Thermaltake Spedo Advanced Chassisby Christoph Katzer on January 5, 2009 3:00 AM EST
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|Thermaltake Spedo Specifications|
|Motherboard Form Factor||ATX, Micro ATX|
|Drive Bays||External||7x 5.25", 1x 3.5"|
|Cooling||Front||1x 140mm intake|
|Rear||2x 120mm exhaust|
|Top||1x 230mm exhaust|
|Side||1x 230mm intake|
|Bottom||1x 120mm (Optional)|
|Front I/O Port||2x USB, 1x Audio, 1x Micro , 1x eSATA|
|Power Supply Size||Standard ATX|
|Dimensions||610 x 232 x 536 (WxHxD in mm)|
The initial impression on opening the case is that the interior is very roomy. There are several covers at the bottom; the first one covers the power supply and the second one above is the A.T.C.3. You can see a small green PCB at the bottom, which is another unique feature Thermaltake offers with the Spedo. This contact board has a counterpart on the side panel. When you close the panel, the two board connect to each other and enable the fan in the panel to run -- there's no need for additional cables or connections. If you install the PSU facing down with a 120mm fan, there is a filter to keep out the dust. Unfortunately the opening just beside this does not come with a filter. The other side reveals the C.R.M.3 that contains four table-like plastic parts connected to the back behind the motherboard. All cables going through the case can be stored under these parts.
The installation of parts is easy and the first impression of a big interior space is confirmed, as there's ample room after installing a normal size ATX motherboard. Space beside and above the motherboard allows you to easily route cables and helps allow air to circulate and cool the various components. Even longer video cards will fit inside of this case with no conflicts on the right side. The hard drives install without tools since Thermaltake provides a handy tightening system in the hard drive frames.
Our only minor complaint is that after installing our standard test bed, we installed all of the plastic covers again and found that the cover above the power supply touches the third graphics cards in our triple-SLI setup. This prevents fresh air from reaching the card's intake fan, which will almost certainly cause problems. As you will see on the next page, the definitely impacts GPU cooling.