CPU vent for allows for more case heat venting. Something that is always welcome. As you can see when the front bezel is taken off, there is plenty of room for expansion with four 5 1/2 drive bays and room for a large optional 120mm fan.

 

 

 

The case does not offer a fan on the top of it, but as we have seen in other reviews, the big fans on the top of the case can interfere with the PSU, so this may be a good thing. This case also offers rubber padded feet so you wont scratch your desk, which is nice as well

 

 

The front also offers a large vent which is for venting the heat from the hard disks. This is very important as you will read about in our testing. When the blue LED is lit up on the case, I can see the light through the front vents which is very classy looking and as an added bonus, blue is my favorite LED color and matches my G15 keyboard as well as my Creative speakers.

 

 

Now let's pop the hood and see what we have to work with here.

 

 

Closer Look:

For such a small case, it does have quite a bit of room inside. Everything is placed where it should be - no extra jogs or unneeded functions to clutter the inside. One thing I need to note is the case uses thumb screws, which I prefer to standard Philips head screws. I didn't need to search for my Philips screwdriver every time I had to tweak something. There are plenty of drive bays for HD’s and optical drives. The four bays for the optical drives could double for server HD trays quite easily. A server room full of these cases would look pretty slick. The HD bays have a spot predrilled and tapped for an optional 120 mm case fan which would offer plenty of cooling for HDs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The side panel features an adjustable duct to bring cool air into the CPU heatsink. This works great for stock coolers but for some of the new mammoth coolers on the market, clearance leaves something to be desired. In order to use an after-market cooler, I would need to remove the plastic duct assembly. The case also comes standard with a 120mm fan for the rear to reduce the amount of heat buildup in the Thermaltake Wing RS. The installed fan was quiet once put into operation.

 

 

The back of the case has all the standard port holes and PCI slots. The hole cut for the power supply is big enough to support today’s new PSUs. It also fits your standard 450watt run-of-the-mill PSU. Fitting in with its simplistic build ability is the PCI slots. Instead of having to screw in every PCI card individually, the arm next to the PCI slots closes in place over all of the PCI slots and is held in place with a single thumbscrew. I like these quick fixes for those of us that have to tear down our rigs on an almost daily basis, as thumbscrews are a lot nicer to use then fumbling with my Philips screwdriver.

 

 

Another great aspect of the case is the quick release drive fasteners. With a quarter turn and a pull, I can slide out the optical drives and hard drives with ease. Another good idea Termaltake had with this case is its' preinstalled standoff's for seating the motherboard. Instead of having to put in every single standoff, this case has built in standoff’s and spots for proprietary boards with special bolt patterns. So if needed, you can add standoff’s for your specific board’s bolt pattern.

 

 

Now that we have seen what this board has to offer, let's put it together.

Installation:

In order to put the I/O plate in, I needed to remove the fan from the case. I only had to put in 2 standoffs to line up my motherboard and install it. I like to install my motherboard first before my PSU. Others may do it the other way around. I do not like having to maneuver around my PSU when attaching the motherboard to the chassis. After the motherboard is in place, I install my system memory. The less you have in the way to catch on the corners and in turn ruin your PC, the better. Next I install the case front panel cables to my motherboard. The length of the front panel audio connections were not as long as some I have seen. The factory routing left them too short to make the connections to the motherboard, so I had to clip some of the tie straps and re-run it through my hard drive bay section. Installing the peripherals correctly is the most important part of a new case install - always check the motherboard manual and make sure everything is correct for the power switch, speakers, HDD LED, and reset button. One thing I noticed is that this case does not have an internal speaker, so for those of you without the creepy Asus lady POST, you won't hear your POST unless you install a case speaker. You will also notice how close the 120mm fan is to the CPU heatsink. With an after-market CPU cooler, this may be an issue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I then started running my power cables, installing my hard drive, and optical drive. There is plenty of room behind the side panel to run the cables behind, which is nice for a cleaner case. As I mentioned before, the case uses quick release fasteners to hold the HDD and optical drives in place, which is quick and easy.

 

 

In order to install my optical drive, I had to punch out a hole by removing a thin piece of aluminum from the drive back. I also had to remove the black plastic cover from the drive bay. I then slid the drive in place and fastened it into place with the supplied tooless fastener and plugged in the SATA and SATA power connectors.

 

 

On this particular case, there is a front panel audio input/output and USB ports. In order to make them function, I needed to consult my motherboard’s manual to find the audio and USB ports positions on my board.

 

 

Installing my video card was easy after removing the PCI slot cover - just slide the card into place. I then installed my Creative Fatal1ty sound card, slid the PCI slot arm into place and tightened down the thumbscrew. If you are the nervous type or like me you are rough on your video and audio cards you may want to remove the arm and tighten the PCI cards in place individually.

 

 

Now let's check out the specifications and features

Installation:

Specifications:

 

Model

VG1000BNS

Case Type

Middle Tower

Net Weight

4.75 kg / 10.47 lb

Dimension
(H*W*D)

440.0 x 190.0 x 480.0 mm
(17.3 x 7.5 x 18.9 inch)

Cooling System

Front (Intake) : 120 x 120 x 25 mm (optional)
Rear (Exhaust) : 120 x 120 x 25 mm, 1300rpm, 17dBA

Drive Bays
- Accessible
- Hidden

10
4 x 5.25’’, 1 x 3.5’’
5 x 3.5’’

Material

SECC

Color

Black

Expansion Slots

7

Motherboards

Micro ATX , Standard ATX

Container Load

20’-430, 40’-920, 40’HQ-1070

Features:

Let's see how this case stacks up and do some testing.

Testing:

I will be testing the Thermaltake Wing RS 100 against a Super Case SK115. The testing will consist of two primary tests. the first test will be consisting of running under load for 40 minutes using Prime 95 version 25.4 torture test. The second test consists of monitoring key temperatures with the computer in an idle state for 1 hour. I will be measuring the chipset, CPU, ambient case temperature, GPU and hard drive temperatures for both cases on both tests. Temperatures will be in degrees Celsius, and of course, lower is better.

Testing Setup:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can clearly see, the Thermaltake did a pretty good job of keeping the PC cooler then the Super Case. This surprised me, because the Super Case did have 2 80mm fans and the same PVC piping from the CPU to the exterior of the case that the Thermaltake had.

Conclusion:

Now this is the part where I give my point of view. Did the Thermaltake case live up to the legacy? Yes, partially it did. The case was a quality build, with some handy features. I wouldn’t say this case is for serious overclocking enthusiasts, but I would say it is perfect for your average user that wants a nice looking case for a very decent price.

I was not happy with the length of the peripheral cables, as they were way too short, but the ability to hide cables without having the panel bulge was a nice feature. So back to the question - is this case just another case? Yes and no. While it functions exactly like most cases on the market, small things like the tool-less build ability, piano black finish, and blue LED set this one apart. The 120mm fan included was a very nice touch too. I recommend this to light users and as I said before, it would be great for a small server box. The down-side to this case is it's more of a focus on how it looks instead of how well it performs. By adding a few more fans and cluttering up the minimalist design of the case, it would have a much more practical use for those of us that want to overclock and not have to modify our case in order to do so.

 

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