Thermaltake Xaser VI Super Tower Chassis
Some of the extra features on the Xaser VI Super Tower chassis are quite cool, and remain subtle at the same time. The first external feature is the inclusion of the covered on/off button and front panel connectivity options. The smokey plastic cover is a good move in that it helps eliminate dust from building up in the USB, Firewire and E-SATA ports. Furthermore; being mounted on the top of the chassis it helps eliminate the possibility of accidentally hitting the reset or power button.
Following in the vein of the CoolerMaster tower cases, the Thermaltake Xaser VI Super Tower also provides a simple and highly accessible method of installing your 5.25" devices, which I have covered in a little more detail a little further down the page.
One thing that I found odd with the Xaser VI Super Tower's 5.25" face plates is that even though they are intended to act as a dust filter, they are a little crippled. You can see from the lower (right) image that the first four face plates are completely sealed in front of the lower case fan, but the face plates above the case fan have a gap in the side. Surely this will be an area for dust to work its way into your case if you can't fill all the available 7 remaining 5.25" drive bays with hardware.
The chassis door is removable and able to be hinged from both sides depending on your personal preference. The case door is very reminiscent of the CoolerMaster 830 Stacker. The clips, illustrated by the lower (right) image can simply be removed by gently squeezing them and then transferring them to the other side of the door.
Woops! This one got by the person in charge of QA at Thermaltake. The 2 - 2.5cm scratch looks like the screw got a case of the wanders during the manufacturing process and was left unchecked.
The 5.25" drive-bay face plates are really cool, although they are made entirely of plastic and feel a little on the flimsy side. All that is required to remove them is to insert your finger and pull gently towards yourself. The face plates have thin foam on the inside to act as a dust filter and should clean out easily with a gentle wash with water.
The top of the case also slides back to reveal a small storage area for accessories (hence the sticker I showed you on the previous page). Simply remove the two retaining screws at the rear of the case and slide the top back towards the rear and there it is. If you decided to run with Thermaltake's LCS
(Liquid Cooling System) then this storage area will be replaced with the LCS reservoir.
Now that we've taken a look at the external features of the Xaser VI Super Tower let's head over the page to check it out internally...
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