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Thermaltake Xaser III Super Tower Case Review (Page 3)

By Mike Wright on Apr 11, 2003 11:00 pm CDT - 2 mins, 2 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Also of note is the pair of filtered fans that are placed low in the front of the case. The fans themselves aren't the issue, it's the filters. Too many times I have seen a case with solid airflow have absolutely no filtration in place allowing all kinds of dust and dirt to enter the case when it is operating. Thermaltake has not only seen the necessity of adding good filters to the intake, but they have also made the removing of the filters for cleaning a matter of ease.

Oh, and in the event that you forget how to take care of this little chore, there are instructions printed on that little sticker right next to the bottom fan.

The side of the case features a very large window that will show off the interior workings of your system like a champ. Of course there is a downfall to this type of modified case; you have to work hard at keeping the wiring and lines of the cables neat and out of the way. But I think that this is a small price to pay for the concept of an awesome looking rig.

Moving on to the rear of the case shows us that good looks sometimes has to make way for functionality. We have the standard layout that you would expect to see, but this isn't a surprise. If it were too much out of the ordinary, there wouldn't be a motherboard made that could use it.

One nice thing that was added in this area is thumbscrews. You won't have to worry about getting out that screwdriver to open up the side panels. Just give a little twist and you're home free.

The top of this case has something that is becoming more common all the time. That plastic vent hides an 80mm fan underneath that works as an extra exhaust port. With heat's natural rising, it makes it a simple matter to expel the hot air straight from the case and to the outside. This should help in creating a cooler operating environment for the entire system. But there is more to this little addition than just some vent holes...

Nice. Can you say external USB 2.0 ports and a Firewire port? And since so many motherboards have onboard sound (and it actually doesn't suck anymore), why not add in some hookups for the headphones and microphone too?

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