Thermaltake Xaser VI VG4000BWS ReviewAngry_Games - August 21, 2008
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The Thermaltake Xaser VI offers a lot of space to keep your components safe and cool. There are seven 5.25 inch bays for all of your optical drive and fan controller needs. The top two bays are where the integrated Liquid Cooling System would reside, if you purchase the case with the LCS included. All of the 5.25 inch bays use a tool-less design to allow easy installation and removal of the drives. Below the 5.25 inch bays are the 3.5 inch hard drive bays. The hard drives are screwed into removable cages that allow for easy removal and swapping of hard drives. There are a total of seven 3.5 inch bays, five in the removable hard drive cage, and two more on the floor of the case in removable drive cage, which can also be taken out to have fans installed in its place, for better case cooling. On the floor of the case, there's even enough room to add a dual 120mm radiator for an aftermarket water cooling setup.
Thermaltake also added more room to the expansion slots on the Xaser VI. There are a total of 10 PCI expansion slots, also with a tool-free setup, although the design takes some getting used to. Above the PCI slots, there's a 120MM LED fan which takes the hot air away from the CPU and expels from the rear of the case. Thermaltake has kept the power supply in the traditional top-rear of the Xaser VI, but has added a great feature to support it. There's an adjustable PSU bridge that can slide forward or backward, securing the PSU and supporting it, so that all of the stress is not on the rear of the case where the PSU screws in. With power supplies getting larger and heavier, this was a smart move by Thermaltake.
To make things a whole lot easier, Thermaltake has made the motherboard tray removable. This is the best feature a case manufacturer can include. There are also cutouts on the motherboard tray to make routing cables easy, and to improve airflow in the case with proper cable management.
Also included with the case are all of the accessories that you will need for your setup. Thermaltake gives you more than enough screws, standoffs, and zip ties to install and manage your hardware and cables. There's also a 5.25 inch to 3.5 inch bay converter for floppy drives, a 5.25 inch accessory bay for storing tools and more, and a fan which attaches to the hard drive cage, for added airflow around the VGA card.
Now that everything is out, let's install the hardware and see how the case performs.