Thermaltake Xaser VI Mx VH9000BWS ReviewThe Smith - July 15, 2008
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When you open the case, you will immediately see that there is a power supply support bar. It can be taken out by removing four screws, two at each end. You will also notice the hard drive cage, which is also held in place by two screws and two clips.
The hard drive trays are tool-free. However, the hard drive hangers that you install on the tray (see the second picture) are a bit hard to remove. You will need either strong nails or a screwdriver. If you prefer using screws, it is also possible.
Here are the other tool-free features which include the PCI brackets and the 5.25" drive bays. As you can see, a PCI or PCI-E card is connected quite securely in there. Optical drives are connected by a lever with two small pins that enter into the screw holes. (The hardware in the pictures is here to demonstrate how it is installed. It is not supplied with the case)
The case features an HD audio connector as well as an AC'97 audio connector. Obviously, the LEDs and switch connectors are there. What's interesting is that there is a SATA cable that can be plugged directly onto the motherboard. It allows the e-SATA port to be used, so no need for an external hard drive bracket at the rear of the case.
The fans used it this case are also made by Thermaltake. They pull 0.30A each on a 12V molex connector. Each runs at a low 1300 RPM and does not bruise the eardrums at only 17dBa. The one on the right has four blue LEDs.
You can store unused cables behind the hard drive cage. This area can be accessed either by removing the cage or the side panel.