Thermaltake's Xaser III Skull Series - A Case For the Tough Guyby Purav Sanghani on March 11, 2004 4:20 PM EST
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HardcanoThe VM3000A also features an updated design that includes an rheobus, which Thermaltake calls the Hardcano. This module can be removed just like, and can be replaced with, a normal 5-1/4" drive. The panel itself has an LED display with a 2 color backlight: blue for normal temperatures, and red for the alarm mode. The display shows the user specified alarm temperature on top and the current CPU temperature below. A temperature alarm can be set by an inset dial using a small flat screw driver. When the temperature rises past the set alarm, the Hardcano produces an audible alert along with the red backlight display. On the right half are 2 dials to control the speed of 2 case fans connected directly to the power supply. This number seems insufficient, since there are a total of 4 fans installed. There are also twin ports for USB and a port for firewire capabilities. A disadvantage to the included fire wire adapter cable is that it needs to be taken out externally through the back and plugged in to a fire wire card on the back panel.
Though the Hardcano has a plethora of features, it also has an overabundance of wiring, especially for the USB ports. The bundle of wires to connect the USB ports to the motherboard are separated with their own plugs, which can be time consuming and frustrating to plug in and also confusing, since the labels are not standard.