Thermaltake Xaser VI Super Tower Chassis

Introduction

Introduction

Thermaltake is a company that really requires no introduction. The company which is based in TaiPei originally started its core business based on their extensive knowledge of PC thermal management during the era where the area of performance CPU cooling was exclusively for "overclockers" or PC enthusiasts. I'm sure many people would be familiar with Thermaltake's Big Typhoon cooler. Continuing on with their success, Thermaltake has adapted its knowledge and R&D into other areas. Let's hear what they have to say:

With company's core business of CPU cooling still growing at a vast rate, Thermaltake made another grand entry to the PC chassis industry. To date, Thermaltake has always been considered as the pioneering company that revolutionized the PC chassis industry with Xaser series enclosures. The typical and traditional beige and plastic front panel design was outdone by Xaser series chassis's atypical gaming red and aluminum front panel. It was also the first enclosure available to public with Hardcano unti which provided users full control over computer's thermal management system.

In the year 2002, Thermaltake announced Purepower line of power supply unti for the ever-growing power-hungry PCs. Purepower series PSU quickly gained recognition with its extensive warranty and high-reliability guaranty.

Today, Thermaltake has grown into a world-class company with state-of-the-art testing and R&D facility based in Taiwan along with 60+ engineers and ID team covering each application segment such as Liquid Cooling, Air Cooling, PC Enclosure and Power Supply for main-stream users, high-end solutions, system integrators and industrial applications; thus achieve Thermaltake's company motto, " COOLall YOUR LIFE " !

Today I have been fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to review Thermaltake's brand new Xaser VI Super Tower Chassis.

Thermaltake Xaser VI front

Anyway enough of the chit-chat, let's cut to the chase by having a look at the Xaser VI's specifications.

Specifications

The specifications for the Thermaltake Xaser VI Chassis were taken from the included manual.

Model: VG4000BNS

Case Type: Super Tower

Dimension (W*D*H): 605 x 250 x 660 mm 23.8 x 9.8 x 26.0 inch

Net Weight / Gross Weight: 18.0 kg ; 39.6 lb / 20.8 kg ; 45.8 lb

Window side panel: No

Sliding motherboard tray: Yes

Cable management: Yes

Sliding hood: Yes

Adjustable PSU bridge: Yes

Material
Front door: Aluminum / Chassis: 1.0mm SECC

Color
Chassis color: Black / Metal mesh : Red

Cooling System

- Front (intake) :
140 x 140 x 25mm blue LED fan, 1000rpm,
16dBA or 120 x 120 x25 mm fan (optional)
- Rear (exhaust) :
120 x 120 x25 mm blue LED fan, 1300rpm, 17dBA
- Top (exhaust) :
140 x 140 x 25mm TurboFan, 1000rpm,
16dBA or 120 x 120 x25 mm fan (optional)
- Bottom (intake) :
Two 140 x 140 mm fans (optional)
or two 120 x 120 x25 mm fan (optional)
- VGA (intake) :
140 x 140 x 25mm TurboFan, 1000rpm,
16dBA or 120 x 120 x25 mm fan (optional)

Motherboards
: 9.6" x 9.6" (Micro ATX), 12" x 9.6" (ATX), 12" x 13" (Extend ATX)

Drive Bays

-5.25" Drive Bay
-3.5" Drive Bay
-3.5" Drive Bay (Hidden)
7
1 (Convertable from one 5.25" drive bay)
7

Front I/O
: e-SATA connector x 2, USB2.0 x 4, IEEE 1394 Firewire x 1, HD Audio

Expansion Slots
: 10

You can see from the specifications that the Xaser VI Super Tower is certainly designed to perform well in the thermal management area, especially with the inclusion/or option to run so many cooling fans. How this equates to overall cooling performance, and the inherent by-product noise, we'll have to see later in the review.

After looking at the net weight of the case I was quite shocked. 18 kilograms is a considerable amount of weight, especially if you frequent LAN parties quite regularly. Factor into the equation that this isn't a 'live load', i.e. it doesn't yet have any hardware in it, and you have the makings of a potential back-breaker. To Thermaltake's credit, they have made some smart design choices to help eliminate additional weight and I will cover those later in the review.

