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Thermaltake Mozart TX - Monster Dual System HTPC Enclosure - Final Thoughts

By: James Bannan | HTPC Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 3, 2007 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.5%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Final Thoughts


Part of me wants to write the Mozart TX case off as extreme and ridiculous. The other part of me thinks it's the grooviest and most innovative case I've ever seen. The size is, unfortunately, rather off-putting. Thermaltake are marketing this as an ideal case to house a media center system, and while they've certainly created a case which would make an awesome entertainment unit, I can't see too many people wanting to have such a large case in their living rooms. Thermaltake haven't made any real attempt to make it look like a home theatre piece of hardware so it doesn't integrate visually all that well, and it doesn't have much in the way of silent running features which so many other HTPC cases do. You'd have to put a fair bit of work into absorbing vibration and installing silent fans, or possibly using a liquid cooling system. Having said that, the case is already geared towards making such modifications easier.


To be honest, I'd suggest that this case is more suited to running as a dual-system server, or possibly as a housing for your primary gaming rig plus a low-power media machine.


Don't get me wrong - I really, really like this case. Thermaltake have demonstrated what can be achieved with a radical design and lots of internal space. It's the sort of case that gets you all excited and actually makes you want to build a new system, simply for the sheer pleasure of using it. Bear in mind though, that to kit out the Mozart TX fully with a secondary system, the 7" retractable LCD and adequate cooling to cope with all of this will mean a fair bit of financial outlay. The screen alone is almost twice the price of the case itself.


So as much as I want to be able to recommend this case, it's difficult to do so. It's a joy to work with and seriously, seriously cool - guaranteed to tickle any geek's nerve endings, but in my opinion it's too damn big to fit into any living room as an HTPC. If you've got the room and are prepared to put in the work, then I can't recommend it highly enough - go for it, and you'll have a conversation piece for years to come. If you don't though, then it becomes a specialist case without a niche - always a difficult situation to be in. It would make a fantastic case for a home server or high-end gaming rig. The internal space and expandability make it really compelling, and it would suit either role equally well.


But the overriding question is always going to be - have you got the room for the Mozart TX? I do, and I simply love it.


- Pros


Innovative and unique


ICT Technology promotes great airflow


Lots of internal space


Weight isn't a problem


Dual-system case


e.SATA support


Optinal 7" LCD and remote control


- Cons


Too big for an HTPC


Limited silent-running capability


Expensive to kit out fully


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Rating - 8.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Features Award



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