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  • Spectatohead - Friday, March 25, 2005 - link

    I have the original Audigy. I think the Audigy drive is the same. The front cover closes fine. The knobs don't seem to even touch the back of it. Of course the door has to be open to plug headphones, or anything else, into it. I have looked to see if the Audigy has a connector for an external headphone jack so I could use the top connector, but I can't find one. This is a great case. I got the plain silver version. The floppy bay is a bit funky but other than that everything else installs easily. Reply
  • bigdane - Friday, December 31, 2004 - link

    #29, Did you have any luck any finding an answer to your question? I am considering the same case with the same issue. Reply
  • yomper - Wednesday, December 22, 2004 - link

    Does anybody know if there is any problem closing the front cover of the Tsunami with a SB Audigy 2 front panel installed? I haven't seen this case in the flesh yet, and am wondering if the curved bezel provides enough clearance for the volume knobs on the Audigy line's 5.25" connector panel. (I'd rather not clutter up my desk further with the external connector box of the Pro model of the Audigy 2.) Reply
  • alzheimer - Wednesday, November 24, 2004 - link

    I had no problem with instaling PSU after mobo. I have one question. Is ist possible to regulate rpm of 2 12cm fans with multifunction panel? Reply
  • drunknasasin - Sunday, October 03, 2004 - link

    This case is nice, I've worked with a couple of them. The only problem that will arrise is mounting a larger Power Supply. It soon becomes a puzzle, and frustrating. Once the Power supply is mounted, the rest is easy. Reply
  • flyboy84 - Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - link

    Just got the case, it's beautiful!

    Can't wait to build the system over the weekend :-D
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  • Ringthane - Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - link

    I have the case... did not install PSU until after mobo was in place. This required the top mounted USB/firewire/audio jack ports to be removed (4 screws). Probably would have needed to remove the usb ports even if I hadn't installed the mobo first (600w PSU). It was a biatch getting the PSU in, plus I broke one of the small plastic hinges on the usb cover (Thermaltake replaced FOC). It's all in now and looks great, but it is not a quiet ride.

    Front door is fine of you're not rough with it, but heh, it's a computer case not a football.
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  • treadhed - Saturday, September 11, 2004 - link

    I'm done with thermaltake. The designers of this company have got to be smoking crack, because the Xaser was the most regressive design I have ever seen as far as usability and installation is concerned. Now it is eating power supplies. Number two just went out, and I'm going to go get another case, one I can put my hands on and look at before I buy it. I will never buy a case over the internet again. I do not expect the Tsunami to be any more friendly or innovative in design. Expect the worst. Reply
  • deathwalker - Saturday, September 11, 2004 - link

    I have a real problem with cases like this...with front doors that open. I see these doors as just one more problem area....something else you can break too easily. Reply
  • GhandiInstinct - Friday, September 10, 2004 - link

    Purav, could you answer my question please? Reply
  • DonB - Friday, September 10, 2004 - link

    Front panel needs a whackin' big ol' spider emblem, if you want it to look REALLY nice! Reply
  • themelon - Friday, September 10, 2004 - link

    the harddrive cage on my 2 slk3700's is in an identicle position to the pictures in this review. Reply
  • JohnnyCNote - Friday, September 10, 2004 - link

    No, just what happens when I don't look closely. I wish they had a way to delete messages on this thing.... Reply
  • cobalt - Friday, September 10, 2004 - link

    Hello WaveMaster #2. :) Reply
  • ciwell - Friday, September 10, 2004 - link

    "Never mind, it was for a different case... "

    That was rich. :-D
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  • JohnnyCNote - Friday, September 10, 2004 - link

    Never mind, it was for a different case... Reply
  • JohnnyCNote - Friday, September 10, 2004 - link

    Sorry for the blank posts... Reply
  • JohnnyCNote - Friday, September 10, 2004 - link

    "With a price tag of around $100"

    Yeah, where? I clicked on the "AnandTech Deals" thing at the top of the page and saw nothing below $150....
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  • JohnnyCNote - Friday, September 10, 2004 - link

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  • JarredWalton - Friday, September 10, 2004 - link

    #2 echoes my thoughts, except there is one major difference from the SLK3700-BQE: the hard drive cage is rotated on the Antec.

    If that is truly the case (ow - bad pun!), then I can almost certainly vouch for the difficulty of putting a PSU into such a case after the other components are installed. My Antec PSU started having fan issues, so I replaced it with a Thermaltake Polo12. With a Zalman CNPS7000a heatsink on the motherboard, it was almost impossible to get the PSU into position without removing the motherboard. I eventually succeeded after taking out all the CD/DVD drives, but I think if I have to do it again, I'll just save myself the trouble and removed the motherboard. Which is really not saving much trouble. :(

    So, install your PSU first in these cases, and pray to whatever gods you hold dear that your PSU doesn't die before you're ready to upgrade the system. ;)

    Other than that, it's a nice looking case, other than the orange fan on the window.
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  • LocutusX - Friday, September 10, 2004 - link

    To article author:

    Please address the points raised by me in #3 and the other person in #8. Thanks!

    (IMO, swapping PSUs seems to be pretty frequent nowadays among enthusiasts - almost as frequent as swapping mobos, in fact)
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  • GhandiInstinct - Friday, September 10, 2004 - link

    So let me get this right, I'll have to install my PSU before my motherboard? And I'll have to remove the top audio/fw/usb?

    Also, I didn't see anything said about the filter in the front of the case, on the 120mm.
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  • Happy Buddha - Friday, September 10, 2004 - link

    NIce review. There is still something I'd like to be add on the thermal and sound benchmark; since I am(and sureley other) interest in buying this case with the non-window version wich do not have the 90mm side fan, I't would be nice if you could redo these Bencmark with the side fan off + completly plug the hole. This way it would make a fair comparison of the two version available for this case. Thanks. Reply
  • whitelight - Friday, September 10, 2004 - link

    #5 - it won't work against the CPU fan. if you have a side intake fan, you can duct cold air directly onto the cpu. and you obviously shouldn't use the CPU fan to suck air from the heatsink, rather using the CPU fan to blow air onto the heatsink. Reply
  • jkostans - Friday, September 10, 2004 - link

    If the Side fan is an intake, how does it work against the CPU fan? I've never seen a CPU fan move air any direction but through the heatsink towards the motherboard. Maybe I'm wrong..... Reply
  • ciwell - Friday, September 10, 2004 - link

    FINALLY! Thanks for the review I have been waiting for. ::thumbs up:: Reply
  • LocutusX - Friday, September 10, 2004 - link

    The problem I had with my Tsunami was that I couldn't figure out how to open the top cover, making it quite difficult to swap PSU's - I guess that relates to the whole "front audio/USB pod" thing, and because they put that there, they had to permanently nail down the top cover?

    That's too bad, it means you'll probably have to remove the motherboard whenever you swap PSU's.
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  • themelon - Friday, September 10, 2004 - link

    Its almost identicle on the inside to the Antec SLK3700. Same 5 and 2 bay drive cage, same fan placement. The only major difference I see is the flip up clips for the expansion card mounting. Reply
  • Aratharn - Friday, September 10, 2004 - link

    It looks like a nice case (except for the window which is just personal taste). Were there any worries about the longevity of the paint? Cars get scratched and it would seem a glossy black finish is going to scratch over time.

    I find the power supply issue intriguing in that I had no such problems in my CoolerMaster WaveMaster case even though I installed a large Enermax power supply unit (465W). I guess the WavemMaster is an old man of a case now, but it would have been nice to see it included in the benchmarks for this comparison.
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