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    Thermaltake Xaser Series Full tower ATX Cases Review
    Author: Alan Wong
    Date Posted: May 23, 2004
    Xaser V WinGo V8000A - SLRating: SLRating: 8.5/10
    Xaser V Damier V5000A - SLRating: SLRating: 8/10
    Bottom Line: Thermaltake Technology recently released their new line of Xaser Series Full tower ATX Cases. SLCentral evaluated the external and internal structure of the Xaser V WinGo and Damier cases, we found both good things and bad things about the Xaser V read on to find out more........

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    Front Panel Door

    The first thing that I noticed was the front bezel that sports the cool looking Electro-Luminescent (EL) insignia that was crafted onto the door. When turned on, it gives the case a suave touch. Amazingly, the front of the case consists of 2 doors, the 1st door is the drive bay door, which covers the 2nd door and the 2nd door is the panel which contains things such as the power and reset button as well showing the optical drives and 3.5" external drives. Behind the second door is the front housing of the case and that part of the case is where you install all your 5.25" drives as well as your external 3.5" drives.

    The 2-way door is secured using a locking mechanism. The lock can lock 3 ways: all doors unlocked, 2nd door locked only, or all doors locked. The piece that houses the locking mechanism also contains the Power LED as well as the Activity LED, which can be viewed regardless of whether or not the door is open, since they do not lie behind the door.

     

    Of course the most distinctive feature that makes the bay door unique are the 2 knobs located on the top and bottom of the door. Each one of those knobs controls the speed of a Thermaltake Smart Fan 2 series case fan. It can go anywhere from silent 1300 RPM to a somewhat noisy 3000 RPM and of course, the tradeoff for the loud noise is the extra airflow from the fans. This can come in handy for those people who like to overclock and/or game to such an extremity that their rig starts to produce lots of heat that they want to get rid of.

    Behind the bay door are of course the drive bays themselves. To my surprise, the Xaser V was engineered to hold up to five 5.25" drives, which is a lot considering most typical cases only have up to four 5.25" bays. Also located on this panel are your standard two 3.5" external bays for your floppy or zip drive or what have you. Adjacent to the two 3.5" external bays are the power and reset buttons.

    Below the two 3.5" external bays are a series of vents that allow air into the case to cool the system and of course behind the vent is a fan. Some low quality cases donít have this, which really hinders the case of good air circulation within the tower (and therefore increases the temperature) but luckily with the Xaser V, this isnít the case. The only downfall about the vents is that when the bay door is closed, it covers the vents and basically it canít suck in a lot cool air into the system. Nonetheless, the front vent and silent 21dB 80mm fan still helps even when the door is closed, since there are always small seeps and spaces that allow some air to flow into the bay door and into the case.

     

    Amazingly, the panel behind the bay door is also a door and behind it is also another panel. This panel is used to install your 5.25" drives and 3.5" external drives.

    Installing a 5.25" is very easy. All you need to do is snap on drive rail at each side of your optical drive and slide it in until it snaps into place. Removing the drive only requires users to push the tabs inwards and pulling the drive out. For installing the external 3.5" drives, there is a slide able tray that you can slip your drives into.

    All the way at the bottom is a knob which locks the side panel.


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    1. Introduction
    2. Specifications
    3. Front Panel Door
    4. Rear of Case/USB
    5. Internal Structure
    6. Conclusion

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