Thermaltake may have the largest selection of cases available right now. They have been the type of company to not rest or settle with their current collection of cases in their catalog. This is great for the builder that wants to be able to select from a long list of cases without seeing a repeat of the same case. What I mean is some companies take one case and keep recycling the same design over and over. All this being external.Yes, Thermaltake will make one case and make it in a small and a larger size. Nothing wrong with that.
Lets take the Xaser for instance. The Xaser is six generations old. Each generation is replaced by the newest. The old model then becomes discontinued with the birth of the new one. Getting on, Thermaltake will make a smaller version along with a larger speciman for the individual that needs the space. And that is what they did with the Xaser.
The Xaser VI MX is the smallest of the Xaser and obiously the better priced one. Regardless of pricing the Xaser MX offers alot of what the bigger brother has. The bright red triangle accented door and side panel, top mounted I/O ports and hinged drive bay covers. There is alot of features packed in this mid-sized tower. But is it enough to warrant someone to fork out $100 plus for it.
I like how Thermaltake package their products. The front is all about visuals of the product inside. The back is reserved for all the wordy stuff.
|Case Type||Mid Tower|
|Material||0.8 mm SECC|
|Front Bezel Material||Plastic|
|Side Panel||Transparent Window|
|Motherboard Support||12" x 9.6" (ATX),|
9.6" x 9.6" (Micro ATX)
|5.25" Drive Bay||5|
|Ext. 3.5" Drive Bay||1|
|Int. 3.5" Drive Bay||4|
|Front I/O Ports||USB 2.0 x 2,|
eSATA x 1,
|Cooling System||- Front (intake) :|
120 x 120 x 25 mm Turbo Fan fan, 1300 rpm, 17 dBA
- Rear (exhaust) :
120 x 120 x 25 mm Blue LED, 1300 rpm, 17 dBA
|Liquid Cooling Capable|
|Liquid Cooling Embedded||No|
|Power Supply Supported||Standard ATX PS2|
|Power Supply Included||No|
|Dimension (H*W*D)||20.74 x 8.66 x 20.74 in|
520 x 220 x 520 mm
|Net Weight||18.40 lb|
Optimized design for both liquid cooling and air cooling system
Tool-free design for 5.25” device and PCI slot
Independent thermal management for CPU, VGA & HDD
Cable management system for better cable routing and internal air flow
Micro ATX, ATX supported
Closer look outside
The Xaser VI has alot going on visually from the outside. The whole red, black and silver look asks to be looked at. Alot of times when a case has alot going on with colors and designs the final outcome tends to be goddy and very unappealing. Well the Xaser is very appealing and far from being categorized as goddy. Besides the looks the Xaser stands almost 21 inches tall and weighs a whooping 19 pounds.
The Xaser consists of a door that hides the drive bays. If you are not a fan of doors I suggest you jump to the next review. The door is made up of plastic and metal. The plastic areas have a very glossy shine to it what will easily reflect evrything in the area. And will attract its share of finger prints. The red painted triangles with silver arcs is a nice touch without going overboard.
Opening the door you are exposed to five 5.25" bays and one single 3.5". The unique thing about the 5.25" bays is they swing open for easy access to mounting drives and for cleaning. You may be wondering is Tony smoking something because I see nine 5.25" bays? No. The bottom four bays are fake as the hard drive cage sits behind them.
Normally when it comes to the right side panel they are usually boring to look at. But Thermaltake changed that a little with the idea of continueing the red triangle theme.
The top of the case is another area that is screaming for attention. Thermaltake integrated the power button into the top very smoothly. The power button is in the form of a big 'X' That is something that I have never seen before and would like to see more of from other companies. Just above the unique power button is the eSATA and USB ports. Looking at these images you can see the flakes in the paint job.
The reverese side have a unique two piece window panel. I like Thermaltke's attempt to be different but the way the windows are shaped you really don't get the view of the inside you would want. The handle is only used for leverage when sliding the panel backwards to open it.
The SECC construction is evident here in the rear.
Closer look inside
The overall arrangement of the inside of the case is common but it is how things work that sets this case apart from many others out there. From the hard drive and cdrom mounting to the power supply support things Thermaltake took things a step further.
The first thing that you are greeted by is the power supply support bar that helps to support the weight of some of the larger and longer power units. The bar can easily be removed which I think many who purchase this case will as the ledge on the opposite is enough to support most power supplies.
The front of the case is divided into two portions: top half that can hold five large media drives and an additional bay that is by default design for a floppy drive. And the lower half is suited for four hard drives. Both secctions are completely toolless so installing drives will be a piece of cake. If needed the the hard drive cage is totally removable. And each bay contains a small rack that can also be detached from the cage for hard drive mounting. In front of the cage is one low noise 120mm fan.
The back of the case has a llittle excitement going on with locking PCI mechanism. With a press of the plastic trigger the lock is released and your new card can be installed.
Parting together components in a case is repetitive and many of the procedures are the same. Some cases will have some extra bonuses in order to make the install time shorter. Thermaltake implemented quite a few of these time reducers in the Xaser MX.
Really the Xaser is a great looking case and will eliminate the need for modding to get it to look the way you may want it to. Usually I am one that likes a more sleeker and plain look when it comes to a case. But I was won over with the way the Xaser looks. The only thing is the front is made mostly of plastic and many will not care for that aspect of the case much.
The one thing the Xaser VI MX did have and plenty of is room. There isn't many mid sized cases out there that have the room this case does. We easily planted the 850i water cooling kit in the case and never looked back as everything fit easily. And it didn't look like we just clammed it in. The room for drives is outstanding for a case its size. It easily accomodate more drives than many will tend to use in a mid-size tower.
The ease and the time to build the case up was simple and quick. Thermaltake implemented alot of shortcuts to cut down on the install time. Like the quick mounting drive mechanisms and PCI expansion locks. These little things can shave a lot of time off the building of a new rig.
The only thing I would have liked to see added to the Xaser VI MX is a removable motherboard tray. This small feature would have help to keep the build time down even more. Maybe we will see it in series VII.
We would like to thank Ramsom and the people at Thermaltake for sending on the Xaser case.