Thermaltake Spedo Advance Chassis

Conclusion

Conclusion Thermaltake Spedo Advance
 
So how well did the Thermaltake Spedo Advance chassis perform in today's review?
 
First and foremost, I must say that the Thermaltake Spedo Advance chassis is like no other Thermaltake case that I have ever used before. The Thermaltake Spedo is extremely easy to work with and installing hardware in it was an absolute breeze. The reduction in weight over previous chassis's from Thermaltake is also a welcome addition.
 
The Thermaltake Spedo Advance overall is a well manufactured chassis, even though there is quite an amount of plastic included. However I do have some concerns about the Advanced Thermal Chamber inclusion. Today's testing has clearly shown that for the most part, A.T.C is ineffective around the CPU area, and at times it even produces worse results than if the system didn't use it in the first place. However, should you use the additional 120mm fan on the adjustable FanBar, the temperatures are significantly better.
 
Chassis noise was a concern too as it really is quite loud. Thermaltake may have better success in addressing the noise isue by replacing the small plastic vents on the outside of the side panel with a modders mesh type material, but again dust intrusion then becomes an issue.
 
All things considered, the Thermaltake Spedo Advance is a worthwhile contender for your dollar, and is definitely worthy of a decent look. It provides good cooling performance and equally good looks, and for those who frequent LAN's it's not going to be a back-breaker. MSRP for the Thermaltake Spedo Advance chassis is a cool US$243.00, and US198.00 for the Spedo chassis.
 
Let's have a look at the break-down:
 
The Good
+ Cooling performance
+ Weight
+ Tool-less design is probably the best of any Thermaltake chassis
+ Design
+ Ease of use
+ Great cable routing possibilities
 
The Mediocre
* Noisy
* Advanced Thermal Chamber is a little flawed
 
The Bad
- Nothing to report
 
OC3D Recommended Award OC3D Value for Money award
 
Overclock3D.net would like to thank Thermaltake for making today's review possible
 
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Most Recent Comments

17-09-2008, 06:10:19

Diablo
Nice review guys. Very thorough.

However the case leaves a bit to be desired by the look of it. The Thermal areas thing clearly doesn't work and 50 something decibels is really obnoxiously loud. The looks are fairly subjective so I won't comment, aside from saying it has quite a nice industrial look (from the pics...maybe not in the flesh).

I have concerns over the screwless expansion card connectors and the use of plastic. Another thing I dislike is the placement of the PSU and the use of louvres not of mesh.

I like the idea of the plastic squares on the back of the mobo, but at the end day it is only wire you are covering up. I also notice they've changed the thumbscrews on the back of the case...the worst feature of the Xaser VI

Speaking from experience with Thermaltake cases, they are not as bad as they used to be and while they lack the finish of Lian li, they aren't as bad as everyone says. Still wouldn't buy this one though.Quote

17-09-2008, 06:26:54

Robert
the xaser and the armor+ are still the best made thermaltake cases out there to my opinion. and these 2 are in par with cooler master cases to, wich is good. but it is true that lian li is still be best branch for cases, becouse of the finishes they have on their cases, but it also comes with a big price ofcource.Quote

17-09-2008, 06:30:40

PV5150
The case has actually grown on me as I stated in the review, and as you said it does have an industrial look to it. I think that look adds to the appeal somewhat.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Diablo
I have concerns over the screwless expansion card connectors and the use of plastic. Another thing I dislike is the placement of the PSU and the use of louvres not of mesh.
Even though the screwless expansion card holders are plastic they do feel very solid and not likely to snap or crack. I too would have preferred modders mesh over the louvres.

I like the idea of the plastic squares on the back of the mobo, but at the end day it is only wire you are covering up. I also notice they've changed the thumbscrews on the back of the case...the worst feature of the Xaser VI



I'm not fussed by the squares personally. But considering that you can see into the back of the motherboard tray via the side panel, they sort of become a necessity. As for the thumbscrews, I really like the ones on the Spedo as opposed to those on the Xaser VI

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Robert'
the xaser and the armor+ are still the best made thermaltake cases out there to my opinion.
While I can't comment on the Armor+, the Xaser VI is so bloody heavy. I found the weight difference between the Spedo and the Xaser VI to definitely fall in the favour of the Spedo.

Thanks for the feedback too guys - tis muchly appreciated Quote

17-09-2008, 06:34:52

Diablo
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Robert'
the xaser and the armor+ are still the best made thermaltake cases out there to my opinion. and these 2 are in par with cooler master cases to, wich is good. but it is true that lian li is still be best branch for cases, becouse of the finishes they have on their cases, but it also comes with a big price ofcource.
Exactly the reason (price wise) that I went for the Xaser...there are small issues like size, and the fact that the PSU cables won't reach round the back of the mobo tray.

Just wonderidng, does thev case have a removable mobo tray...that was an excellent thing on the xaser that cut down RMA stripping time by about an hour

That's good news about the screwless holders, on the Xaser, I just stripped them off because they didn't work with the 280GTXs or the DX2...bit of a pain. Also the screwless 5.25 won't fit shorter (without 2 screw holes) components like the Pico ITx or most fan controllersQuote

17-09-2008, 08:06:38

Aqua-Pc's
TBH it looks like a Cosmos S dipped in acid

Yet another EPIC FAIL....

Review was good though Quote
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