Thermaltake Xaser VI Super Tower Chassis
Published: 26th November 2007 | Source: Thermaltake | Price: US$274.00 |
So how did the Thermaltake Xaser VI Super Tower perform in todays review?
According to Thermaltake the Xaser VI Super Tower will have an MSRP of US$274 (with tax) for the black, and US$312 (with tax) for the silver. Quite reasonable pricing for the version reviewed here today.
The build quality of the Xaser VI Super Tower is good apart from the few blemishes that I highlighted in todays review: the scratched front door; the missing standoff hole, and the fixed standoff that could have caused a shorting problem on the back of the motherboard. However, I would like to think that these are isolated incidents.
The Thermaltake Xaser VI Super Tower as it stands is a very solid and competent build. The lack of somewhere to hold the case securely when carrying is a concern too, especially when the bottom of the case is the only real place that feels structurally sound enough. I must admit that the live weight of the chassis may exclude it from being utilised in anything other than desktop work, or the odd occasional LAN. If you are a dedicated weekend LAN'er then you may want to look elsewhere.
The inclusion of Thermaltake's tool-less design and a removable motherboard tray makes for light work when installing your system of choice. The amount of storage capacity and versatility of the Xaser VI chassis also warrants a mention, as it enables the user to customise the chassis according to whether storage or additional cooling is a priority. The chassis ability to house a 120.3 sized radiator internally is further testament to the design.
The overall cooling performance of the chassis is very good due to its ability to breathe well. The inclusion of low noise 120mm and 140mm fans, and the subsequent thermal zone design of the chassis led to very good temperature reading during the review. However, I will say that the Xaser VI Super Tower chassis does have the potential to be a dust trap. The large areas of steel mesh and the slightly 'crippled' dust filters will allow the dust mites into your case over time. Which in turn makes the chassis a candidate for very regular cleaning and maintenance. Let's have a look at the breakdown:
• Excellent cooling performance
• Thoughtful internal layout
• Oodles of storage capacity
• Tool-less features speed up installation
• Capacity to accommodate water-cooling
• Quiet operation using the supplied fans
• Quality issues
• Looks may not appeal to some
In conclusion, I have decided to award the Thermaltake Xaser VI Super Tower the Overclock3D.net 'Recommended Award' and the 'Innovation Award' based upon its performance today.
Overclock3D would like to thank Thermaltake for providing the Xaser VI Super Tower for todays review
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