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Thermaltake SopranoRS 101 & WingRS 100

By: Mike Wright | Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 1, 2007 4:00 am

WingRS 100 - Interior



Like its bigger brother, the Soprano, this model has a pretty basic interior layout. The steel construction will ensure a long life and a stable work environment for your system, but it is not going to include a lot of the bells and whistles that many manufacturers are adding to the high-end line of enclosures. The main component area is fitted to handle either an ATX or a Micro-ATX motherboard. Let's take a closer look at what we have to work with.



The CD bays are located at the top of the drive tower and each bay is equipped with a small rail to make installation of your optical drives a breeze.



The drive bays for the 3.5" drives are just a bit smaller than the Soprano. The Wing series offers space for only four hard drives and two 3.5" devices. Of course, the bottom bay that could have been externally accessible is fitted with the front I/O ports, so that bay can be used as a space for a fifth hard drive. For a budget enclosure, this is a lot of space to work with.


As with the Soprano, there is a fitting in the front of the enclosure for a fan from between 80mm to 120mm, but it is not included in the base configuration. I would recommend adding a fan regardless, but it will be even more important of you decide to run multiple drives in this space.



There are a lot of similarities between the Wing and the Soprano and one of these happens to be the tool-free drive retention mechanism. Just as before, you simply turn the knob of the device, remove it, install the drive, replace the retention device and turn the knob back to its original position. The drive is now secured in the drive bay and has very little movement at all. This is one of the better retention devices I have seen.



Finishing off our tour of the WingRS is the PCI retention. It is a bit different than others I have seen but it was surprisingly effective. The panel you see above is normally secured with a thumb screw. Once it has been removed, this panel moves away and can be removed completely for ease of installation. From there you install your peripheral device and the tab will settle itself on the top area where you can see the screw holes. Once your peripherals are all in place, rotate the panel back to its original position and replace the thumb screw. When this panel is seated, it created force to the tab of the peripheral and keeps it firmly seated. A simple design, but quite efficient.


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