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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



Moving to the inside of the case and we see the first and obvious problem as ThermalTake did with previous Xaser cases. A quick shout out to ThermalTake - "People want Motherboard Trays!" These little and seemingly unimportant commodities really do make life so much easier when it comes to installing.


This particular model is slightly smaller than a full tower but also slightly larger than a midi tower. It is that happy medium where it makes installation of a motherboard easier than a midi tower but not so big that when you take it to your local LAN you're not going to put your back out of place.


ThermalTake have placed fans just about everywhere and not enough airflow will be a problem of the past. We have a number of fans within the case and two different kinds are found. Some of the fans feature blue LEDs and this is one particular upgrade that we have on the Xaser 5 over previous models.



Having a look through the inside of the case we will start at the top of the case. First up we see where the cables for the Firewire, USB and audio ports come down and in the same area we have an 80mm fan to help extract hot air that rises. This combined with a PSU fan or two really helps reduce heat as you can push a lot of air out the top.





As we said before just about everything with in the case can be installed with rails. This makes the overall installation of the case so much easier and as you can see we have plenty of room here for all your CDROM drives.


One very important question when it comes to cases is, "how hard is it to set up?" Due to the missing motherboard tray, we thought instillation would have been more difficult than it was. It was nice to see that the case has little screws that point out of the tray that help make the motherboard instillation extremely easy as you can use them as a guide and simply sit the motherboard on top and go from there.


Due to the case being a great size it was easy to move around in and the installation of hard drives, PCI cards a Graphics Card took no effort at all. Everything in the case is virtually screwless which makes life a lot easier when it comes to searching for that screw driver which you can never seem to find when it is most needed.


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