Conclusion: You've seen them before, and you'll see them again - clips you install on the drives themselves, so you can simply slide them into place. The problem with most designs are that you have to screw the clips onto the drives! What's the point of that if your goal is a completely tool-less installation!
Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A Skull Mid-Tower Review
27 May 2008
Conclusion: The Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A Series Skull Mid-Tower combines high quality materials with a uniform color theme, and following in the tradition of former Xaser cases, carries out the Xaser theme throughout the unit. Thermaltake has included some innovative security features and a graphical EL design that will be sure to steal attention at any LAN party.
Pros: Attractive and high quality pre-mod case, Includes backlit Hardcano 10, Fully EMI shielded (class b), Many innovative security features, Illuminated EL design, Removable motherboard tray, Locking front bezel, Virtually screw-less operation
Cons: Poor airflow over the hard drives and front of case, Only three internal 3.5" bays, Front bezel must be removed to install hard drives
Conclusion: The Thermaltake Xaser Series of cases seem to have a love and hate relationship with the case modding community. There are those individuals who appreciate a pre-modified case solution, which offers all the bells and whistles, while a select few prefer to complete their own modifications. The Xaser III V1000D Super Tower is quite unique and out of the box offers so much in terms of functionality and aesthetics.
Pros: Aesthetically pleasing design, Stealthed dual USB, Firewire, Headphone and Microphone ports, Built-in fan filters, Great cable management options, Sturdy chassis construction, Includes 7 stock high performance fans, Includes Hardcano 9 Fan Controller, Pre-modified side panel window, Locable front bezel
Cons: Extremely heavy, No removable motherboard tray, Stamped exhaust grills may impede airflow, No front ventilation intake, Drive bay cages are not removeable, Hardcano 9 has no backlight options
Conclusion: So does the next evolution of the Thermaltake Xaser live up to the hype?Â Just like when Thermaltake released the Xaser II, there are still those who immediately dismiss it as another modded Antec and others who simply can't stand pre-modded cases (we'll save that discussion for another day...).
Pros: looks even better!, toolless and cool instruction stickers, nice cooling performance with 7 fans...and it's still quiet, all intake fans are filtered, new Hardcano works great, cool HD rack, drive rails for EVERYTHING, great build quality
Cons: looks are an acquired taste that some might not get, PCI slot clips are flawed in design, relatively expensive, no mobo tray
Summary: Now we have had a thorough look around the case. "What do we think of it?" I hear you all asking. As always with Thermaltake products the build quality is extremely high. The case seems bombproof and even held this grown man standing on top of it during testing. If you are thinking it's just another Chieftech clone, you are very wrong. There are so many nice little touches inside, especially the placement of fans and the exceptional cooling system.
Pros: Superb cooling, Nice looking case with window, EL Lighted logo, Hardcano included in the price, EMI Shielding, Removable Motherboard Tray, Tooless design, Lots of room for drives
Cons: Design is a love or hate affair, Quite cramped inside once system is installed, No PSU included, High Price (Around $130)
Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Mid-Tower Case Review
4 February 2004
Summary: The Xaser III Lanfire Case is a feature packed, light weight case with everything from back lit fireballs to an LCD fan controller. It has many ease of use features from the front mounted USB and Fire Wire ports to the removable 3.5” cage and the quick release PCI clip. Although the case does have some flaws such as no removable motherboard tray and the Lanfire can be a bit tight to work with in some areas.
Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A "SKULL" Mid Tower Case
12 January 2004
Conclusion: All in all, you have to be a fan of wilder looking case designs to truly appreciate the Xaser III Skull. If you are into an attention-getting hardcore case with a sweet looking window and EL lit logo on the front, then you have to check out the Skull. Installation of a system proved to be an absolute breeze, thanks to the 99% tool-less design.
Pros: Looks awesome, if you're into this style of case, Almost completely tool-less installation, Many security features, Awesome features on the HardCano 10
Cons: Pretty heavy, in weight and price, Exhaust fan bay can get in the way of some PSU's
Conclusion: Well has Thermaltake bitten off more than it can chew? Simply put…no. Thermaltake have included everything needed to make a great case, and nothing more. They have succeeded in making a case that has excellent cooling, decent assembly, rich in features, and the looks to please. This means the Xaser III appeals to a variety of people, from the overclocker to somebody who wants a nice looking case. As with anything, there are always bad points.
Summary: Thermaltake have a great case on their hands, but for me it falls short of greatness on a few points.
Pros: Superb weighty steel construction, Fully Aluminum Front Door, Metal Hinges on front door, Fanbus and Temp Monitor, Seven 80mm Fans included, Window to show your fancy hardware to its fullest, Thermaltake EL lighted logo on case front, Quiet in operation, Dust Filters all round
Cons: Tool Less PCI slot system flawed, Many fans means major wiring headaches, USB cables slightly short for my motherboard