A Trio of Thermaltake Towers

by Joshua Buss on 8/16/2006 2:30 AM EST
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  • Griswold - Thursday, August 17, 2006 - link

    The first one looks like some vertical hi-fi deck with a side window - and I hate side windows.

    Yuck indeed.
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  • seven9sn10s - Thursday, August 17, 2006 - link

    The Aguila has a measurement of 27dB(12" above) and subjective rating of 2/10.
    In a previous review, the Raidmax X1 & Antec P150 both a measurement of 45dB(12" above) & subjective rating of 2/10 & 2.5/10 respectively. The subject ratings to dB measurements do not seem to be on a consistent scale. Am I to believe that the Aguila is so much quieter than the Raidmax X1 or Antec P150?? Please clear this up. Thanks.
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  • seven9sn10s - Friday, August 18, 2006 - link

    Hello???
    Somebody please answer.. is this Aguila case far quieter than the Antec P150/Solo? Tryin to build a system here. Thanks.
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  • poopoohead - Sunday, August 20, 2006 - link

    yeah, me too! the measurement seems so low compared to any other case they have ever tested, even the Zalman HTPC that they said was very quiet? why does the article not make special mention of the aguila super quietness? Reply
  • Gholam - Thursday, August 17, 2006 - link

    HEC 6A rebadge, Chieftec DX rebadge... pay once for the case, and twice more for a TT sticker. No thanks. Reply
  • Missing Ghost - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    The Aguila with no window does not exist?! I thinks Reply
  • tthiel - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    "There's a law on AnandTech case reviews: no matter what they might review, a bunch of people have to show up and grouse about how the cases look like crap, or they're nice looking but too expensive, or some other opinion followed by the statement that "no one would ever buy these...."

    So what your saying is people have different opinions...thats very insightful.
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  • teng029 - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    i like this case, although removable motherboard trays should be standard on cases these days. Reply
  • tthiel - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    Those are some seriously ugly cases. Reply
  • eastvillager - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    All bling, no zing. Reply
  • oopyseohs - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    I am curious as to what meter you used to measure sound below 40dB, or 30dB for that matter. I am looking for such a device myself. Reply
  • crydee - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    Any idea if when we can see some reviews for the huge Kandalf LCS and the one with the 24 cm fan on the side? That is what I'm looking forward to. The TT website is useless with dates or anything of the like though. Reply
  • akugami - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    I'm not a big fan of case doors and with the case door off the Aquila still looks good. However, no integrated optical drive bezels kills it for me. I like a clean uniform look and the aesthetics of a case is killed when you install a black/silver/beige optical drive in it that doesn't match the rest of the case.

    The other two cases are not my cup of tea.
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  • JoshuaBuss - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    Just a suggestion.. have you thought about a black aguila with black optical drives? I think that would look really sharp.. door or not Reply
  • ShapeGSX - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    I have a Thermaltake Tsunami, which is indentical inside to the Eclipse.

    http://www.turbocarz.com/shapegsx/tsunami/">Pictures here

    I have been very impressed with the case. Since I was building a home theater PC with large hard drive space requirements, I wanted a case that would cool 5 drives adequately. Because of the large 120mm fan in front of the drives, this case has performed the task admirably.

    http://www.turbocarz.com/shapegsx/tsunami/target6....">Here is a picture of 4 hard drives installed in the case. I now have 5 drives installed in the case (1.1TB) and the drives still never get hot.

    I really wanted a case without a door on front, but it is really hard to find everything you want in a case. And for me, the hard drive cooling was paramount.

    My next case will also be a Thermaltake.
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  • Lonyo - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    I managed 5 hard drives in a Coolermaster Praetorian with 2x80mm front fans right in front of 4 of the HDD's, and no door.

    There are many things which do not really appeal, such as the lack of a sliding motherboard tray, the doors, the side/front ports etc.
    Nothing which makes it have any appeal over other cases really, I think I would be more likely to get Coolermaster again.
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  • araczynski - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    i like aquila, unfortunately i'm tired of the closing/swinging door designs (on the front), as well as buttons being on the front of the case, rather then on top.

    i'm getting a centurion 532, simple design, great price, build it and forget it. i want to stare at the screens (games) not the tower, how much enjoyment does one get from staring at spinning fans? and even after a while i would think that too much lighting in the peripheral vision would get annoying to what you're trying to focus at, perhaps even unhealthy for the eyes?

    but to each their own.
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  • Araemo - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    Just a question about the motherboard in use...

    Why does it have a PCI-express slot near the right edge? What model is that?
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  • Murst - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    I never really got into the TT cases. They just seem too colorful for me. The last 2 cases I've had were a lian-li and the wavemaster, and they're both simple-enough looking while still remaining sharp.

    But I guess that's just personal preference.

