Last year at Computex, BTX was the talk of the town. A year later, BTX didn’t have much to offer. As Anand stated yesterday, motherboard manufacturers are downplaying the importance of BTX, claiming that case manufacturers aren’t ready for the new standard. Meanwhile, case manufacturers keep telling us that there aren’t any retail BTX motherboards, so there is no point in building new BTX cases. Whether or not BTX is really a step forward is still debateable to some, but everyone agrees that it’s going to take an outstanding step from AMD or Intel to get these guys to start working together.


Now that ThermalTake has a few years of experience under their belt, their case designs are really starting to mature a bit. No more are they gaudy cases based on Chenming reference designs; ThermalTake’s new stuff is all completely designed in house nowadays – our ThermalTake representative was excited to announce to us that there are over 50 R&D employees in Taiwan alone with the company.

The Taichi is ThermalTake’s new flagship design at the show. What makes this a cool case is the fact that it was designed from the ground up to be a watercooling case – the reservoir, piping and waterblock are all integrated into the design. The BTX sign on top of the case is slightly misleading, since this is not a BTX case.

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For those who remember the Armor series, a Mini-Armor is on its way. More the size of a mid-ATX case, this is actually a BTX compliant chassis. The Mini-Armor took the prize as one of the better looking BTX cases that we saw at the show.

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New revisions on the Eclipse and Circle case are coming as well. Eclipse was always a personal favorite of ours – but the Eclipse DV aims to really impress. What looks like just a CD holder is actually a CD/DVD player. Retail shipments are a little ways off, but you can be assured that we will take a look at this interesting design once it becomes available.

There were also HTPC and new desktop cases on display. The brushed aluminum designs are a step away from ThermalTake’s previous directions, but we like it. Lastly, we wanted to mention ThermalTake’s reintroduction of the Golden Orb CPU cooler series. Golden Orb II looks strikingly familiar to Zalman’s HSF line, but if it’s cheap and it works, that’s all that matters to us.

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  • Yawgm0th - Thursday, June 2, 2005 - link

    Windows has had software RAID 5 for years, too...
  • ProviaFan - Thursday, June 2, 2005 - link

    Which brings to mind that I seem to recall the Server editions of Windows being able to do software RAID as well...
  • bersl2 - Thursday, June 2, 2005 - link

    Um... I think some fact checking needs to be done about this statement:

    "While BSD operating systems have enjoyed Raid 5 software RAID via the OS for years, Linux and Windows have not been as fortunate."

    This old document puts RAID 5 in the kernel, in a working, if not feature-complete, form in 1997 (2.1.63).

    This more recent version of the HOWTO places an updated version of RAID at no later than Jan. 2001 (2.4.0---and that's not counting it being in any development series kernels).
  • ProviaFan - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - link

    Yeah, I wonder where all these high-res displays are that Longhorn is supposedly going to support...

    Thanks anyway for the comprehensive coverage!
  • Tarumam - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - link

    Nice coverage. Wonder what´s wrong with the LCD guys though.

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