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ThermalTake Xaser V Enclosure Review

By: Shawn Baker | Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 27, 2004 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: ThermalTake



When you first find yourself looking at the case you notice how similar this particular case is to the others in the long line. ThermalTake has simply modified the original Xaser case with a few noticeable differences. The Xaser V comes in three different colors - Black, Blue and the unit we have here today, Silver.


The particular model we are looking at here today is made of aluminum and is great when it comes to carting your case around to the local LAN party. Most of the detail is on the front of the case so let's look into it.



The front of the case is full of color and split into three layers. The top layer has a few special features. Starting from the top of the case we have one of ThermalTake's latest Hardcano front bay units. Now while this doesn't look like its' included on this model we have here, it is something that is on the ThermalTake website and may be available in other countries. This case is also an early demo and it's possible that it wasn't fully complete either.


This particular Hardcano offers a lot of features that really stand out. First up we have four knobs that give us the ability to control as many fans by adjusting the speed of the fans to your required speed. This is extremely helpful if your computer is in your room, as when you head to bed you can easily turn your fans down and make the noise more bearable. The Hardcano also has little probes so you can get the temperature in some of those hard to reach places.


On the front of the door we also have two giant knobs that control another two fans within the case. This combined with the four on the Hardcano gives you the ability to control six fans in total with ease. You also have an EL Lamp sticker on the front of the case which has four options - on/off/flash mode and lightning.



Unlocking the case half way and opening it up we find ourselves on the second layer of the case door. Here we have all bays for your CD-ROMs and so forth - five 5.25" drive bays as well as three 3.5" drive bays.



With the lock fully turned we can get to the final layer of the case which gives us easier access to the drive bays so we can easily install our devices, without screws I might add. We also have an 80mm fan at the bottom of the case with a filter. If you want to increase airflow a bit better you might choose to remove it but watch out for the increased dust inside the case as a result.



The particular model we are looking at comes with a window but there is also a model that comes without a window. This window is huge and some people may feel that it is a little too big and it will make it harder to hide some of the cables. Down the bottom left of the case we have another 80mm fan that is designed to help cool around your motherboard/video card area. This particular fan is a blue LED fan and really does look good when turned on. Above this fan is another one that will blow directly onto your video card and CPU area which is great for anyone using one of the more recent graphics cards that do get hotter than others.



Like previous Xaser cases, we see the very handy thumbscrews that make life a hell of a lot easier when it comes to case installation. With the thumbscrews we can pull the side of the Xaser V off with just a few quick turns. A screw driver is barley needed for the use of this case as long as the thumbscrews aren't too tight.


Finally we move to the top of the case and here we have, like its predecessor, some very handy little plugs. Here we have a Firewire port, dual USB 2.0 ports and audio ports. There is one annoying aspect about these ports and that is the placement of them. While if your case is on the ground its not too big a deal, if you do keep your case on your desk it is very annoying having the cables run down the side or front of your case disrupting your view or access to the case.



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