    Looks aside, the only things that really matter are noise level, how easy it is to install components, and the available space (like, some cases don't even have enough space for some heatsinks) - imo anyways. From what I've seen, TT cases never really met all of the above conditions in a single design, but maybe I've missed something.
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  • JoshuaBuss - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    That's what I'm really try to emphasize here.. the Aguila is really startin to get everything right. The Armor definitely had some issues.. namely the green clips.. but the Aguila really doesn't have much wrong with it... (at all) Reply
  • raskren - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    I'm tired of these Nite Brite cases designed for the 15 year old boy. Come on! How about something a little more professional? I don't need or want giant holes, windows, or cases covered in LEDs! Reply
  • JoshuaBuss - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    despite what the majority of comments seem to point to, the fact is Thermaltake's cases sell like hot-cakes. people like them.. and no, I'm not just talking about 15 year old boys. different strokes for different folks Reply
  • Operandi - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    Nickelback, the Chevy Cavalier, and Huffy bikes sell like “hot-cakes” too yet all three suck, hmm… how about that?

    People like them sure but based on the comments here not the Anandtech demographic.
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  • JoshuaBuss - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    trust me, the 'active anandtech comment posters' demographic is nothing like the 'active anandtech reader' demographic ;) Reply
  • Le Québécois - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    Amen ! Reply
  • Forbin85 - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    I have to agree. What's with the doors on the front too?

    I actually just bought myself a Coolermaster Centurion 534 for my Conroe build.
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  • bob661 - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    I have a red Aspire aluminum case. I can't find my case anywhere anymore so I'm assuming it's been discontinued although steel versions can be found. Very simple design with side facing hard drive trays damn near the same as the Aguila. I'll have this case for a LONG time before I give it up. BTX will probably be the only way I'll change it. Reply
  • AMD4ME2 - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    I personally like screws! to hold in my expansion cards! I work on alot of machines daily and seriously... I'm sick of opening computers and finding expansion cards bouncing around in the case because of some wimpy screwless design. Reply
  • SilthDraeth - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    "Once our install was completed we noticed how much the honeycomb grill acts like a standard case window, but frankly we appreciate the ventilation and EMF shielding it provides more than just the cool factor."

    Just how much EMF shielding do you think an aluminum grill provides? And you mention that you like the ventilation, while at the same time, you express your worry over your hard drives getting to hot???

    and

    "This decision is interesting for a case designed more for sever use though, considering it sacrifices airflow over the hard drives, which shows up as considerably higher temperatures for our system hard drive and MOSFETs."

    I guess you can say the case is designed for servers. I actually thought it was a small form factor case, instead of an ATX case for building your own standard computer in.

    On a positive note I like the Aguila's design, but I still do not think it touches the Coolermaster Praetorian.
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  • JoshuaBuss - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    good point. I'll see if I can re-word that. Reply
  • cbuchach - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    I have been looking to upgrade my case for some time now with my planned new build and really think the Aguila may fit the bill. Unfortunately the windowless version that I would be interested seems to be very hard to come by in the US at this time. We'll see. Reply
  • imaheadcase - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    Yah been hard to find windowless one in the states, I found one but they inflated the price to like $300. lame. Reply
  • Budman - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    One word. YUCK Reply
  • Kalessian - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    I don't understand why you would say that. The Eureka is very plain... what kind of cases do you like?

    I think a black Aguila would look great.
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  • imaheadcase - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    The agila is the only decent case, the others look like rejects from Voltron casting. Reply
  • Frumious1 - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    There's a law on AnandTech case reviews: no matter what they might review, a bunch of people have to show up and grouse about how the cases look like crap, or they're nice looking but too expensive, or some other opinion followed by the statement that "no one would ever buy these...." Luckily, AnandTech seems to do a reasonable job of just presenting the facts on the cases and letting people decide for themselves whether or not they like how the case looks and would be interested in purchasing one.

    Too bad the Eureka is loud and cools the HDD/mosfets so poorly. Of course, I prefer a bit smaller cases anyway, and the Aguila looks pretty decent.
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  • Frumious1 - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    Oh yeah - I still don't trust the big orange TT fans. Things spin pretty fast and make a decent racket in my experience. Maybe some of them are better now, but the older 120mm dayglo orange things were pretty mediocre. I'm actually surprised any of these cases can manage to come in under 40 dB! Guy I know bought an Armor last year; freakin' turbine that thing is! Doesn't need to blow dry his hair if he angles the fans properly.... Reply
  • tk109 - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    I agree. They are ugly as butt.

    I saw the first one and I thought that maybe the rest will be better. But nope. One of them isn't too bad but I'd still not want to own it even if it was given to me. Like most of the case trends in recent years I think you have to be one of those super nerds to like em or something. They try way to hard on cases. Clean, straight, and simple is the way to go.
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  • GoatMonkey - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    quote:

    Clean, straight, and simple is the way to go.


    Get yourself an iMac and be done with it then.
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  • KorruptioN - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    Or a Lian-Li. Reply
  • mostlyprudent - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    I have been wrestling over the case issue recently. I like the looks of the Antec P150, but need door to keep the kids from turning off the PC at random. I like the P180, but it's too big. I've considered the Sonata II, but want a different PSU. Any idea how the Aguila compares performance-wise to the Antec cases? Reply
  • KorruptioN - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    Consider the Antec SLK3000B. No PSU, is decently quiet, very cheap, comes with a door (no lock though), and is about an inch taller. I have one (along with the new NSK6500) and am happy with it. Reply
  • JoshuaBuss - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    The aguila would perform right up there with a p150 in terms of thermals. the p150 would be slightly quieter stock though (assuming you set its tri-speed fans to the slowest speed) Reply

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