by Rob Williams on October 19, 2006 in Full-Tower
Thermaltake has had great success with their Armor and Kandalf cases, and there was a natural step to take to bring them both to the next level… water cooling! For $100 more above the price of a standard Armor case, you can have one complete with a well designed WC setup.
Good air circulation is something Tt believes in well, and that’s evidenced by the top of the case. Here we have an open air honeycomb design, to let fresh air seep in, or depending on your fan setup, it could be a release for warm air. Also here are a few USB ports, firewire port and audio ports.
The top drive bay is where the power and reset buttons are located. Also here are the HDD and Power LEDs.
As it should be, one side is completely clean of anything.
Looking through the back, you can see styrofoam a plenty. Two keys also adorn this side, which must be cut off. The key is to lock the side panel on, though it’s up to you whether or not you actually need to lock it. The back as a whole… is like most other cases. You can see the top 80mm fan and middle 120mm fan also, both being for exhaust. The four circles below the top fan can be popped out if you want to go with an external radiator.. the tubes can go in this way.
When you first unpackage the tower, the entire window side will be coated with a film of plastic that is easy to remove, and leaves absolutely no residue. The door has two latches used to remove it from the case, and also the keyhole.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that Tt wants you to receive the case in great condition, because they fill any available space with styrofoam. In behind these pieces are two small boxes, with all of the water cooling related contents.
The first thing I pondered after removing the inside contents was “Holy holes”, because this case is chock full of them. Beside the usual motherboard holes, there are many more scattered about. In general, it allows you to customize the inside of your case to your liking, with the ability to screw in a piece of hardware near anywhere.