Traditionally, I have been an avid user of Aluminium chassis, primarily for the weight reduction associated with Aluminium which doesn't degrade the overall structural integrity of the case. Whilst the opportunity of conducting a steel case review isn't a totally new experience for me, I haven't used one for some time.

Now I know you want to see the new Xaser VI chassis, so I'm going to be quiet until the next page...I promise.
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Most Recent Comments

26-11-2007, 04:28:14

PV5150
Thermaltake has released the latest in their range of chassis - the Xaser VI Super Tower. Overclock3D took it for a road test...

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...121152988s.jpg

Linkage

26-11-2007, 05:38:03

Marcus
Nice review as always Matt, still can't help but think that the case looks plasticy and tacky.

I would have considered buying it 2 years ago but no a chance now i've used a V2000 & a TJ07. Sorry TT but you just aint cutting it in my eyes.

26-11-2007, 05:55:25

PV5150
Thanks Marcus. Yeah I agree...I love my TJ-07. Tt do target a specific market typically, and I believe that the Xaser VI will definitely appeal to many of the younger and budget conscious generation. Providing the price is right

26-11-2007, 06:42:11

duke
I like all the functionality it provides, although to me it visually resembles a cheapo X-Blade chassis.

26-11-2007, 08:16:53

Mr. Smith
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='duke'
...although to me it visually resembles a cheapo X-Blade chassis.
LOL - waits for TT user/xblade owner to say heyyy!

I bought a TT case for my first simply because it was black, in the sale from 80 to 20, wasn't particularly flashy and had lots of quiet fans and I didn't know any better

In all fairness it was a decent case and even though my current lili ended up costing 175 with the hole saw cuts and delivery it doesn't seem any better than my old TT, just more expensive - sure it's nice and I don't mind becasue I don't really have a budget...

I think TT designs are getting worse. That is an acheivement right there!

26-11-2007, 08:31:49

ali_james
Yuk!

Looks like one of my old design tech projects when i was 12...

26-11-2007, 11:28:32

ionicle
i had a tsunami dream, liked it, it did the job, but it was nothing spectacular

i recon this is the same,

it does what it says on the box, nothing more

the attempted cool look, just...no...tbh

26-11-2007, 12:23:20

Brooksie
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='duke'
I like all the functionality it provides, although to me it visually resembles a cheapo X-Blade chassis.
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'
LOL - waits for TT user/xblade owner to say heyyy!
heyyy!!

lol.. it looks like a chavved up version of the stacker lol

26-11-2007, 12:27:45

Rastalovich
Great review.

The looks aren`t an issue for me as I`d not buy one of these cases that are shrouded in plasticy-looking black/red/silver stuff.

But, if a client wanted one, I know the case is gonna be pretty easy to work in. Things like misplaced stand-offs can be worked around, imo, and are one of the minor things some case manufs can put in ur way during construction.

I`d like included in these reviews how the pci slot clips stand up under their own mechanism, and if they`re too weak for plugging in the likes of dvi cables - have the manufs put screw holes there. U know, the cards move too much when u go to plug stuff in/out.

Seems to me it`d make a solid disk server case too, but with the design, perhaps not the market they`re looking at.

Good to hear there are decent fans in there too. Otherwize people would be looking @ $20-$30 extra to replace them with quiet ones.

Don`t think it`s overly priced either, just not for me, but wouldn`t have sleepless nights if a client wanted one.

26-11-2007, 13:51:01

Mandible
Mmm.. i like the sides, just says something about being 15

If i ever got that case, i would prbably have it WITHOUT the front door. As i dont like it's design with the 2 curvy silver bits reminding me of the muse masks.

I would also change it to red lighting o' course, as it just needs to be. Otherwise, nice looking case, but oooooverpriced. The armor is my port of call.

26-11-2007, 17:38:20

Pat123
In all black, it could looks a little better perhaps, but damn is it ugly.. Seems pretty good on the features front mind
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