Summary: All in all a good buy if you're looking for a cheap HTCP
Pros: Case works out great for full size motherboard, at least it does with my gigabyte one. It has decent airflow throughout the system. It is small and is also great eye candy. Also it seems that they fix the issue mentioned before with the CD drive getting stuck.
Cons: The fans are a little noisy, its not bad if you just turn the volume up though, and fans are always easy to replace. The remote works when it wants to with the VDF. Right now I am trying to get an alternitave program to map the remote functions. It is nice though that the remote has a built in mo...
Summary: i ssould have known to get the case before getting the motherboard, but i didint. Now i have to get a new mobo to fit all of the things in right. Inel Core 2 Quad Q8200 8GB DDR2 RAM Nvidia GeFoce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR2 160GB WD HDD OCZ 400W PS
Pros: Its a nice case, front is great, looks like a big cable box. There is way you can put the tv tuner on the bottom, but you have to fit it in like a puzzle. its a very tiny clearence, like playing tetris where you hve to look at the tiny space. (The card looks like it will break the expansion cable...
Cons: The internal remote does not quite work very good. Using the softare, i had an MCE remote, and it lost connection with the entire IR. after, i tried with the Imon Remote, it worked. iMon remote looks a little bit too big..
Summary: This is a great case, but I really wanted a working remote and display, so im just going to say this case was money wasted. I built many computers, I own 4, all with thermaltake cases, but this one was really a disappointment.
Pros: Great Case, VERY WELL BUILT, decent room for its compact heights. Haven't experienced any heat problems. Blends in with my other components.
Cons: Don't expect the front display to work with the remote. After a week of trial and error, i have yet to find a fix. Used both Vista 64, and Vista 32, formatted over 10 times with many different configurations, I CANNOT get these to work. I have not tried XP, seems to be a driver incompatibility.
Pros: Very solid metal construction, it should help with heat disipation and noise reduction.
Cons: To wide (18.5 inches) it is wider than most of my audio/video components, will not fit nicely with them most of them are 17" wide. Specs in website were wrong, it says 17.4'' wide, it is actually 18.5" wide.
Summary: For the quality and craftsmanship of this case it's a very good deal for what it's supposed to be: A SLIM case that can fit every standard. I'm running a micro ATX board with a PCI-e slot at #6.
Pros: -Very slim design with riser card. -Built in media software/receiver (works best with Media Center) -Heavy gauge steel. Nothing on that case feels flimsy -Surprisingly easy to work in compared to other smaller cases.
Cons: -A bit wide, 18.5" to be exact (regular entertainment centers can fit this fine, they are 19" standard. if yours isn't it's because you bought a bad one) -Stock fans sound like a harrier is about to land on your house (easily fixed by spending a few bucks on silent fans) -Drivers and software don...
Summary: You need to do research before buying your mobo or other hardware (make sure PCIE-16x slot is correct). Cable clutter can be an issue if you are not using a Micro ATX mobo.
Pros: Great looking, fits perfectly with other stereo equipment below TV. Able to fit all hardware flawlessly (taken that you know what to buy- read other thoughts). Perfect for Media Center application
Cons: Does not support PCIE-1x, all openings where either for PCIE-16x or PCI. Had to replace the case fans because they were too noisy. CD Door is weak.
Summary: Add the ability to move the fans to different positions or to be able to add a fan to cool the south bridge, no air flow on the south bridge side of the PCIE riser! No way to install fan filters.
Pros: Great looking and functional. Everything fits!
Cons: iMon/iMedianHD does not support Blu-Ray. Beware.. Fans a bit noisy but OK. Double slot graphics cards dont fit unless you loose the fan and go water cooling as I did. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A MB WITH THE PCIEx16 IN THE #6 POSITION!!
Summary: I use this case with vista media center, its a really nice case even for the cons because of the height. I use the microsoft remote reciever instead of iMON because of the problems and I just disable iMON. I'm running a quad core processor in it and havent had any cooling problems.
Pros: Very slim format, 2 internal hard drive bays, decent internal layout, showy front display, looks real cool.
Cons: Media Lab sucks compared to vista media center, iMON (the supplied remote and reciever software) randomly locks up allowing only a few remote keys and constantly signaling "prev track", couldn't ever get the hardwired hotkeys to work, front bay door latch very flimsy.
Summary: The "A2423 PCI-E&PCI upgrade kit for Micro ATX MB", referred to in the manual but not available at Newegg (or even on Thermaltake's Web site), was a waste of money. It consists of two slot extenders (one PCI, one PCI-E).
Pros: It looks nice.
Cons: Thermaltake claims that this case supports Micro-ATX motherboards. While technically true, it's impossible to put a PCI TV capture card in this case with a Micro-ATX motherboard, which kind of defeats the purpose of a Home Theater PC case. The provided riser card has no circuit traces going to th...
Summary: My HTPC system: - Thermaltake Mozart with Nexus 80mm silent case fans - AMD 5000+ Black edition, with Zalman CNPS8700 cooler - GigaByte GA-MA78GM-S2H motherboard - ASUS HD3850 PCIe video card - LG Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner - Samsung 320Gb SATA HD - Logitech Cordless MediaBoard Pro...
Pros: - Great looking case, solid build, fit nicely in the entertainment center above the TV - VFD works fine although remote is not that useful
Cons: - Airflow is terrible. I basically have to leave the case open to keep the temperature in check. - Very tight fit if the PSU is not modular - PCIe extender is great, but all video cards will not fit. Mine is a ASUS HD3850, fits only after I removed the regular PCI ribbon cables from the extender.