Thermaltake Touch Screen HTPC Chassis

"Thermaltake has introduced the new digital Home Theater PC Chassis, the DH (Digital Home) series."

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Article <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> Posted 27/09/07
Author: PV5150
Source: Thermaltake

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Thermaltake Touch Screen HTPC Chassis – DH101/DH 102

Thermaltake has introduced the new digital Home Theater PC Chassis, the DH (Digital Home) series. Designed with the latest multimedia module and high quality piano mirror coating front panel, the new Digital Home series shines with elegance and charm!

There are total of four models to choose from the new Digital Home Series; DH101 was designed with the latest LCD Display that not only supports multiple languages, but also allows different display selections with its blue glowing background. DH 102 on the other hand, comes with the aluminum piano mirror coating and the hottest 7 inch Touch Screen front LCD display bringing all the media function controls easy and fast at user’s fingertips.

The 7” LCD display of DH102 does not only support Touch screen functions, but with the latest software and double screen displaying technology, users can easily control media functions such as music, movie, and photos, plus information like daily news, weather, PC status and E-mail all can be easily shown on the LCD display with internet connection. This revolutionary LCD display has build-in Media Lab, plus the 10 hot key buttons and the easy volume control knob at the front panel, DH Series is bringing the Home Theater experience to a brand new era.

DH101 and DH102 not only comes with high quality external design, but the internal structure and thermal modules further overturned the common impression of limited spacing and ineffective thermal solutions towards home theater PC chassis. The 12cm front fan and the double 6cm rear fan included in the unit saves the chassis from heating concerns. Up to three 3.5” and one 5.25” drive bays is also available for upgrading. The single insert/exit button on the front panel makes disc changing easy for users. DH Series HTPCs are the high quality chassis with delicate body structure and thoughful internal space designs.

The high performance thermal management and multifunction supports of DH 101 / DH 102 Home Theater PC Chassis will definitely be the best choice to build your own digital living environment, with high-tech fashion and aesthetic elegance.

Thermaltake DH101

Thermaltake DH102

Want to know more about the Thermaltake DH101 then head here

Alternatively, you can view the DH102 here

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25-09-2007, 13:47:06

Mine blows the air into the case from the top - but the best thing to do is try both ways of doing it and see what works for you :)

25-09-2007, 14:01:35

I've got a top mounted rad, and I've tried it in both configurations, including the top case fan, and it makes minimal difference for me ie 1c

25-09-2007, 17:17:16

i love it when they suck :)
no rly it should be a blow effect

25-09-2007, 17:19:52

Yeah I don't think there's a big performance difference between the two. Maybe add a poll to see which way is most common? If you have extra fans then you could add them to the other side of the rad and have them suck air through for a bit extra airflow.

25-09-2007, 17:21:53

Mr. Smith
There is a performance diff, its always better to get them to suck :D

Also known as 'pull'.

Pulling cold air in from outside the case is better than using warm air in the case

26-09-2007, 05:41:54

"Minimal difference" is a term used a lot for push vs pull. Realistically, in radiator performance terms that 1 degree is a HUGE amount of difference when you're talking temp changes in the regions of hundredths of a degree per watt of heat, which means that the setup with 1 degree colder temps could be able to remove up to an extra 50watts of heatload (if asked to) over the warmer setup.

Pull (suck) provides more even airflow which generally results in better performance over the same fan on the same radiator in push...

Will also compare shrouded, unshrouded, suck (pull), and blow (push) air-flows.

Was just messing with the equipment a bit last night, putting a Yate-Loon on a PA120.1 radiator with a shroud, in suck or blow arrangement. I was able to position the anemometer on the other side of the radiator to get an idea of the evenness of the air-flow through the radiator. Used the tachometer to measure the fan speeds, and the noise meter the fan noise levels. I haven't calibrated the fan noise levels yet to any base reference point, so I won't report the absolute values I got, just the relative values.

Free-air: +0dBA noise, 1480rpm speed
Shroud Suck: -2.7dBA noise (i.e. quieter), 1350rpm speed
Shroud Blow: -3.0dBA noise (i.e. quieter), 1460rpm speed

I found the noise level differences, and the fan speed differences to be quite intriguing. If the fan is spinning faster, it's pushing more air-flow in the blow-mode.

However, using the anemometer on the other side found that with the shroud, in blow mode, the air coming out the edges of the radiator had about an 80% higher velocity than the air coming out the dead-center. In suck mode, the overall air-velocity appeared lower (will need to measure properly later on full-testbed), but it was more even, with only about a 25% variation between the edges (higher) and the dead-center (lower).

So yeah - this throws a cloud over the general suck/blow debate. The fan appears to like to blow much better than to suck, but the air-flow is less even, even though it's of a higher velocity. The fan is also quieter in blow-mode.

It would appear (without further testing) that putting a fan into blow-mode on a radiator with a really deep shroud (60cm) to straighten out the air-flow would be the best way to go, but that's not terribly practical.


It seems to be a scenario of while blow creates more air-flow, the unevenness of the flow through the core hurts performance. Performance does not scale linearly with air-flow, and so it's always better to have even air-flow over the entire core area, rather than some areas receiving twice the air-velocity of other areas.


26-09-2007, 08:17:12

How does the pull/suck configuration compare to the push method where a thermochill performance shroud is fitted between fans and radiator?

26-09-2007, 08:32:10

No extensive testing has been done yet with shroud in either format to be able to give any conclusive results. The only definitive statement is that noise levels are decreased... there's anecdotal evidence out there for performance increases with low CFM fans, but pinning it to anything solid isn't possible as no testing has been done on a qualified calibrated testbed.

28-09-2007, 10:34:47

Ide say suck and blow lol if u can get one on one side of the rad and one on the other or close enough it should be effective

28-09-2007, 12:26:18

I have mine on suck mode and having shrouds will helps too.

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