Thermaltake Xaser VI Mx VH9000BWS ReviewThe Smith - July 15, 2008
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I was stunned by the look of the Thermaltake Xaser VI Mx VH9000BWS. Since I always painted and modded my previous cases to beautify them, when I unwrapped the Thermaltake Xaser VI, the first thing that came to my mind was: "Wow, this case doesn't need to be modded, it can't be more beautiful than it already is." The shapes and colors are great. It will make your friends drool with envy.
The tool-less features are also great. All of the tool-less features are made of plastic, so you don't risk damaging your hardware. However, some are a bit hard to install and remove, like the PCI brackets and hard drive hangers. As I said earlier, you may need a screwdriver to remove them, which is against the tool-free concept. But really, how often will you be swapping out your hardware anyhow? If you are not a hardware junkie, a one time install will probably be all you will ever do.
And as a high-end case, it easily accomplished its mission. It has good air flow and allows the hardware to stay cooler than when installed in a standard case. Since it is roomy for a mid tower, you can install large processor heatsinks without any difficulties. It is deep and there is room left between the power supply and the motherboard so that fit is not an issue. The robust metal frame and panels would definitely protect the components installed inside. However, at 18.4 pounds empty, it may prove a bit too stout as a LAN party box. Good looks, water cooling capable, tool less design and good airflow make the Xaser VI one to consider when shopping for a new chassis.
- Tool-free design
- Good air flow
- Room for easy cable management
- Great look
- Removable hard drive cage and trays
- Liquid cooling capable
- Only one 3.5" external bay
- Motherboard tray not removable
- Fingerprints easily visible on the shiny black