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Thermaltake Suppressor F51: Introduction
The bell rings and Thermaltake again comes out swinging. This time it is with the Supressor F51. This hot little mid-tower case breaks the mold by offering a level of sound control not typically found in computer cases. But it is certainly no surprise coming from Thermaltake. With an impressive line of power supplies, CPU coolers, fans, gaming peripherals, and nearly 150 computer cases, Thermaltake is always on the edge of the latest style and technology. If you don't game or do any overclocking, then chances are your system is quiet, as it never really gets a workout. But gamers and overclockers know how loud things can be when you stress your system and the fans have to spool up to get rid of the heat; your computer can sound like a deck of an aircraft carrier. Ok, I exaggerate, but things can be a bit noisy and manufacturers put a lot of engineering into making fans as quiet as possible. But when you need to move a lot of air, the trade off is usually some noise. Is the Supressor F51 the answer? Let's find out if it can "suppress" the sound.
Thermaltake Suppressor F51: Closer Look
Taking a look at the front of the box, it is fairly plain. There are no fancy multi color monsters or dragons in the background; just some mono color illustrations, and that is just fine. On the front is a nicely illustrated 3/4 view of the case, the Thermaltake Suppressor F51 logo, and the Tt LCS Certified badge that lets you know that this case is officially supports liquid cooling. If you are not familiar with this, here is a little blurb from the Thermaltake website: "Tt LCS Certified is a Thermaltake exclusive certification applied to only products that pass the design and hardcore enthusiasts standards that a true LCS chassis should be held to." This is an internal certification that Thermaltake uses to let you know that a particular chassis has been tested to be compatible with extreme liquid cooling configurations. And it really boils down to being liquid cooling friendly. Moving to the rear of the box, we have a great exploded view showing all the case components. There is a lot going on here, that is for sure.
One end of the box shows illustrations of two case versions (with and without side window) and a list of the case specifications. The other end of the box shows a few brief features in twelve languages.
The case is in a clear plastic bag and sandwiched between two heavy Styrofoam end caps. The end caps do a great job of protecting the case during shipment. After all the packing is removed, I can see the entire case; very nice, and very clean. I notice that for a case this size, it seems a little heavier than I expected - not in a bad way, but I wonder what is going on inside. The next thing I do is remove the clear protective plastic from the side window. Now we are ready to see the details.