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Thermaltake Xaser II 6000 Plus Enclosure Review - Interior

What happens when you take a Chieftec case with the Antec SX1030 design and add aluminum to the mix? You get the Thermaltake Xaser II 6000 enclosure. But good looks and an already solid design aren't all that it has to offer. Come join Mike "Darthtanion" Wright as he takes a look at this very case and finds out if Thermaltake was able to enhance an already excellent enclosure.

| Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 5, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%      Manufacturer: Thermaltake

The Inside

 

 

Once we crack open the side of this thing, we can see why I enjoy this design so much. There is ample room for nearly any motherboard and it has both drive bays and fan mounts to spare. It also consists of a very sturdy construction that isn't all that common in cases today, so it adds even more to the desirability of this design.

 

So let's get down to business and see what we have to work with here, shall we?

 

 

We'll start off with the 5.25" drive bays. There are four total but only three are still usable. The top bay is where the HardCano unit is mounted, so you'll just have to be satisfied with only three optical devices. But considering that three is a standard for many enclosures that I have seen, this shouldn't be too much an inconvenience.

 

The cabling that you see on the rear of the HardCano unit is the brains of all its functions. The two thick cables are for the Firewire and the USB ports. The smaller wiring on the right side is the fan hookups and the thermal probe. All in all a very simple operation here.

 

 

Next up are the 3.5" drive bays. Notice that there are two bays that can handle three drives each. Also note that the entire bay can be removed from the case. This makes it a breeze to install additional drives since you can just remove the bay and install the drive while it sits on your work table, or your lap if you don't have a work area. No more dropping screws and then trying to fish them out of the corners of the case.

 

The layout of the 3.5" bays also allows you to have two drives that require external access. So if you use both a 3.5" floppy and a ZIP drive, you're still in business. And best of all, this still leaves space for up to four hard drives. Can you say RAID?

 

 

Remember when I told you that I was able to sit on the case and not have any worries? Well the photo above shows why this is possible. The rear corners are braced for extra support. The front doesn't need any help because it has the added support of the front bezel, but the back end gets some help in this area and it pays off nicely. Though it may not seem like much, it goes to show that the case is designed to last for a very long time.

 

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