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Opus TT-501 Titanium Tiny Tower (mATX) Enclosure Review

By: Mike Wright | Small Form Factor Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 26, 2004 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.5%Manufacturer: Opus Technologies




When space is at a premium, compromises have to be made. Available space for components is the first thing to be reduced, and many times features are thrown out the window as well. When you are looking at smaller form factors, it is good to know that you can still have some of those amenities.


First and foremost with the TT-501 product is the beautiful finish you'll get. It is guaranteed to turn some heads and still gives you that space-saving enclosure. From there we can move on to the LCD display that monitors temperatures and fan speeds, and even acts as a small rheostat device. Going on we notice the CPU ducting and the included power supply. You can see there is a list of features here.


Of course, cooling is also not the greatest, but as tested, you can still expect to receive stable operating temperatures. System installation can also be a challenge with the small working areas, but this is to be expected in an enclosure of this stature.


As far as price goes, the unit is available from Opus Technologies directly for US$110. I have yet to find it anyplace but the Opus site so it appears they are working as the sole distributorship of their product line.


Bottom line... If you've been looking for a new enclosure but don't have the space for a normal sized model, there are several choices available. If, on the other hand, you're in this situation and want something that is more than just a little out of the ordinary, the TT-501 may be just what the doctor ordered. With a titanium finish that is truly mirrored and features that are often left off smaller case designs, there is a lot to be said for it. Cooling is a bit iffy, but can be worked out with a little imagination and some fans (or maybe water?)


- Pros


Beautiful finish


Mirrored on all four sides


LCD monitoring/fan control device


CPU ducting to aid cooling


- Cons


Cooling isn't great


No options for better PSU


Bit pricey


Rating - 8.5 out of 10


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